HPV vaccine, bitcoin and fake news are all grist to Young Scientists’ mill

HPV vaccine, bitcoin and fake news are all grist to Young Scientists’ mill
Nicole Allen O’Keeffe, Sarah Dwyer and Colleen Booth from Castlecomer Community School, Kilkenny examined why so few young people use gumshields when playing Gaelic football Pic: Barry Cronin

Last week, over 4,000 students, 60 per cent of them female, fought for the top prize in the annual competition at the RDS

From the HPV vaccine to bitcoin and the scourge of fake news, the 2018 BT Young Scientists and Technology exhibition (BTYSTE) was dominated by young people using science to better understand headline-making stories.

This year’s event saw 4,251 students, 60 per cent female, bring 550 projects to the RDS to do battle for the top prize.

Fake news was a hot topic among the students at the event with Alex Goodison’s entry on analysing the veracity of news...

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