Life in Space – How do Bones feel Gravity?

Ivor Geoghegan, Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate (Photo credit, Enda O’Connell)

In the first of our series of Research Videos for 2016, Ivor Geoghegan, a Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate in the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, under the supervision of Dr Laoise McNamara in the Mechanobiology and Medical Device Research Group in the Discipline of Biomedical Engineering, NUI Galway, speaks about the effect of microgravity on the bone density of astronauts, and how research in this area may lead to treatments for osteoporosis.

Video by Claire Riordan, Scientific Engagement Associate at CÚRAM .

ReelLIFE SCIENCE Meets Cmdr. Chris Hadfield!

‘You Are Here – Around the World in 92 Minutes’ by Chris Hadfield (Pan Macmillan)

On Saturday November 15th, Cmdr. Chris Hadfield visited Eason in Galway to sign copies of his latest book ‘You Are Here – Around the World in 92 Minutes’. As this video posted by The Connacht Tribune shows, it was an extremely popular event, with hundreds of people braving the elements to meet Ireland’s favourite astronaut.

The ReelLIFE SCIENCE team were lucky enough to meet Cmdr. Hadfield beforehand, where he presented students from the winning primary school, Scoil Aonghusa Senior, with their €1000 prize. As one of our Special Guest Judges for 2015, he had been very impressed with the videos submitted by Irish primary and secondary students for the competition, saying “Discovery and creativity, turned loose by imagination. A great project that I am proud to be a part of.”

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Science in Space: Seeing the Invisible Universe

In the final Research Article for 2015, Dr. Neil Trappe, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Physics in  Maynooth University  writes about how his research helps scientists ‘see’ much more of the universe than previously possible.

Stars in the sky (Image credit ESA/Hubble)


When you look outside at the clear night sky you will see many thousands of stars overheard which is, of course, a beautiful sight. The Moon, stars, planets, comets and galaxies can all be observed if you know where to look just using your eyes. But if you have a pair of binoculars or a telescope these optical instruments also you to see much more detail and many fainter objects you would not be able to see with just your eyes. The telescope gathers more light and magnifies the objects letting you see more and enhance your view.

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