A University of Limerick research project which aims to develop new ways to join components has been awarded €1.35 million funding through the Science Foundation Ireland Investigators Programme. Principal Investigator, Dr Conor McCarthy explains the significance of this project: “Nuts and bolts have been used for centuries to join safety-critical structures together. However, bolts require holes to be drilled in the assembled parts and this leads to a drastic reduction in their ability to withstand the forces of nature and impacts from everyday use.”
An Orbital Sciences rocket blasted off from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in the USA last Sunday 13th July, bringing with it an experiment designed by Limerick students. The students from St Nessan’s Community College, Limerick were winners of a competition ‘The Only Way is Up’ run by the Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp) which offered them a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring their experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). The experiment will investigate the effects of microgravity on reinforced concrete while spending 30 days orbiting the earth.Research UL, 15.07.2014 | Posted in Science & Engineering
Four University of Limerick researchers have been awarded in excess of €1.85 million in funding by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as part of today’s €23 million funding announcement by Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock. The UL research awards included Career Development Awards to Dr Pat Kiely, Dr Sarah Hudson and Dr Christophe Silien and a Starting Investigator Research Grant to Dr Stephen Dooley.
UL hosts top electronics researchers to take on the challenge of greener communications.Research UL, 11.07.2014 | Posted in Education & Health Sciences
Researchers from the University of Limerick, University of Oxford and the Harvard School of Public Health have developed a mathematical model to examine online social networks, in particular the trade-off between copying our friends and relying on ‘best-seller’ lists.Research UL, 08.07.2014 | Posted in Mathematics
Unhealthy food and drinks are common in children’s TV programmes broadcast in Ireland and England, and frequently portrayed in a positive light, according from new research from the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. Statutory legislation to curb children’s exposure to high sugar and fat food/drink in TV adverts was introduced in the UK in 2007, and similar regulations have recently come on stream in Ireland, however, these regulations are not being applied to programme content.Research UL, 04.07.2014 | Posted in Health & Medical