Spotlight on Research

How adult education can shape and promote equality

Adult learning has the potential to bring about a just, fair and equal society

Friday, 23 November 2018

Andy Irvine: A Life’s Work in Folk Music

Since arriving in Dublin in 1962, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andy Irvine has been an ever-present figure on the Irish music scene, and is a worthy recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards next week.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Getting out the vote: what influences voter turnout?

Voter turnout can be defined as the percentage of people who turn out to vote in a given election. In Ireland and other European countries, voter turnout levels are expressed as a percentage of the number of people on the electoral register. Thus, if there are problems with the electoral register, turnouts may be over, or under.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Dr Rory Hearne

Why fixing Ireland's housing crisis requires a change of policy

Opinion: the strongest indication that the government's policy has failed is how the housing emergency has extended across Irish society

Friday, 12 October 2018

A Historic Moment in Reproductive Rights

The Minister for Health introduced the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Dáil, which seeks to legalise abortion services in Ireland this week. This was a historic occasion undoubtedly in a State and society that has demonstrated a deeply troubled relationship with women who fall pregnant outside of marriage by institutionalizing or criminalizing women.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

History - Alison Fitzgerald - Maynooth University

How mechanical peacocks took 18th century Dublin by storm

18th-century Dubliners and visitors to the city paid to view a show at the "Great Room in William Street" (likely the current headquarters of the Irish Georgian Society) in 1774.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

How useful is the content we create online?

How useful is the content we create online? By Dr Peter Mooney, Department of Computer Science The Brainstorm long read: we generate a massive amount of online content from Facebook posts to YouTube videos, but it's nearly impossible for us to manage the privacy of this data

Friday, 31 August 2018

Lost in translation: Koko the gorilla and language research

In June, the world learned of the passing of a great personality in language research. The said personality was not a human researcher but a non-human primate and long-term participant, Koko the gorilla.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Psychology - Brain Models - Maynooth University

How do our brains work?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a Cognitive Neuroscience technique that enables us to stimulate the human brain non-invasively. While this in itself is an impressive feat, the technique is not just a fascinating toy, but plays a huge role in informing our understanding of how the brain and different functions are related.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Your city is watching you

The city is not only watching us, but also listening to us and tracking our movements through a combination of cameras, microphones and several types of sensors that detect presence, motion, heat and distance among other things.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

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