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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

Metal proves precious in fight against cancer; Platinum's real value as an anti-cancer agent

by Clodagh Mulcahy

Platinum is a very rare, soft, dense, white-grey to silver-grey metal that is more expensive than gold on the open market. But, its value could soon be judged in more than monetary terms - as a life-saving anti-cancer agent, writes Clodagh Mulcahy.

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Clare Island: The lost civilisations

by Anthony King

The scientific data being gathered by the new surveys of Clare Island is helping researchers to develop a better picture of the character of Irish settlement of the island from prehistoric times right down to the present day.

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Shocked bugs devour phosphorous

by Sean Duke

Micro-organisms that were electrically 'shocked' at the research lab of Dr John McGrath at QUB, responded by devouring phosphorous pollutants and converting them back into a more useful form. This finding provides the means of reducing phosphorous pollution in the environment - a major problem in Ireland - and also of recycling a precious, and very expensive, mineral that is useful for many purposes.

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