Why do bubbles in Guinness go down?

With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, it is the best time to recall some interesting physics associated with Ireland’s favourite drink, Guinness. Anyone who has ever tried Guinness knows that bubbles in it sink. In fact, in one’s everyday life, one rarely comes across a more counter-intuitive phenomenon, challenging equally the imagination of a university […]

The rise and (potential) fall of Leicester City

Depending on one’s political outlook, 2016 may be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Yet before all the doom and gloom of Brexit, Trump etc. etc., came the remarkable sight of Andrea Bocelli, clad in Leicester City attire, treating the supporters at the King Power stadium to a pre-match concert in celebration of their miraculous […]

A new approach to understanding human behaviour

My name is Susan Fennell and I am a first year PhD student. My area of research is social psychology, the study of how a person’s feelings and behaviour are affected by society. Up until recently, it was thought that a person’s behaviour is affected by the norms present in society but that they do […]

How do they do it in other countries? Industrial and academic collaborations that is!

Simon Kaar For the individual, the pros of working in an academic setting are that you get to ask your own questions, questions that are interesting to you personally. No one is telling you what to do, how to do it, or for that matter keeping track of your time in any way. As long […]

Mathematics-in-Industry NZ Study Groups How we do it in New Zealand

Mark McGuinness, Adjunct Professor, University of Limerick, Professor of Applied Math, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ   Mathematics in Industry Study Groups have been very successful in Australia and New Zealand every year since 1984, when the Ockendons from Oxford toured our countries and got them started. They have now given birth to the MINZ Study Groups […]

Applied mathematics in stent development

Dr Tuoi Vo Coronary artery disease is a global problem and devising effective treatments is the subject of intense research activity throughout the world. Over the past decade, stents have emerged as one of the most popular treatments. Acting as a supporting scaffold, these small mesh devices are now routinely inserted into arteries where the […]

Experience of a visiting PhD student

My name is Tomokatsu Onaga. I am a visiting research student at the MACSI group of the University of Limerick. I am PhD student in Japan and staying here for one year. Visiting research student, which is a PhD student staying at an overseas laboratory for several months or a year, may be an unfamiliar […]

Should we be afraid of flying?

by Daria Semochkina Do you know how many people are afraid of flying? I’m not one of them, I actually quite enjoy flying. I like both the process of flying and the associated anticipation of a new adventure. But for 30-35% of people just a thought of getting on a plane is the reason for a […]

Energy 2027

by Gary O’Keeffe Technological improvements, political pressure, and global GDP growth are changing the world’s energy consumption. In this blog post, I discuss the energy landscape over the next decade in light of recent breakthroughs in hydraulic fracturing, China moving away from coal, and the renewable energy boom. I am basing my post on the […]

3 minute thesis talk

MACSI PhD student Jean Rizk talks about his PhD research in the area of queuing in less than 3 minutes! This scientific version of the elevator pitch is intended to celebrate doctoral research, hone participants’ communication skills, and disseminate research to the public Jean is a PhD student working with Professor Cathal Walsh Chair of […]