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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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Ash: The dilution of a native son

by Tom Kennedy

Recently, foresters were dismayed to find that the ash, highly regarded since Gaelic times as one of the seven nobles of the forest, had become, like most things Irish, a bit of a hybrid.

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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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In the age of industry, universities need protection

by Frank Gannon

There was a time when the role of universities in society was well defined. Their primary task was higher education, to fill their students' open minds with new thoughts and insights. This community was encouraged to reflect not only on the fields of their expertise, but on everything that caught their interest, and to think afresh and challenge long-held beliefs. Depending on their philosophical context, some universities were also engaged not just in reflection, but also in experimentation.

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