Watson and Crick would never have discovered the DNA double helix in 1953, if it hadn’t been for an ingenious Irish scientist, who was born on this day 1901. That scientist was the great JD Bernal, who pioneered the study of the structure of proteins and other complex molecules, and is regarded by many as […]
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A hidden treasure for Science Week!
Do you like a good story? Interested in geeky history and science? Then you’ll love the wonderful museum in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Well worth a visit, it is in our online Atlas of Ingenious Ireland. And for more great stories like this, check out our new ebook about Dublin’s scientific heritage, Ingenious Dublin (the […]
Halloween: Samuel Haughton’s ‘humane hanging’
One of Ireland’s more unusual contributions to civilisation was calculating the humane hangman’s drop. In the good old days, public executions were a popular spectacle, and indeed, the word ‘gala’ comes from gallows. Now, hanging was originally a prelude to drawing and quartering — or, for women, being burned at the stake — and never […]
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. […]
How the ingenious Irish changed the world
Irish people have changed the world — we helped to put a man on the moon, changed the face of modern warfare, and revolutionised farming. We are better known for our writers, yet we also have a rich tradition of invention, from medical devices to military matters, from big ideas, to small things. Here are […]
The geeks guide to Dublin likes our tour!
The Euroscientist.com sent a reporter on a geeks guide to Dublin. He was scouting for things to do in Dublin for the hordes of scientists who will descend in 2012, when the City of Science and the Euroscience Open Forum will both take place in Dublin. And happily he really liked our geology walking tour!
Our Dublin guided tour gets a rave review on RTE!
The Mooney show on RTE Radio 1 gave our geology walking tour a rave review. Just wish I could link to a podcast, so that you could hear Richard Collins, and all those nice things he said about us so enthusiastically!
Our new guided geology tour if Dublin makes the news!
We had a full house for our first geology walking tour of Dublin, the media were there, the weather fairy smiled on us, and Minister for Natural Resources Conor Lenihan gave us an enthusiastic and good humoured launch — pointing out that ‘Dublin on the Rocks’ is not to be taken as an economic description! […]
New Dublin walking tour, 500 million years in the making!
New geology walking tour of Dublin Jurassic creatures, time travel, and some little-known Irish rock art PRESS RELEASE An unusual new Dublin guided tour is taking people back in time and face-to-face with Jurassic creatures, just by strolling the city streets. Called ‘Dublin Rocks’, the walking tour explores the very fabric of the city’s landscape […]