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.




Can we live disease-free up to 120? Scientists say, yes we can!


Scientists believe we can live healthy lives, beyond 100 years (Credit: University of Groningen)

We are living longer with an increase in human lifespan of 2.5 years per decade. Scientists are now focused on achieving healthspans, where we live disease free, which can match our longer lives.

This piece for Drivetime on RTE Radio 1, broadcast on 21st June, features interviews with three leading scientists working on different ways to solve the ageing ‘problem’; Luke O’Neill, TCD, Fergal O’Brien, RCSI, and Emma Teeling UCD.

Episode 5: Is our future immortal? Science begins its ‘Fantastic Voyage’

Episode 5: Are dire A.I. predictions justified? How can science survive ‘fake news’? Searching for the source of the Sun’s power

Money can buy happiness; stem cell patch to heal hearts; why exhibit animals in zoos?; prosthetic hands now feel real

The Zoo

Is keeping animals in Zoos morally justifiable? [source: Paignton Zoo]

Broadcast on The Morning Show at East Coast FM – 15th March 2018

Featured stories:

Money CAN buy you happiness, scientists say http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5493825/Science-says-buy-happiness-does-cost.htm

Stem cell patch to heal hearts damaged by cardiac arrest https://futurism.com/stem-cell-patch-heal-hearts-damaged-cardiac-arrest/

Why do we continue to exhibit animals in zoos https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/why-do-we-continue-to-exhibit-animals-in-zoos-1.3376662

Prosthetic hands feel more real thanks to ‘good vibrations’ http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/prosthetic-hands-feel-more-real-thanks-some-good-vibrations



brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s; attractive people more right wing; friends on the same wavelength

Attractive People

Attractive people tend to be more right wing in their political views researchers have found

Listen below to piece broadcast on East Coast FM on 1st Feb 2018