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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

How to beat the 'superbugs'

by Roy Sleator

As we reach the 80th anniversary of Fleming's discovery of penicillin; the wonder drug which heralded a new era in the fight against infection, the medical establishment is now faced with a new challenge in the form of antibiotic resistance - the bugs are fighting back! Moreover, the superbugs, such as MRSA (meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and C. diff (Clostridium difficile) appear to be winning.

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Computers and Humans: Whose reality will dominate?

by Marie-Catherine Mousseau

The outcome of the relationship of humans with computers is critical to mankind's future. In that future will we live - frighteningly - in some kind of computer-determined reality, or will computers instead be built into our reality? The latter vision is certainly more palatable and that's the vision of people such as Brendan O'Flynn, a researcher based at the Tyndall Institute Cork, working on tiny intelligent devices.

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Solving the mystery of the Triassic mass extinction

by Anthony King

A huge project is underway at UCD to try and figure out the mystery of why so many creatures died off at the end of what's called the Triassic-Jurassic boundary, about 200 million years ago. The aim is to compare fossils collected from this time period with the evidence produced from state-of-the-art atmospheric chambers at UCD that re-create ancient climate conditions. Among the questions that scientists want to answer is, why did the dinosaurs emerge during this time of 'mass extinction'.

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