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Bimbos, bullies and killer heels ... it's a science

The results of the 'bimbo test' that hopes to banish the myth that blondes are less intelligent will be unveiled at the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

It's that time of year again when the brightest students from all over the country prepare to descend on the RDS for the annual event.

This year it will be hosted by TG4's Roisin Ni Thomain and broadcaster Aidan Power, and will be open to the public from this Thursday to Saturday.

A total of 550 projects from more than 1,200 students will compete for the coveted title of BT Young Scientist and Technologist of the Year 2013, with the winner being announced at an awards ceremony on Friday.



Diverse

The popular event attracts a host of well known faces every year, with Brian O'Driscoll, Ryan Tubridy and NASA astronaut Dan Tani all turning up last year.

As with every other year, the range of topics that have qualified for the competition is hugely diverse.

The 'bimbo test' project has been entered under the social and behaviour sciences category by students from Tipperary. They set out to investigate the myth that blondes are less intelligent than other hair colours.

Meanwhile, Mean Girls is a project entered by students from Louth. It looks at the types of bullying and the people involved, examining gender, social and academic factors.

A topic close to many women's hearts -- high heels -- especially those worn by teenage girls, is another project which has been entered.

The students behind it from Roscommon will be investigating the damage, including to the back region, caused by wearing heels.

Mari Cahalane, head of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, said: "The exhibition is a great family day out packed full of fun, creative inventions, interactive education and live shows including The World or Robots which brings together the best 100kilo combat robots that are better armed than a Special Forces unit.

"Dr Who's Dalek, Star Wars' R2D2, Thor and World Champion Storm 11 are just some of the robots that will fight it out with spinning discs, razor-sharp teeth, brute strength and no mercy, all inside a bullet-proof cage," she said.

Meanwhile, Titan The Robot will return by popular demand, with the 8ft giant "firing up" and coming to life.



Health

London's The Science Museum will present 'It Takes Guts', which brings people on the journey of what happens to food once it goes into mouths and into the stomach and onwards.

The annual exhibition in the Main Hall attracts more than 40,000 people which makes it one of the largest events of its kind in Europe.

The results of the various projects will be a huge draw for members of the public attending it. Among the results on display will be research by Donegal students which examined the ultraviolet protection in a variety of moisturisers.

And the health effects of hair dyes is another project which qualified for the competition, entered by students in Galway.

The tickets will cost €6 per student, €12 per adult, and a family pass will cost €25.

fdillon@herald.ie