Welcome to Ireland, Dublin and University College Dublin

Welcome to Ireland For millennia, Ireland has been a welcome seat of learning in Europe. Attracting the brightest minds. Today, it boasts one of the best education systems in the World. Creating perfect conditions for the thousand of overseas companies that have made Ireland their home in Europe. A modern, fast-paced, friendly country with a…

STUDENT INSIGHTS

I think this class has been different because, like, most classes we do, it’s just they come up with the assignments, and you know, every class does them every year, same classes. This one, it seems like it’s more fresh, like it’s more hands-on, feel like you’re more needed in the classroom, I guess. The…

The Trouble with the Electoral College

In a fair democracy everyone’s vote should count equally, but the method that the United States uses to elect its president, called the electoral college, violates this principle by making sure that some people’s votes are more equal than others. The Electoral College is, essentially, the 538 votes that determine who wins the presidency. If…

How the Electoral College Works

Ah, Election Day, when Americans everywhere cast their ballot for the next President of the United States. Except, not really – Americans don’t directly vote for president. So, what’s happening on election day then? It’s a bit complicated because of something called the Electoral College. To keep things simple for now, think of the Electoral…

How Do We Learn? Insights From The Brain

Learning happens when reality doesn’t match our expectations. If, after we make a decision, something good and unexpected happens, our expectations will change in order to favour that same decision in the future. It has been thought that, in the brain, only one signal is responsible for learning. This signal is called a prediction error….

Higgs Boson: How do you search for it?

Probably the hottest topic on the energy frontier of particle physics is the search for the Higgs boson. For those of you who haven’t heard about it, the Higgs boson is a proposed particle that might be the thing that gives subatomic particles their mass. A very common question I encounter when I speak to…