Cardboard bicycle ‘could change world’

Israeli inventor Izhar A bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world’s most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa, its Israeli inventor says. Izhar Gafni (50), is an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is an amateur cycling enthusiast who for years toyed with […]

Every Child Needs a Teacher

Without teachers, a school is just a building. Without trained teachers, schooling is not education. Without trained teachers for all, education for all will never be a reality. Since 2000, the world has made good progress in getting tens of millions of children into school – but in 2008, that progress stopped. Today, 132 million […]

Educational Apps for your phone!

Scoilnet have uploaded a great collection of free educational apps suitable for iPhone, iPad and Android phones. They are categorised by subject. You can browse the apps here.  

All about Kendama

Lots of children who visit my room ask questions about the ‘Kendama’ toy I have,  so I thought I would share a little bit about it with everyone! A kendama (けん玉) is a Japanese toy, you have to get red ball into one of the three cups or onto the spike.   Its a bit like the old game […]

Amazing Lego Sculptures

Sean Kenney is a full-time LEGO artist. He uses LEGO toys to build anything and everything you can imagine!  He has made Polar bears and football stadiums out of Lego! Fun facts • Sean has over 1.5 million LEGO pieces. • The biggest LEGO sculpture Sean ever made was a polar bear, using 95,000 pieces! […]

The mystery of the Antarctic octopus

CLAIRE O’CONNELL SMALL PRINT: WHAT’S in an octopus? Not just brains to burn, but also significant new clues that could justify concerns about climate change. Recent research in the Southern Ocean, involving scientific input from NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute (NUIG), has found that populations of the Turquet’s octopus (pictured) living on either side of the […]

Discover your genetic ancestors

A detail from Desmond Kinney’s 1974 Táin Wall off Nassau Street in Dublin depicting Cúchulainn and Ferdia in single combat. New DNA technology means Irish people can trace their ancestry and while they obviously cannot trace a lineage to legendary heroes, the process can identify links to ancient royal Irish families.   WHOSE BLOOD courses […]

How long is a bee’s tongue, and why do ants protect plants?

It’s all in the tongue: not all bees can reach nectar from the front. Illustration: Michael Viney ANOTHER LIFE THE TALLEST PLANTS in the tunnel just now are the thicket of broad beans (var Aquadulce) sown last autumn. Fired up by pelleted chicken manure and an early blast of sun, their whorls of bold black, white […]

We Are Because we Share!

There are more than 14,000 species of ants and they count for up to 15% of the weight of all terrestrial animal biomass. The ecological success of ants is only possible because they are able to adapt to and exploit their environment. Researchers at the Université Libre de Bruxelles are unlocking the secret lives of […]

Unravelling mummies’ secrets

Modern scanning and imaging techniques are allowing scientists to peek behind the mummy’s shroud and learn what life was like for the rich and privileged of ancient Egypt, writes ANTHONY KING   THE LADY TENTDINEBU reclines in a corner room of the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. Her brilliantly coloured encasement tells us she once […]

Picking up half a million penguins – from space

COUNTING PENGUINS can be a tricky business, but a study out this week shows how it can be done from space. The paper, published online at, describes the difficulties in estimating the number of emperor penguins in Antarctica. The last global population estimate of 135,000 to 175,000 breeding pairs was compiled nearly 20 years ago […]

Breeding a better bee

Bees are under threat from a species of mite, but beekeepers in Tipperary are breeding bees that can resist the parasite, in an effort to save the prolific pollinators from extinction, writes EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY BREEDING COLONIES of disease-resistant superbees to safeguard the pollination of vital food crops sounds like the stuff of science fiction. However, it’s […]

Suits you sir!

Chinese beekeeper She Ping breaks the world record for being covered in bees in Chongqing Municipality. The 32 year old covered his body with about 330,000 bees weighing some 33.1kgs!      

Computer Game Age Ratings

Computer games are fantastic fun, they can foster creativity and interaction and can play an important role in social and intellectual development.  Games can help create an interest in ICT (Information Communication Technology) and help build skills. Age ratings provide guidance to help parents and guardians decide whether or not to buy a particular product. […]