Fergus McAuliffe, a UCC PhD student, has won the prestigious 2013 FameLab International competition at the UK Times Cheltenham Science Festival. Fergus is an environmental scientist researching the use of willow trees for treating waste water, but at the festival he chose to speak about the Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) and its amazing ability to survive freezing and thawing every winter.
This short film on Irish scientific achievements was produced by Dervalomedia on behalf of the Irish staff of the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy. It was first shown at the JRC open day on May 4th, 2013 which was attended by Máire Geoghegan Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.
The film is based on “The Little Book of Irish Science” produced by Science Foundation Ireland. Images contained in the book were produced by Duffy Design in Dublin. Music is by Ronan Hardiman.
The NUI Galway led REDDSTAR project features from 4.10 in the video. The REDDSTAR project aims to use adult stem cell to treat diabetes and its associated complications and more details can be found here: http://www.reddstar.eu/
A 17-year-old scientist from Yorkshire has built his own DNA testing machine and is using it to conduct experiments in a laboratory at his home.
Fred Turner built the machine, known as a Polymerase Chain Reaction machine, at a cost of just £250 – much lower than the several thousand pounds it would have cost to purchase.
Examining DNA cells is highly complex work and Fred’s efforts have been rewarded with both a top engineering prize and a place to study biochemistry at Oxford University.
-FROM BBC NEWS, INCLUDES VIDEO