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Marine landslides

In this issue of Science Spin; Landslides are frequent on land but are more common at sea, and when this happens giant waves are generated. Big landslides produce tsunamis, such as the one that struck Japan, and scientists have been exploring the Rockall Trough to see if the collapse of steep undersea cliffs there pose a risk to Ireland.

Rocks and minerals

Is there a difference between the two? Our feature provides the answer and tells us where to find some minerals in Ireland.

Concerns persist

Following the disaster at Fukushima in Japan concerns about radiation continue to persist.


Nanotech in food, would you eat it? What consumers had to say when asked if they would eat foods produced by nanotechnology.

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Science on view

See our growing selection of videos on YouTube. Aine Hyland talks about the science curricula, Shiela Porter talks about SciFest, Jim Al Khalili talks about quantum biology, and coming up Dr Aggeliki Georgiopolou talks about marine landslides.

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Science Spin Articles

Toxicity testing, without killing

by Sean Duke

The current methods of testing for the presence of toxic substances in the environment is crude, slow, expensive, and is still based - somewhat incredibly - on counting the number of dead animals exposed to specific toxins over time. But, there is a better method.

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Harvesting Energy

by Tom Kennedy

For a big consumer of energy switching over to biomass will cut costs, but are forest owners ready to meet the rising demand for wood-chip fuel? Tom Kennedy reports that the opening of a new biomass energy plant in County Roscommon is going to have a big impact on the region.

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Unravelling The Mysterious Brain

by Veronica Miller

Your heart beats, fingers feel, muscles move, eyes see, ears hear, toes tingle and tongue tastes. A four year old wouldn't need a degree in anatomy to tell you that. From day one we can feel our body in action. A quick blink tells us eyes create sight. A nibble on a chilli pepper tells us our tongues taste. And a shock to the system sets our hearts thumping showing us what makes blood shoot about our bodies. But, if you ask a four year old what their brain does, they'll probably just scratch their heads in wonder. And perhaps you would too. This is the first in a series of features, which explains what we know about the brain and how it works.

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