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'Vibrating strings' may hold the key
CLAIRE O'CONNELL The next time you pour a drink of sparkling water, stop and look at the bubbles. Could our universe be like one of them, a single bubble among many other universes? That's was one of the mind-blowing (if speculative) concepts outlined by Prof Brian Greene in his keynote address at Euroscience Open Forum 2012 in the Convention Centre in Dublin.
CultureLab: Passing the baton of life - from Schrödinger to Venter
(Image: David S. Holloway/Getty Images) Sixty-nine years ago, Erwin Schrödinger stood before a crowd at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and tackled one of the biggest questions of science: What is life? Last night, geneticist Craig Venter stood before a packed crowd at the very same college and asked that same question.
Tour de France 2012: an interactive guide
Running from 30 June to 22 July the 99th Tour de France comprises a prologue and 20 stages covering 3,497km. Check out our brilliant route maps, stage-by-stage analysis from William Fotheringham and guide to team tactics
Derry City 0-3 Drogheda Utd
Last updated at 21:01 GMT Derry City were well beaten by Drogheda United in their Premier Division game at the Brandywell on Friday night. Gavin Brennan slotted the ball past Ger Doherty from close range after a mistake by young defender Michael Barr for the opener after nine minutes.
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Fracking Concerns Turn To Worker Health Hazards And Potential Silica Exposure - Forbes
To-date, concerns surrounding hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, have been focused mainly on environmental risks. Now it appears federal agencies have concerns about worker health hazards in this fast-growing industry, specifically with regard to potential worker exposure to dust with high levels of respirable crystalline silica. Yesterday, the Occupational Safety and [...]
Nature News Blog: Missing biologist surfaces, reunites with family : Nature News Blog
Margaret "Margie" Profet has returned. In Psychology Today this month, journalist Mike Martin tells the haunting tale of a promising young evolutionary biologist who vanished without a trace. Profet won a coveted MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 1993 based on her compelling but controversial ideas about the adaptive value of allergies, menstruation and morning sickness.
GuanoLad's Domain: You Can Dance If You Want To
I was having a quiet evening in (just like 99.9% of all my other evenings) randomly leaping through YouTube, when I stumbled across the music video for the 80s one hit wonder Safety Dance by "Men Without Hats". Famous for its incomprehensible nonsense, coupled with a weirdly catchy tune, it was the band's only success, and is still popular amongst the nostalgic.
The Science News Cycle of Life: Rise, Fall, and Renewal
Today a science story was born and killed in just hours: this morning science lifted our spirits with this finding that coffee made us live a little longer, Wonkblog's Sarah Kliff gets all smarty pants on us by debunking the finding with this contrarian headline: "No, drinking coffee probably won't make you live longer."
In tune with the hipsters
In tune with the hipsters Posted: 16 May 2012 Think of a hipster city, one that latches on to music trends early and throws them off before they become stale. Seattle? New York? London? Try again: Oslo, Dublin and Atlanta top the charts in a study by UCD researchers Prof Pádraig Cunningham and Conrad Lee, published on the online scientific forum Physics arXiv at http://arxiv.org/pdf/1204.2677v1.pdf.
The Invisible Mother
'This was a practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply foc