The laboratory lover
In this issue of Science Spin; what’s it like to work on quality control in a pharmaceutical company? The moment that Aine Moyna caught the whiff of sulphur and saw the strange looking instruments she knew that she wanted to work in labs. Moyna talked to Seán Duke about her experience in working in labs.
What do scientists do when they want to find out something new? As one of CERNs leading scientists, Eilam Gross, explains, they smash up matter to see what’s inside. In this case, the scientists discovered the Higgs particle, but that is far from the end of the story. The particle, which only lasts for a tiny fraction of a second, shows that the entire Universe is in an invisible field, and this may explain why we and everything around us put on weight.
Ask a scientist
Here’s your chance to ask some awkward questions. Our panel of expert scientists is ready to respond with answers. In this issue Sive Finlay and Jon Jearsley answer the question “are humans still evolving?”, Margaret Franklin answers the question”How many colours can we see?”, Terry Mosley answers the question “why does the Moon always face the Earth?” and Con O’Rourke answer the question “are organic foods more nutritious?’
The opening of a new bioenergy plant in County Roscommon is great news for forestry growers in the region. The milk processing plant at Ballaghaderreen is to consume 30,000 tonnes of wood chip a year and supplying this fuel is likely to give farm-foresters an income boost as well as sparking off further demand as other energy projects come on stream.
The future of computers
More and more processing power is being packed into less and less space, but there is a limit to how far this can go. What then? As Chris Coughlan reports, we are about to enter the strange and spooky quantum world, and the computers of the future will bear little resemblance to the ones we are familiar with now.