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A walk in the tropics of Glasnevin: Podcast Tour 2

Want to know what links Ludwig Wittgenstein and the celery-topped pine tree? Then come with us on our podcast tour of the wonderful glasshouses in the Irish Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, Dublin.  You’ll hear stories about weird plants, the engineering of a glasshouse, exotic orchids, and some of the science and scientists associated with the […]

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10 things you might not know about Dublin!

1. Napoleon Bonaparte’s toothbrush is in the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street! (Well, one of his brushes!) 2. ‘Humane hanging’ was invented here in 1866 by Samuel Haughton, a TCD geology professor. 3. Acetylene was discovered in Leinster House in 1836 by a chemistry professor, Edmund Davy, who nearly blew the place up with his experiment.   […]

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A song, a walk and a good equation: podcast tour 1

Do you enjoy a song, a walk and a good algebra equation? Then you’ll enjoy our podcast walking tour.  It features a lovely stroll by Dublin’s Royal Canal, tracing the steps of Ireland’s greatest scientist Sir William Rowan Hamilton, on the day he invented a new type of algebra.  Click to download the podcast here. […]

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What inventions should be in our new tour?

From the stethoscope and the hypodermic syringe to Sudocrem… there are lots of ingenious inventions associated with Dublin and Ireland.  There are also some tasty ones — like milk chocolate and flavoured crisps — and rather a lot of boozy ones too (think: whiskey,  Bailey’s Irish cream, Irish coffee and draught Guinness in a can). […]

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What are Ireland’s ‘Top 10’ science places?

You can now find Ireland’s ‘top 10’ science places, thanks to our new interactive Atlas of ingenious places. We’ve selected the best Irish locations, in six geeky-science themes, stretching all the way from the Giant’s Causeway to Mizen Head. To view each of the ‘top 10’ lists on the Atlas, just toggle the other categories off.   […]

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Mixing humours: Ireland’s first blood transfusion

Ireland’s first (recorded) blood transfusion took place on this day in 1865 when, in a last-ditch attempt to save a girl’s life, a doctor gave her some of his own blood. It wasn’t a success . . . but it may have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  The story begins a few weeks earlier… On March 27th […]

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What are Ireland’s top 10 science sites?

Next month, we are launching a new online Atlas of Ireland’s ‘ingenious places’ – everything, from museums, to landscapes, commemoratives plaques, and the best places to watch wildlife.   We are starting with our ‘top 10’ favourites in each category, and soon we will open the Atlas, so you’ll be able to add your favourite […]

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Ingenious treasure hunt for St Patrick’s Festival!

Fun for all the family!   The St Patrick’s Festival treasure hunt has an ingenious twist this bank holiday Monday (March 19).   In honour of Dublin being European City of Science 2012, there is a science flavour to the questions — and great spot prizes for the best science costume. Your team will have […]

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