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This six-part award winning series returns, with Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Jonathan McCrea and Kathriona Devereux showcasing the Irish science behind aspects of modern life, from virtual reality to Botox and aliens to the Internet of cows.
In the first episode of the new series, we're investigate radon, the silent radioactive killer that's naturally contained in the rocks and soils across Ireland. Incredibly, exposure to radon gas in our homes is second only to smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer in Ireland and yet its surprisingly easy to tackle.
Can our minds connect directly with computers to communicate thought and transcend human limitations? Researchers are making impressive progress toward achieving such a vision.
The rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is globally recognised as one of the greatest potential threats to human health. No new class of antibiotic has been found since 1987, and in February 2017, the UN's World Health Organisation released its first ever list of the World's Most Dangerous Superbugs, saying, "Within a generation, without new antibiotics, deaths from drug-resistant infection could reach 10 million a year. Without new medicines to treat deadly infection, lifesaving treatments like chemotherapy and organ transplant, and routine operations like caesareans and hip replacements, will be potentially fatal."Aoibhinn travels to Geneva to meet Dr. Marc Sprenger, Director of Antimicrobial Resistance at the World Health Organisation to find out more about the AMR threat, and what is being done to fight back.
The energy from 1.5 hours of sunlight on the earth's surface is sufficient to meet annual global energy consumption – so how here in Ireland can we fully reap the benefits of such an amazing, renewable resource?
Genetics is currently one of the most exciting areas of scientific research and after decades of promise, the science of gene therapy, where ‘bad genes' are removed or replaced is finally starting to deliver and one of the best examples of this is happening right here in Ireland.
Drones have been the hot new technology for a number of years now, and as the technology advances and costs come down, they're becoming incredibly versatile in how they can be used. FPV (First Person View) racing is an exciting new sport that combines the science of high-tech drones and the thrill of high-speed racing. These tiny racing drones can reach speeds of up to 100km/h and Jonathan visits the Irish Drone Nationals at Mondello Park to try it out for himself.
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