From the microbes in our soil and cells of the human body to exploring the furthest reaches of outer space and the secrets of our deepest oceans… we continue to celebrate Irish science. #ScienceWeek

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Kathriona Devereux and Jonathan McCrea return to RTÉ One for the fourth series of 10 Things to Know About, a show that aims to investigate the latest developments in Irish scientific research.

This year, our trio of hosts will explore historical shipwrecks; investigate new cancer treatments; learn about Ireland’s first satellite in space; marvel at the world-first wastewater-to-energy technology and check out some satellite driven tractors!

Elsewhere, Dr Fergus McAuliffe returns with his weekly 'Weird Science' segment showcasing some of the more bizarre aspects of current research – from lost nuclear submarines on the seabed to the unusual phenomenon of geophagy – the desire to eat soil!

The Seabed
Get ready to dive into tonight's episode, lap up some fun facts and be awash with the most current scientific information! You'll be as happy as a clam.

Ok, enough puns.

In The Seabed, we discover some of the mysteries of the deep. Over 70% of our planet is covered by ocean, yet it remains one of our greatest mysteries with less than 15% of the world’s oceanic environment having been mapped in high resolution.

Aoibhinn meets Maria Judge of Geological Survey Ireland to find out about ‘The Real Map of Ireland’ that reveals details of the incredible mountains and canyons that are hidden beneath the waves.

Did you know that our island nation is surrounded by shipwrecks? Kathriona meets GSI’s Charise McKeon, who is using sonar imaging technologies to map shipwrecks and help maintain, preserve and protect Ireland’s maritime heritage.

In part two, Jonathan meets seismology expert Prof Chris Bean to investigate one of nature’s most terrifying phenomenon – tsunamis – and meets the researchers who are embarking on one of the most ambitious deep-ocean research projects ever undertaken in Europe that will further our understanding of these terrible monsters of the deep.

Meanwhile in Weird Science, Fergus recounts a fascinating tale of lost soviet nuclear submarines and an ingenious US seabed mining cover-up that’s more outlandish than any fake news story from today!

Episode 1 The Seabed 8:30PM RTÉ One, Monday 12 November

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