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Love is in the air for event's young scientists

Forget revolutionary robots and technical toys -- love is in the air at this year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

Lust, the laws of physical attraction and the key to chemistry between the opposite sexes are some of the hottest topics researched by schools across the capital.

Students from Pobail Scoil Naomh Coilm Cille in Knocklyon are convinced they have discovered the secret to falling head-over-heels in love, following their project Love at First Sight; Fact or Fiction?


The romantic youngsters have narrowed down the science to just 34 minutes by following three simple steps: find a stranger; reveal intimate details of both your lives for 30 minutes; and finally stare deeply into each other's eyes without talking for a further four minutes to seal the deal.

The group has a wise waiver clearly on display that reads: "Please note, we do not wish to be held responsible for any misfortunes which may arise" from their advice.

Meanwhile, three students from Gaelcholaiste Reachrann in Donaghmede told the Herald they were hoping to stand out with their presentation on attitudes of teenagers towards sex.

"It's basically about what teenagers think about sex and how much they actually know about sex," said Rebecca Ni Dhalaigh (15) from Artane.

"We surveyed 150 students from a few schools, including one in England.

"It's a big topic among teenagers. We are confronted by sex everywhere.

"It is a touchy subject for some parents to address with their children, but most thought it was a great idea to find out what people our age actually know about sex."

Rebecca's classmate Aoife Ni Riain (16), from Donaghmede, is part of a group presenting research about why blue-eyed people are considered more attractive.

"We found out that 52pc of people prefer blue eyes, but those same people all had blue eyes, so it could be that people are attracted to those with the same eye-colour as themselves."


Secondary schools from Dublin were the first to display their projects at the RDS yesterday, and the 46th annual competition runs until Saturday.

Among the other studies found on the 514 stands includes one by the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles to determine which salt is the most effective in reducing icy roads and their impact on the environment.