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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

Quarrying, a misunderstood industry?

by Paul Lyle

Many people have an image of the quarrying industry in Ireland as one that involves dust, noise, water pollution and disfigurement ofthe landscape. But, the industry is working hard to tackle its poor environmental record, while providing many benefits to the economy here, north and south.

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Tsunami shock wave shook Irish groundwater

by Geoff Wright

Despite the raw power and ultimately tragic consequences of the Asian tsunami of 26th December 2004 it still seems extraordinary that the earthquake causing it was actually registered in Ireland. But it's true, as reported by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in the article (page 23) in Issue 18 of Science Spin. The shock wave from the Asian tsunami caused underground water to shake here in Ireland. Three GSI groundwater level monitoring wells (operated by the Office of Public Works) in Co. Kilkenny showed significant fluctuations of water levels on the 26 December 2004. These fluctuations occurred as a direct result of the earthquake off the coast of Sumatra that caused the catastrophic tsunami.

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How thick is Europe's crust?

by Tom Kennedy

A clearer picture is beginning to emerge about how the rocky foundations of Europe are far from uniform. Here we report that on the international 'Deep Earth' project that aims to probe below Europe's crusty surface.

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