Ireland has over 1400 km of coast line and 220 million acres of seabed some of it as deep as 5km. Our seas have weathered our coastlines and shaped our climate. In the distant past the freezing of these oceans created the icecaps that sculpted our land. And when the ice melted, raising seas turned our fragment of north Atlantic rock into an island. Our oceans brought the first settlers to Ireland but later carried millions away.
Despite living on this small island out on the Atlantic we don’t really think of ourselves as an oceanic country and most of us have little connection with the sea. But today Ireland is leading the way in the study of the sea and our scientists are starting to understand how our oceans work in ever more complex and exciting ways.Every day ocean scientists head into the lab and field to push our understanding of the seas slowly forward.
Join Lenny Antonelli in this 2 part programme as he follows our marine scientists onto beaches and boats and into the lab to learn about the science of Ireland’s oceans.
Tune in to Near FM 90.3 at 4.30pm on Tue 21st and 28th of January.
Listen online at nearfm.ie
The series is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound & Vision scheme, funded by the Television licence fee.
Posted on behalf of Conor Farrell
We had some great sights in the sky in 2012, but 2013 is expected to be better: we’re going to have northern lights, planets, meteor showers, and maybe even two of the most spectacular comets you will ever see in your life!
We might have been quiet for the last little while, but the other Science Communicators of Ireland have been taking up the slack. In celebration of Christmas and all things sciencey, we propose a meet up on Thursday 20th of December to catch up on what everyone has been up to.
We’ve reserved some space in the Long Stone on Townshend St. from 6.30pm and we’d love to see you there! They do serve pub grub, so if you’re popping in straight from work there’s the possibility of getting food.
We’re also preparing a Scibernian Christmas present for your ears, so even if you can’t make the meet-up, you’ll still get to hear us talking science!
Hi everyone, hope you’re all enjoying the Irish summer (above). This is just a quick update to let you know that we’re slowing things down a bit at Scibernia over the next month or two. We’ll still be updating the blog from time to time and posting short audio clips — particularly from the Euroscience Open Forum in Dublin — but we won’t be publishing any full-length podcasts while we take a little breather. We’ve been producing the podcast since the spring of last year, and we just want to take some time now to reflect and figure out what’s next for Scibernia. You can keep up to date with us here, or on Twitter or Facebook, or email us at email@example.com. Enjoy the summer — easier said than done though of course!
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In this episode of Scibernia, we get up close and personal with creatures great but small – the squirrel, the bat and the pine marten. Plus, our Culture Corner returns with a review of ‘A Universe From Nothing’.
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In this episode:
- ‘Bat detective’ Geoff Hamilton gives us an audio tour of the ultrasonic world of bats and explains how to track down these nocturnal creatures yourself using a bat detector.
- Meanwhile, Lenny Antonelli sets off to the woodlands of Offaly, in the company of NUI Galway researcher Emma Sheehy, to explore whether Ireland’s beleaguered red squirrel populations could be recovering in some areas thanks to an unlikely ally — the pine marten.
- And in our Culture Corner, guest reviewer Peadar Grogan is in studio to talk about the origins of space and time – the topic of physicist Lawrence Krauss’s book ‘A Universe From Nothing‘.
(Image credit: Ray eye via Wikimedia Commons)