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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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Visiting Ireland's wild past

by Tom Kennedy

The natural history collection of the National Museum is back on display at Collins Barracks in Dublin. Science Spin went along and picked out some highlights.

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by Tom Kennedy

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