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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

A morning with the meerkats

by Mico Tatalovic

In zoos around the world meerkats have become one of the most popular attractions. The reason for their popularity, perhaps, is that people can relate to their sociable nature, and how they co-operate, and allocate tasks among each other to survive. Here a meerkat research volunteer, Mico Tatalovic, describes one morning in the life of a group of meerkats living in the Kahalari Desert.

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The farmer’s little friend

by Tom Kennedy

When Michael Feely was out on the family farm in County Roscommon he noticed a cow pat that had gone crusty. "I wondered why it wasn't decomposing like all the others," he said. Back at Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, the second year student asked his teacher, Miss Geoghegan, why this might happen, and she explained that it could be due to the use of avermectin antibiotics on cattle.

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Galápagos Romance

by John Paul Tiernan

How many scientists working in a sterile, white laboratory have dreamed of conducting 'old fashioned', 'rousing' science off the deck of an old wooden sailboat? Probably quite a lot, but unlike almost all the others, Irishman John Paul Tiernan, is living the dream. Here, in an article special to Science Spin, he describes his work, and daily life on the famous Galápagos Islands.

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