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Web 2.0 assisting in dual communication pathways

When you go shopping for a new PC, you always become more interested in the latest devices as they have been recently developed and have a higher spec. However at the back of your mind you know that in another six months time there will be a better version of this PC on the market with even higher specs than those that exist today. Similar to how PCs...

Science communication masters update

It’s been a while since I’ve written here, and I think it’s a wonderful thing not having time as it makes you appreciate what you love doing in your spare time. I’ve been so busy with my course mainly because I’ve been so busy with everything it has to offer me. It’s been seven enthralling months since I had first started in late September. I have gained...

Infertility in Ireland: a growing condition or a growing awareness?

Fiona McPhillips and her husband didn’t think that there would be any problem when trying to conceive for a second time after their first son was born in 2003. However a year went by and Fiona realised that there was a problem. Fiona and her husband, like an increasing number of couples in Ireland, had a fertility problem. “We faced three rounds of...

Learning how to ask good questions instead of getting good answers

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” - Chinese proverb I have always been a very inquisitive person. So inquisitive, in fact, my parents regularly complain about how I used to wreck their head by asking too many questions. Growing up I began to thinking that my inquisitive nature...

SciComm MSc: Week 1

Finally, the time had come – I had started my masters in Science Communication in DCU. This meant a lot of changes for me: a change in location, a change in university, and most importantly a change in my mental frame of mind. From the moment my course started last Monday, I felt, for the first time, a 100% satisfied and fully happy of what I was studying....

GM Foods: The Misunderstood Hero

I’ve been meaning to write about this when the news was hot on the headlines, but finally, a week laer, I’m doing it. You may have guessed it, I am going to write my opinions on the milk and meat from cloned cattle. Out of all the hot topics in science that have arose in the past, none of them have not been as controversial as GM foods. On top of that,...

The Transition: Undergraduate to Graduate, Graduate to Scientific Writer

This is my first blog entry on the Nature Network. To be honest, I am slightly nervous about my first entry. I’ve spent several days contemplating what I would write about, and I ended up accumulating a lot of ideas in my head. However, I feel that it would be more appropriate to introduce myself instead. Even though I’m new to the Nature Network, I...

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