Spotlight on Research

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The James Webb Space Telescope: what we know after one week and five images

NASA’s first five images from the James Webb Space Telescope will help us unpick the origins of the Universe, writes Prof Emma Whelan, School of Experimental Physics

Monday, 18 July 2022

Higgs Boson Discovery

Inside the atom: Marking the 10th anniversary of the Higgs boson discovery

Ten years on from a monumental moment in particle physics, Prof Jon-Ivar Skullerud, Dept of Theoretical Physics, discusses what we know and what’s yet to discover about the sub-atomic world

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

data analytics

Mapping the future: AIRO puts data analytics at forefront of policy planning

AIRO’s databank of publicly accessible information has become a ‘pulse’ of how Ireland is operating across a wide range of sectors, writes Justin Gleeson, Director of the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO)

Monday, 04 July 2022

Census 2022

Census 2022: What does it mean for Dáil representation?

The population growth seen in the preliminary census figures points to more TDs and extensive boundary changes, writes Dr Adrian Kavanagh, Department of Geography

Friday, 24 June 2022


Have Leaving Cert maths questions got easier or harder?

An archive of Leaving Cert Maths papers tells a fascinating story of how the exam has changed since 1925, writes Prof David Malone and Dr Hazel Murray, Department of Maths and Hamilton Institute

Monday, 13 June 2022

Ireland German Reunification

What would a united Ireland look like? Some lessons from Germany

German reunification shows the many complex issues which must be dealt with when it comes to uniting two jurisdictions, writes Prof Tobias Lock, Department of Law

Tuesday, 07 June 2022

Impact of Ukraine war on Ireland

Why Russia's war on Ukraine should be a wake-up call for Ireland

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has had a massive global effect, something which has major ramifications for Ireland's defence strategy, writes David Murphy, Department of History

Monday, 30 May 2022

What climate change means to Irish rivers

What does climate change mean for Irish rivers?

A new study sets out what climate change's impact on temperatures and rainfall patterns will mean for Irish rivers writes Dr Conor Murphy, Department of Geography & ICARUS Climate Research Centre

Monday, 23 May 2022

Sometimes I’m missing the words

‘Sometimes I’m missing the words’

A report on the experiences and rights of foreign nationals and ethnic minorities in the Irish penal system is the first of its kind in Ireland, write researchers in the School of Law and Criminology

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Ukraine War

After losing the first phase, what next for Russia in Ukraine?

Putin's forces appear to have processed the hard lessons from the opening weeks in Ukraine and have now reset their war plans, writes Dr David Murphy, Department of History

Tuesday, 03 May 2022