Trojan Horses

In the eighth and final episode of Science is Everywhere, Dr Lara Dungan asks; are the days of bees numbered? Is colony collapse a reality? And what does it mean for us humans? Lara visits Ireland’s largest commercial beekeeper Micheal Moynihan and gets up close with the extraction of honey. Dr. Anke Dietzsch speaks to Lara about the decline of bees and if pesticides are the reason behind it. Lara also chats with leading scientist Prof. Luke O’Neill about the impact it has put on us and finds out if the rise in hayfever and asthma is related to the decline of the bee.

In the seventh episode of Science is Everywhere, Dr Lara Dungan investigates the advancements technology offers to enable those with disabilities. Can the blind see, the deaf hear and the paralyzed walk? Mark Pollock meets with Lara and shows her how he has regained the ability to walk by using Esko Bionics. Lara visits Ellie, a four year old with a cochlear implant, and speaks to her mother, Danielle Ryan, about the impact the implant has had on Ellie’s life. Prof Fiona Newell explains how the brain is plastic and how we can retrain it to compensate for lost senses, and Lara visits Dr Danny Kelly in his laboratory in Trinity College where he says a childhood spent playing with Lego is the root of his ground breaking work in stem cell research and growing bones and organs.

In this episode of Science is Everywhere Lara seeks to find out if an athlete is born or bred. Prof. Brendan Egan explains to Lara how it is a mixture of both, that you can’t just be born an athlete you have to train everyday for it. Lara also meets with Wimbledon Tennis Player Conor Niland and olympic athletes Natalya Coyle and Maria McCambridge to get their insight on whether it takes hard work or good genes to get to their level of sport. We visit ex-olympian Prof. Colin Boreham in UCD where he describes the elements that make up an elite sportsperson.
Science is Everywhere is an Athena Media production for Newstalk 106-108fm made with the support of the BAI. The producer is Helen Shaw, the audio editor is Amy Millar.
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In the fifth episode of Science is Everywhere Dr. Lara Dungan examines public transport and how science is aiding in it’s advancement. Lara meets with engineer Finola O’Driscoll from the National Transport Authority who explains how accurate Real Time is and how it operates. The Luas brings around 80,000 people a day to their destination, and Lara visits the Luas control centre where she speaks with operations manager, Paul Scully. In this episode Lara also test drives an electric car to see how electricity can transport you to your destination.

Episode four of Science is Everywhere, broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on the 22nd March 2014.
In this episode of Science is Everywhere, we investigate the science behind the weather. Lara meets with Gerald Fleming, head of forecasting in MET Eireann, and he explains to her how experience, mathematical equations and technology helps them form the weather forecast we receive. Prof John Sweeney explains to Lara the difference between climate and weather and Dr Jimmy Murphy shows Lara the impact of climate change on coastal structures.
Science is Everywhere is an Athena Media production for Newstalk 106-108fm made with the support of the BAI. The producer is Helen Shaw, the audio editor is Amy Millar.
Science is Everywhere is copyright Athena Media Ltd. No reproduction or use without consent.

The third episode of Science is Everywhere, broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on 22nd March 2014.
In this episode, Dr Lara Dungan finds out how we source and clean our water and why the next global wars may be over access to clean water. Lara speaks to hydrologist Professor Michael Bruen and explores the journey of the Liffey water from the city, where visual artist Fergal McCarthy swims regularly in it, to Leixlip water treament plant, where John Keane describes the chemical process required to make that raw water fit to drink.
Science is Everywhere is an Athena Media production for Newstalk 106-108fm made with the support of the BAI. The producer is Helen Shaw, the audio editor is Amy Millar.
Science is Everywhere is copyright Athena Media Ltd. No reproduction or use without consent.

The second episode of Science is Everywhere, broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on 15th March 2014. In this episode, Dr Lara Dungan asks how do we fall in and out of love? She meets with Biologist Emma Teeling, where she explains why we fall in love and how attraction is key to this./ Lara tries to find out if there is such a thing as love at first sight and speaks to Dr. Niamh Shaw to find out the science behind it. UCD social historian Professor Mary E Daly explains the history behind the theory of marrying the girl or boy next door.

The first episode of Science is Everywhere, broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on March 15th 2014. In this episode, Dr Lara Dungan asks if there is such a thing as a good or a bad sound, why some songs get stuck in our head and what is it about music’s ability to bring back vivid memories and can this be used to help people suffering from dementia.

A new scheme has been launched to assist people who, as children, experienced abuse in residential institutions in Ireland and who received awards through the Residential Institutions Redress Board or Irish courts. It is being managed by a statutory body established under the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act, 2012, called Caranua, and is supported by a fund of €110 million committed by Irish religious congregations.

The overall aim of the scheme is to assist survivors and to improve the living conditions and well being of eligible survivors. Information on the scheme is available on www.caranua.ie and from the Caranua office at 1800 212477 (from Ireland) and 0808 2341303 (from the United Kingdom). Information leaflets and application forms are available in health services, community services, libraries, Irish welfare services and Irish embassies.

For press queries contact: Helen and Kate at Athena Media on 00 353 1 4883350 Mon-Fri office hours.

Visit www.caranua.ie and email info@caranua.ie for further details/ application forms and background to the scheme.