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Science Spin 70

Blue or Pink?

What determines gender balance? Julia Galbenu takes a look at how temperature can affect the gender outcome of offspring.

Dirty Old Town

Tom Kennedy takes an in depth look at Dublin’s Industrial Heritage. A thousand year unbroken record of making things.

The Shapeshifting Punk

Sive Finlay investigates a frog that can not only change its camouflage but is even able to change its shape.


Margaret Franklin, co-author of "Colour; what we see and the science behind sight", explores the dual nature of Light.

How does a Fuel Cell work?

Jacob O'Neal gives an overview of the inner workings of fuel cell technology.

Insects on the Menu?

One Young Scientists project to put crickets rather than beef on the menu.

Science Spin Regulars

Young Scientists, Careers, Family Science and Weird & Wonderful Animals all inside this issue!

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Science Spin Articles

Star gazing in Cork

by Danielle Barron

Originally designed to repel pirates and invaders Blackrock Castle in Cork is now being used not to look outwards, but upwards, towards the heavens. This historical landmark built in the 16th century has recently become the site of an astronomical centre run by the CIT.

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Glacial past can help predict future climate

by Sean Duke

During the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, most of landmass of Britain and Ireland was covered in a single ice sheet. Last summer, scientists on board the research vessel the Celtic Explorer took samples of seafloor sediments at 54 locations off the northwest coast of Ireland. These samples, which are now in storage at the University of Ulster, Coleraine, are expected to reveal new information about how far the ancient British-Irish ice sheet extended out into what is now Ireland's western continental shelf. Furthermore, the samples can help scientists to understand more about how ice behaves over long periods of time, and, thus, be in a better position to understand the climate change implications of how ice is behaving at a number of locations around the world today.

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Bacteria link to Cystic Fibrosis

by George Winter

Bacterial biofilms might explain why cystic fibrosis is the most common inherited lethal disease among people with a Caucasian or European background. In Ireland it is the most common of all inherited diseases with one person in 25 estimated to have the CF gene in their genetic make-up, with, on average, 1,600 babies born with the condition each year in the Republic of Ireland.

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