Science & Technology


Dark Humour, A Warning Sign of Dementia?

Dark Humour, A Warning Sign of Dementia? We all have different senses of humour; some have witty or jovial humour, whereas others have a darker one.  Scientists now believe that a change in a sense of humour, particularly when it has become darker; may be an indication of the onset of dementia. The... 

The Secrets of the Pyramids

At the most Northern end of Africa lies the country of mystical pyramids and pharaohs. It has been thousands of years since the pharaohs have ruled over Egypt, but their legends live on from within the catacombs of the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings. The mysteries of the pyramids and... 

The Highly Sensitive Person

The Highly Sensitive Person The Oxford Dictionary defines sensitivity as ‘affected by stimuli or mental impressions, receiving impressions quickly and easily, alert and considerate about the feelings of others, or easily hurt or offended’. But to me sensitivity goes much deeper than that.... 

The Impact of Technology on Children

Young children have become very adept with modern technology. Whether it is showing grandma how to send a text or playing with their computer games, they know how to do it. While it is beneficial to be computer savvy and not a technophobe, it can cause some problems. Dr Iain McGilchrist, who is a medical... 

Google Finances New Technology for Blind People

Google Finances New Technology for Blind People Ever wondered what being blind feels like? As children we used to pretend that we were blind and would try and make our way around the house without opening our eyes; to see if we could make it to the next room without peeping, feeling our way around the... 

Does The Placebo Effect Really Work?

Have you ever taken a product and really believed it will help you to feel better? A U.S study has found that participants, who were given a fake painkiller and told it was fake still felt better after taking it. Scientists applied heated Vaseline with blue food colouring to the participant’s forehead.... 

New Driving Simulator

In June a new driving initiative was launched for service users of St. Patrick’s University Hospital. Senator Eamonn Coghlan launched the new Driving Simulator in Dublin, funded by the Walk In My Shoes campaign. “The idea for a driving simulator in a mental health hospital has to be acknowledged... 

Ways To Boost Your Memory

Ways To Boost Your Memory What is memory? Memory is the process of storing and then recalling the information you have learnt. Memory encoding is a biological process which begins with perception through the senses.  When you think of the perceived item you wish to remember, you pay attention to this. ... 

Pluto Unveiled

A distant image of Pluto taken from the Hubble telescope Pluto Unveiled On the 14th of July a space probe cut inside the orbit of the moon Charon and travelling close to 50,000 km per hour, screamed by the dwarf planet Pluto. After journeying for nine years New Horizons took just three short minutes... 

Dublin Bay New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Dublin Bay New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Dublin bay has been recognised as a Biosphere reserve by the UNESCO.  Bull Island was first recognised as a reserve in 1981, and now the rest of Dublin Bay has been awarded one. Other worldwide UNESCO biospheres include the Skocjan Caves Park in Slovenia, Serra... 

The Pet of the Future

The Pet of the Future Are you the type of person who would love a dog but are not sure you could handle the responsibility? Maybe you live in an apartment, or your work hours might leave Rex home alone all day. If you find yourself watching wistfully as dog and dog owner stroll past, only to look away... 

Multi-Vitamins May Increase Health Risks

Scientists at the University of Colorado in the U.S have discovered that taking vitamins above the recommended daily allowance (RDA) may increase the risk of developing cancer.  The Food Safety Authority in Ireland (FSAI) wants to put regulations in place across the EU in order to prevent the spread... 

Digital Hub – Eight New Companies in First Quarter of 2015

Since the start of this year eight ambitious, expanding digital companies have joined The Digital Hub. The Digital Hub is based in the Liberties D8 area and is an enterprise cluster that caters for growing technology companies in Ireland.   Employing almost 650 people and with 89 established businesses... 

Evolution

Evolution By Langdon Smith (1858-1908) When you were a tadpole and I was a fish In the Paleozoic time, And side by side on the ebbing tide We sprawled through the ooze and slime, Or skittered with many a caudal flip Through the depths of the Cambrian fen, My heart was rife with the joy of life, For... 

YOUR DOG CAN SEE HOW YOU FEEL

         YOUR DOG CAN SEE HOW YOU FEEL Dog lovers seldom have any doubt about the smarts and sensitivity of their pets and many have claimed that their dogs can pick up on what they think and feel. But the world of science has taken a more sceptical view. Anthropomorphism, defined as when humans... 

The Healing Powers of Cats

The Healing Powers of Cats Do our furry feline friends have healing powers? According to a recent scientific study, the vibration of a cat purring can promote the healing of broken bones.  The findings also revealed that cat owners live longer than those who do not own a cat, and owners are also less... 

Big Bang or What?

Big Bang or What? Evolution of the earth is a mystery to retain The scientists will be adamant of their big bang theory claim Religions try to argue that their scriptures have it right While science DNA brings new evidence to light There are contradictions everywhere be it written in the scripts Or... 

Computerised World

Computerised World The older we get the more we can teach That learning for us is not out of reach For back in the past we’d write on a pad Of the things in our life that were happy or sad But as the times passed, we started to type A far distant world then Microsoft or Skype And yet we’d converse... 

2013 Future Creators Showcase @ Computer Clubhouse (Dec 18)

There is a very special event taking place next week at the Computer Clubhouse, which is run by The South West Inner City Network (SWICN), an umbrella organisation for groups such as ourselves in this part of the city. The SWICN Computer Clubhouse is to hold it’s annual showcase, which presents... 

Games Review: Grand Theft Auto 5

There are literally hundreds of reviews dedicated to this game, and why not? It’s the fastest selling entertainment product in the world (think about that…what a damning thing to say about human nature), so what makes this review different? Nothing, but you’re here now so you may well read on. The... 
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