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Autodidacticism, hobbies and your professional future

Sep 05, 2020 No Comments by 338 views

My students often ask me how I learnt to make nice images and graphs for papers, cool diagrams, videos or programs. “What software do you use?” — is the typical question. So here goes some facts about my personal experiences to show the benefits of autodidacticism and hobbies… and how these can influence your future. […]

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Five important things to learn from the miniseries “Chernobyl”

Jun 05, 2019 No Comments by 2535 views

If you have not watched the miniseries Chernobyl (HBO), what are you waiting for? It explains what happened when the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant became the worst man-made catastrophe in 1986, the causes of the accident, and the efforts of thousands of people to mitigate the problem. Chernobyl series is not focused on the dangers of […]

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Working in Mineral Exploration: a guide

Mar 20, 2018 No Comments by 2747 views

In the final throws of an undergraduate degree there are commonly two concerns: firstly, the cramming of knowledge to ensure the exam results guarantee the best overall grade and secondly lining up what to do afterwards. Across the applied sciences three options are commonly available: private industry, continued academia or governmental organisations, each with their […]

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Core logging course – Navan, Tara Mine Corestore

Feb 09, 2018 No Comments by 2125 views

Recently I have had the chance to attend a core logging course organised by IAEG (Irish Association for Economic Geology) and hosted by Boliden, Tara Mines. The course was dense and helpful and most importantly, included actual core logging. Below you can take a glimpse of how the corestore looks like from the inside. The […]

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Fishing for Hg and harvesting Pb – Consequences of human activity

Aug 24, 2017 No Comments by 3092 views

It is my first time attending the Goldschmidt conference and I am impressed by the variety of topics that can be accommodated under the umbrella of Geochemistry. From the Origin of Solar System and Mantle Geochemistry to Paleoclimate and Ocean Chemistry. But what drew my attention were sessions related to Medical Geochemistry and particularly topics […]

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Conscripting plants and the microbial community for mineral exploration

Aug 18, 2017 No Comments by 2792 views

Geologists have a great deal of geochemical tools for exploration of new mineral deposits. But, as most of the unexploited treasure is hiding at great depth, geologists have to invent and employ increasingly unusual tools to uncover new mineral resources. After seismic and electromagnetics, the potential of geomicrobiology is being investigated. Last Tuesday, Rachel Simister […]

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Any questions for the speaker?

Aug 17, 2017 No Comments 3370 views

Over the past few days, we have all heard our fair share of audience questions. As most of you may know, the main purpose of these questions is to enhance the audience’s understanding of the presented information. In many cases, this simply results in the need for the further explanation of a certain graph or […]

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The Curie Legacy

Aug 16, 2017 No Comments 2628 views

The plenary talk given today by Hélène Langevin-Joliot was one of the most highly anticipated talks of the week, made clear by the packed amphitheatre. Hélène, a nuclear physicist herself, is the granddaughter of Pierre and Marie Curie. The accomplished family boasts an impressive 5 Nobel Prizes between them, with Marie becoming the first person […]

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Love Triangles and Spies – Geochemistry in 3 minutes

Aug 15, 2017 No Comments 2546 views

Goldschmidt 2017 sees the introduction of the pop-up talks; an exciting new initiative organised by three early-career scientists (Steffi Lutz, Kimberley Bitterwolf, and Alex Holland). Eleven students gave a series of 3-minute TED-style talks covering topics ranging from the origins of life to mine waste particles. Their mission was to convey a well-formulated idea in […]

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How the Roman Empire can be linked to geochemistry

Aug 15, 2017 No Comments 2927 views

Throughout our geological education, we are taught to think in terms of deep time. To forget about weeks and months and focus on the millions and billions. However, when the time span of human history is taken into consideration, the geological time scale never seems to fit, discounting the Anthropocene of course. As a result, […]

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