Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Irish horse cheats death through the appliance of science

Irish horse cheats death through the appliance of science

A promising young racehorse facing the prospect of being put down was rescued from death by a bone repair technology developed by scientists in Ireland. The thoroughbred’s jaw was rebuilt and the two-year-old filly is performing well on the racetrack.

The bone repair technology, called HydroxyColl, allows lost or damaged bone to be regrown. It was developed by researchers in the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (Amber) a collaboration involving Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Protein to prevent diabetes discovered by Maynooth University Scientists

Pellino3 protein may prevent obesity-driven diabetes, find Maynooth University scientists

Maynooth University scientists have identified a protein in the body that may have the potential to prevent the development of obesity-driven diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the world's fastest growing epidemics, with an estimated 225,000 people in Ireland alone suffering from the disease.  Obesity is a key driver of Type 2 Diabetes, given that excess abdominal fat causes fat cells to release a 'pro-inflammatory' chemical which can make the body less sensitive to the insulin it produces and disrupt the ability of insulin-responsive cells to fulfill their function.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Eco Eye, Series 12 (2014)

Eco Eye, Series 12 (2014)

The Eco Eye series twelve ran for 10 episodes, starting on the 7th of January 2014. Click on the link to see a brief description of each episode followed by the episode itself in HD.

Episode One ‘Irish food?’: Investigates Ireland’s food supply and asks why we import almost as much food as we export and often the very same foodstuffs. Across Ireland we meet organic food producers, local retailers as well as supermarkets as we examine how secure our food supply is and how much of our food is indeed Irish.

Biomed Central Infectious Diseases – review of 2014

BMC Infectious Diseases – review of 2014

Highlighted tpics include Bacterial & fungal diseases, Hepatitis & co-infections, HIV & co-infections,Parasitological diseases,Sexually transmitted diseases, Vaccines, and Viral diseases.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Hubble returns to 'old friends' for 25th Anniversary

Hubble returns to 'old friends' 

The Hubble Space Telescope, which in 2015 completes 25 years in orbit, has gathered dramatic new views of two well-known celestial objects. Revisiting one of its earliest and most famous photos, a new view of the Eagle Nebula shows its "Pillars of Creation" in more detail than ever before. And a composite of 13,000 shots of our neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy becomes the telescope's biggest ever image. Both were unveiled in Seattle at an American Astronomical Society meeting.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Brown bears, wolves and lynx numbers rising in Europe

Brown bears, wolves and lynx numbers rising in Europe

 Land-sharing model of conservation is helping large predators thrive in the wild – and even the British countryside could support big carnivores, study finds .

MSc Computer Science at Maynooth University

MSc Computer Science

Looking for a world class Masters programme in software engineering? At Maynooth University we have scholarships and work placements available with our Taught Masters programmes.

University Research Excellence Framework Results for the UK

Education news, opinion and guides | The Guardian

Check out which are the top  Research Universities in the UK, and which subjects are producing the best research.

Maynooth University discovery in the fight against diabetes

Maynooth University discovery in the fight against diabetes

Maynooth University scientists have identified a protein in the body that may have the potential to prevent the development of obesity-driven diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest growing epidemics, with an estimated 225,000 people in Ireland alone suffering from the disease.  Obesity is a key driver of Type 2 Diabetes, given that excess abdominal fat causes fat cells to release a ‘pro-inflammatory’ chemical which can make the body less sensitive to the insulin it produces and disrupt the ability of insulin-responsive cells to fulfill their function.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Academics across UK fearful in advance of Ref results

Academics across UK fearful in advance of Ref results

 Research Excellence Framework, which judges quality of research, widely criticised as divisive and a cause of bullying

Times Higher Education choose Scopus data for its World University Ranking | Scopus Blog | Elsevier

Times Higher Education choose Scopus data for its World University Ranking 

Times Higher Education (THE), a global leader in university rankings, has announced their decision to work with the Scopus database and SciVal, Elsevier’s research metrics analysis tool, for its World University Ranking and other rankings including the 100 Under 50, Asia University and BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings.

Both Scopus and SciVal are available to Maynooth University users via the Library.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

BBC Horizon - Fermat's Last Theorem

BBC Horizon - Fermat's Last Theorem

 In 1996 this documentary was made about Fermat’s
Last Theorem for the BBC series Horizon. It was 50 minutes of
mathematicians talking about mathematics, which is not the obvious
recipe for a TV blockbuster, but the result was a programme that
captured the public imagination and which received critical acclaim. The programme won the BAFTA for best documentary, a Priz Italia,
other international prizes and an Emmy nomination – this proves that
mathematics can be as emotional and as gripping as any other subject on
the planet so says Simon Singh http://simonsingh.net/books/fermats-last-theorem/fermats-last-theorem-the-tv-documentary/