By Marie Coady A 2017 TEDxGalway talk by Dr Michel Dugon of the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway was featured on the TED.com homepage on 5 October, a platform which has a global audience of 30 million people. The talk entitled ‘Spider Dust and Scorpion Juice: Are Bugs the Future of Therapeutic Drugs?’ highlights the potential curative properties of the chemical compounds … [Read more...] about Venom-enal: NUI Galway lecturer’s talk gets TED seal of approval
By Marie Coady If your tight - fisted neighbours refuse to give you sweets despite how hard you worked on your Halloween costume, don’t sulk. There are spooky things afoot all over Galway - and great craic to be had too. Here are some of the highlights on the cultural boOoOks. Galway Aboo Halloween Festival Ireland’s largest Halloween festival runs from 26 to 29 … [Read more...] about What’s on in Galway: Halloween edition
By Marie Coady What’s in a name? That’s what the modern Irish woman has to ask herself when getting married. It’s still an unspoken assumption that a woman in a heterosexual relationship will adopt the man’s surname. Nobody but the most cantankerous old crone cares if a woman bucks the trend and keeps her previous moniker, but she’ll probably have plenty of well - … [Read more...] about Opinion: Is taking on a man’s surname after marriage a relic of the past?
By Marie Coady Why do people pay good money to watch UFC matches when our preeminent female rappers are providing better entertainment for free? Months of tension between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B culminated in Cardi throwing a shoe at Nicki at a New York Fashion Week party on September 8. This is surely the most iconic podiatric attack since that Iraqi journalist lobbed his … [Read more...] about Cardi B and Nicki Minaj clash at New York Fashion Week
By Marie Coady The government’s tax on sugar-sweetened drinks is bringing in a lot of the sweet stuff. According to the Irish Independent, the tax made €4.7 million for the Exchequer in the months of May and June after its introduction earlier this year, over €2 million a month. It is of course impossible at such an early stage to say if the tax has been successful or … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why the half-hearted “sugar tax” leaves a bitter taste