Trinity College Dublin

  • ​Our bodies need vitamin D, but many peoples' indoor lifestyles keep them from getting enough via sunlight exposure. So, how can someone find out just how high their D levels are? Well, blood sampling works, although levels can now also be determined simply by analyzing one of the person's hairs.
  • ​Like so many other diseases, tuberculosis is becoming increasingly resistant to treatment by antibiotics. There may be hope, however, as scientists have developed a new vitamin-based treatment which could both halt the disease, and prevent antibiotic-resistance from developing further.
  • ​If you've watched even one TV show about sharks, then chances are you've seen awesome footage of great whites jumping completely out of the water. As it turns out, though, they're not the only ones who like getting high. Their even larger cousin, the basking shark, has also been spotted doing so.
  • Science
    Researchers have uncovered a new metabolic process involved in the immune system's inflammatory processes. Manipulating this mechanism could essentially "switch off" inflammation and enable the development of entirely new anti-inflammatory drugs to treat a host of auto-immune disorders.
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    A team of scientists may have developed a new method of predicting potentially deadly eruptions, by studying tiny crystals contained in volcanic debris. In the future, the research could provide greater warning, and so more evacuation time to at-risk populations.
  • "Today will be hazy with a heavy possibility of spontaneous pit formation. Also keep your eyes peeled for floating chunks of carbon dioxide and, as always, don't leave home without your hab suit." That could some day be the winter weather forecast Martian colonists wake up to, based on new research.
  • ​Graphene could certainly be described as a wonder material. Silly Putty, on the other hand … well, it's an old-school kids' toy. Scientists recently combined the one with the other, however, to create sensors capable of unprecedented sensitivity.​
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    Light has long been one of the areas of physics that is best understood. But now researchers have discovered a new form of light that not only adds to our deeper understanding of its properties, but may help improve quantum computing and fiber-optic communications
  • A team of researchers has unearthed what they are calling a "marvel molecule." Said to be capable of suppressing a key activator of various inflammatory diseases, it is hoped the finding could lead to more effective treatments for conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to rheumatoid arthritis.
  • In an effort to make bitcoin more attractive to a wider range of legitimate businesses, students at Trinity College Dublin are looking for ways to increase transparency in transactions without ditching the anonymity altogether and believe a "credit-check" database could be one answer.
  • Harvard University labs are offering a comprehensive online Soft Robotics Toolkit to help in the design, creation, and control of soft robots made from flexible materials. The toolkit contains downloadable, open-source plans, step-by-step tutorial videos, and real world studies.
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    Graphene is a cutting-edge wonder material, whereas rubber bands ... well, they're not so high-tech. By combining the one with the other, however, scientists have created ultra-cheap body motion sensors that could make a big difference in the field of health care.