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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

Europe breaks the ice in polar research

by Sean Duke

The study of the polar regions, both Arctic and Antarctic, is increasingly important to understand what is happening to global climate. However, it is technically very difficult and costly to organise scientific missions to these areas. Typically, these missions must take place in summer only, and involve up to three vessels, one to conduct research and another two to break the ice. Europe, however, has recently laid down a marker, with its announced intention to build a world-class polar research vessel, to be called Aurora Borealis, which will be a drill ship, an icebreaker and a research vessel all rolled into one.

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Dread the needle? Relief is at hand for those petrified of needles

by Fiona Dunlevy

The moment arrives. You are with your GP and you have a nagging feeling he's going to mention the N word. And, sure enough, as he says, "I think we'll run some blood tests", with the nonchalance of those who don't dread the Needle, you begin to think you'd rather live with whatever disease is causing your symptoms, nasty as it may be.

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Bright Outlook For Irish Zinc and Lead

by Tom Kennedy

Zinc production at Navan began in 1977, but contrary to what many might think, the mine, Europe's largest zinc and lead mine, is still far from exhausted. The mine is expected to remain in production for at least another decade. Even then, Ireland's stock of high grade zinc and lead ores may be far from finished.

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