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Science Spin 63

The laboratory lover

In this issue of Science Spin; what’s it like to work on quality control in a pharmaceutical company? The moment that Aine Moyna caught the whiff of sulphur and saw the strange looking instruments she knew that she wanted to work in labs. Moyna talked to Seán Duke about her experience in working in labs. Read more..

Smashing discoveries

What do scientists do when they want to find out something new? As one of CERNs leading scientists, Eilam Gross, explains, they smash up matter to see what’s inside. In this case, the scientists discovered the Higgs particle, but that is far from the end of the story. The particle, which only lasts for a tiny fraction of a second, shows that the entire Universe is in an invisible field, and this may explain why we and everything around us put on weight.

Ask a scientist

Here’s your chance to ask some awkward questions. Our panel of expert scientists is ready to respond with answers. In this issue Sive Finlay and Jon Jearsley answer the question “are humans still evolving?”, Margaret Franklin answers the question”How many colours can we see?”, Terry Mosley answers the question “why does the Moon always face the Earth?” and Con O’Rourke answer the question “are organic foods more nutritious?’ Read more..

Harvesting energy

The opening of a new bioenergy plant in County Roscommon is great news for forestry growers in the region. The milk processing plant at Ballaghaderreen is to consume 30,000 tonnes of wood chip a year and supplying this fuel is likely to give farm-foresters an income boost as well as sparking off further demand as other energy projects come on stream. Read more..

The future of computers

More and more processing power is being packed into less and less space, but there is a limit to how far this can go. What then? As Chris Coughlan reports, we are about to enter the strange and spooky quantum world, and the computers of the future will bear little resemblance to the ones we are familiar with now.

Science Spin Articles

Bluefin Tuna

by Tom Kennedy

One of the largest, fastest, and most widely distributed fish species. The Atlantic Bluefin is an oddity among fishes as it is warm blooded, and this may contribute to its ability to thrive both in the cold waters of the north as well as the tropics. This high level of adaptability, however, is not being matched by success as a survivor.

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Beauty Is In The 'Phi' Of The Beholder

by Sam Hafford

The rules of beauty can be reduced to an irrational mathematical constant, says Sam Hafford, overall winner of the RDS McWilliams Young Science Writers' Competition for 2009.

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Irish Atomic Clock to Guide Europe's Sattelites

by Sean Duke

Europe is in the process of building a global infrastructure of satellites, which will provide it with its own GPS system, which will become the most accurate in the world, and other communication services.

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