RTE One 8.30PM, Monday, November 03, 2014

Pre-eclampsia is the leading cause of maternal death in Europe and is responsible for more than half a million infant deaths worldwide. Kathriona meets the Cork researchers who have developed the world’s first predictive test for the condition and talks to the expectant mothers who are critical to the ongoing research. Meanwhile, Jonathan gets to grips with a new robotic milking system for dairy farms, and Aoibhinn investigates what happens to our old TV screens…

Part 1 : Pre-Eclampsia

Up to 80,000 women die each year as a direct cause of preeclampsia – a life-threatening condition that occurs during pregnancy. Kathriona meets Prof Louise Kenny from Metabolomics Ltd who is developing breakthrough technologies that could provide predictive diagnosis of Preeclampsia in early pregnancy and revolutionise prenatal care globally. 

Part 2 : Innovative Recycling Technologies

Advances in AV technology are moving at such a pace that consumers are replacing their TVs every few years. But with new televisions containing significant amounts of lead, mercury, liquid crystal and other hazardous materials – how can we dispose of them and what’s the impact on our environment? Aoibhinn meets the Irish researcher behind the world’s first fully automated machine to recycle LCD Flat screens and remove the potentially hazardous materials they contain.


Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of almost €79billion, Horizon 2020 is the EU’s new programme for research and innovation. Aoibhinn meets the former EU commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, to find out about the exciting opportunities that Horizon 2020 offers Irish researchers.

Part 3 : Weird Science - Made of the Stars

They might be hundreds of millions of miles away, but in many ways the stars are actually much closer than you might think…

Part 4 : Robotic Milking

Are the days of Dairy Farmers being tied to the farm set to become a thing of the past with the help of robots? With milk quotas due to be lifted in 2015, farmers will need all the help they can get and Teagasc are examining the viability of robotic milking systems for Irish farms…