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What’s the use of investing in science?

It all depends on what we expect by way of return. Scientists at the SFI summit did not think it is all just about money.

Could a cloud of volcanic ash create another mini-ice age?

Following an eruption that grounded flights, another Icelandic glacier covered volcano is likely to pose a much greater climate-changing threat.

The biopharma revolution

Using antibodies to guide drugs to their destination can make traditional treatment far more effective while giving Ireland’s pharmaceutical sector a big boost.

Rock scientists

Geologists are planning to make better use of Ireland’s natural resource through a new organisation, iCRAG.


Through a clever combination of physics, engineering and biotechnology, medical testing can now be done with the spin of a disk.

Young Scientist Exhibition

Are you going to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS? Science Spin will be there, so visit us at Stand W25!

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Survey Sheds Light on Lives of Irish Bats

by Anthony King

There are ten species of bat that make Ireland their home, but despite the fact that many of them like to 'hang out' close to us humans, in our houses, churches and old buildings, we know suprisingly little about them. A bat survey is underway to find out more about out bats. How many bats are there in Ireland, where are they, how exactly do they live their lives? It is hoped that this survey work will advance academic knowledge and help with bat conservation efforts.

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Dread the needle? Relief is at hand for those petrified of needles

by Fiona Dunlevy

The moment arrives. You are with your GP and you have a nagging feeling he's going to mention the N word. And, sure enough, as he says, "I think we'll run some blood tests", with the nonchalance of those who don't dread the Needle, you begin to think you'd rather live with whatever disease is causing your symptoms, nasty as it may be.

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Bioinvasions; Conquering the natives

by Shane Leavy

Since life began oceans, mountain ranges and other natural barriers have prevented species from expanding to new locations. Over the last few thousand years, however, enterprising humans have changed everything. Travelling the world with their pets, pests and parasites, humans have introduced species to new ecosystems, free from competition or predators, where - sometimes - they conquer the natives. Shane Leavy looks at the phenomenon of bioinvasions.

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