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: https://frackfreedenton.com

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.

Potato Genome Mapped; Marie Curie’s Legacy

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903 (Source: Wikipedia)

LISTEN:  Potato Genome Mapped; Marie Curie’s Legacy

After many years of work, an international team, including scientists at Teagasc have mapped the potato genome. This will help combat blight, and help speed up traditional potato breeding practices.

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903, and went on to win a second one in 1911. We talk about her legacy with her scientist grand-daughter.

Guests: Dan Milbourne, Teagasc; Helene Langevin-Joliot , Professor of Nuclear Physics, University of Paris

Broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 14/07/2011

To contact the show email:  sciencespinning@dublincityfm.ie