Is racism in our DNA? Injectable robots to tackle brain cancer; spider home invasions; Elon Musk’s brain hack device

Science News Roundup 31st August, ’20 

Broadcast on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan 31/08/20

A ‘pill’ for loneliness; Covid-19 is a wildfire not a wave; Blood test for Alzheimer’s; Frozen eggs as good as Fresh

Science Stories of the Week 3rd – 7th August

#CoolScientist slot on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, broadcast 7th August 2020

Credit: @chantaldgarcia

  • Scientists are working whether a ‘pill’ can be developed to combat loneliness, which some regard as ‘more dangerous than obesity’.
  • It’s wrong to think of Covid-19 as a wave. Rather it is like a wildfire that is seeking out fuel, and the fuel it requires is human hosts.
  • A new blood test for Alzheimer’s which could be developed to diagnose people decades before they show symptoms has been developed by an international ream of scientists.
  • More women are having IVF, and more are freezing their eggs. It will be good news for these women to hear that scientists believe the quality of frozen and fresh eggs is the same.

UK Go it Alone on Fusion; DIY Smear Test; CAP Damaging Wildlife; 900AD Florida Village

The international ITER Fusion Reactor in France is under construction (Credit: ITER)

The ITER fusion reactor in France is under construction and due to start working in 2050, but the UK is planning to have its own fusion reactor operational by 2040.

A DIY smear test is showing promise in scientific tests and could be available in the UK in five years.

The Common Agricultural Policy has been linked with a decline in wildlife across the EU, and scientists are demanding that it be changed.

An ancient village, dating back to 900 AD – predating the arrival of Columbus by several hundred years – has been found by archaeologists in Florida.

For more listen below to the #CoolScientist slot on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, on East Coast FM (broadcast 7-11-19)


325-million year old amphibian fossil found in Co Clare; First meat grown in space; Lyme disease linked to ‘yuppie flu’; Reusable water bottles carry bacteria risk

Listen below to the Cool Scientist slot broadcast on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan on East Coast FM on 10th October ’19

Impression of what 325-million year old amphibian fossil found in Doolin Co Clare would have looked like in life (Credit: Dr Eamon Doyle)

Life on Mars will be found in two years; Infant formula bad for environment; Reading Vesuvius’s scrolls; Pay cuts damage brain

Listen below to Cool Scientist slot broadcast on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan on East Coast FM on 3rd October ’19

Mount Sharp on Mars, as pictured by the NASA Mars Curiosity rover (Credit: NASA)

Cats recognise their names; memory decline reversed; A.I. predicts death; first picture of Black Hole

Cats can recognise their names, according to new research (Source: Getty Images)

Listen below to the #CoolScientist slot on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan on East Coast FM

Broadcast 11th April 2019

Cats might appear indifferent to humans, but they do recognise their name, new research states.

The first picture of a real Black Hole emerged this week, and it looks exactly like Albert Einstein predicted.

Scientists have reversed – temporarily – memory decline in older people using gentle electrical pulses.

A.I. can predict early death in individuals at risk; an ability which could lead to great advances in preventive medicine.

Disobedient children more successful; animal organs for humans; the woman who feels no pain; the science of bullshitting

Disobedient children earn more than their peers, according to new research (Source: Getty Images)

Listen below to the Cool Scientist slot from The Morning Show with Declan Meehan on East Coast FM (4-03-19)

As parents we get annoyed when our children disobey us. But, new research suggests that disobedient children grow up to earn more, and have a better chance of being in a top job, than their more obedient peers.

The lack of donors for organs that can save people’s lives continues to be an issue, as does the problem of organ rejection when donor organs are available.

However, scientists believe that a solution to the lack of suitable organs for donation might be found through the use of animal organs, genetically engineered so that  recipients do not recognise them as being ‘foreign’ and attack them.

Jo Cameron, 65, feels no pain, and little anxiety. Doctors believe that studies of Jo’s genetic make-up could provide new therapies for both pain and anxiety.

Who are the biggest bullshitters? A new scientific study found some answers.




Weekend lie in might be bad for health; small nuclear reactors for Ireland; wonderful women in science

Listen below to the Cool Scientist slot on East Coast FM, 8th March 2019

Catching up on sleep at the weekend increases the risk of serious ill health according to new research (Source:

A weekend lie increases the risk of serious physical and mental health problems if a person does not get enough sleep during the week, according to new research.

On international women’s day, we discuss the achievements of Irish women scientists Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and Annie Maunder, as well as Polish woman Marie Curie.

We discuss calls for the Moneypoint fossil-fuel burning power plant to close and to be replaced by a carbon-free small, modular nuclear reactor.

Men’s Brains Age Faster; Gut Influences Mental Health; Turning Plastic into Car Parts

The balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in our gut has a huge influence on our mental well-being, scientists are realising [Credit:

In this week’s #CoolScientist slot on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan we discussed how men’s brains – on average have been found to be almost four years older than women’s; the growing evidence that bacteria in our gut play a huge role in our mental health; how researchers at Limerick Institute of Technology are converting single use plastic bottles into parts for car and tractors.

Irish scientists find arthritis ‘off’ switch; Chinese space station falling to Earth; New organ found; Holding on to memories in Alzheimer’s using implants

Chinese Space Station

The 9.4 tonne Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is set to fall to Earth over the easter weekend, but scientists are not sure exactly where (Photo: NBC News)

Listen to weekly round up of science news broadcast on East Coast FM: 29th March 2018