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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

Preventing Brain Injury In Newborns

by Tom Kennedy

Brain seizures occur in five per cent of all babies born alive. In the vast majority of these cases, the seizures go undetected, the babies in which they occur do not change expression and show no obvious outward signs of distress, and there is no medical intervention. This lack of detection and intervention means that lasting damage can occur to developing little brains, leading to serious problems down the line for children such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and learning difficulties.

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Ancient Surgical Skills

by Tom Kennedy

Even with advanced technology, surgeons would be reluctant to drill holes into a skull, yet over 1,000 years ago in Peru this was an accepted procedure. During excavations in the Andahuaylas province of Peru evidence for 45 separate trepanation was seen on 32 individual skulls.

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Unworkable Science Syllabi

by Tom Kennedy

Over the past few years there have been enormous changes in science. In Ireland, research has raced ahead on a number of fronts, yet, how well are schools keeping pace with these new developments? Tom Kennedy reports that science teachers are not happy with the new syllabi for physics, chemistry and biology, and educational expert Áine Hyland has warned that Ireland is now at risk of falling far short of international standards in education.

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