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Where is the Sea? The curious case of sea-blindness

in Fresh/Irish Sea/Nature/Recent
Moonshine Bull Island

“The British Isles depend on the sea, but we who live here can suffer from sea-blindness, little realising how much our way of life is made possible through ships that bring goods and food, export our manufactured products, and provide the naval defence of our island.” These are the opening words of a book by…

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We are not from around here – Interstellar objects

in Fresh/Geology/Science and Geography
interstellar-objects

Parts of the Earth may have originally been from another part of the galaxy, having crossed light years to form what we stand upon right now. This is the suggestion of research that says that the Milky Way should be full of flying rocks like Oumuamua, the interstellar asteroid that visited our solar system in…

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Adapt or Die – Climate change and human evolution

in Fresh/Science and Geography

There has been permanent ice on the Earth for over 2.5 million years. The amount of ice has changed from time to time. Mario Krapp from University of Cambridge has led a team which simulated 800,000 years of global climate change.

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Seamounts – The mountains that you cannot see

in Atlantic Ocean/Climate Change/Fresh/Geology/Science and Geography
Seamounts

We have discovered thousands of previously uncharted underwater mountains, which are also known as seamounts. They are included in the most detailed map of the ocean floor ever produced.

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The engineering super star – Bindon Blood Stoney

in Bridges/Dublin/Featured/Fresh/Lighthouses
Offaly Superstars - Lowry and Stoney

In 2019 Shane Lowry from Clara in County Offaly won the British Golf Open and underlined his international sporting superstar status. But Lowry was not the first bearded superstar from Offaly. Bindon Blood Stoney was born in County Offaly in 1828 and he would go on to be an engineering heavyweight – though without getting…

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Planet Jupiter comes to Dublin 5

in Fresh/Science and Geography
Jupiter

I had not realised that one could easily see a planet in the sky, even a large one such as Jupiter. And now I know that Galileo had four centuries previously identified four moons orbiting the planet, and yet Jupiter only came into my orbit this summer.  

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Inspired by the Spire

in Dublin/Fresh/Monuments/Recent
Spire next to trees in Dublin

Monuments need to be reconsidered in order to see them in a fresh way.  But as we have seen from other articles here, they are very much part of their time, and often related to tourism. The Spire was installed in Dublin in 2003, and was hated by more people than it was loved. Now sixteen…

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The Drumlins and Vikings of Strangford Lough

in Boats/Fresh/Geology/Irish Sea

Though Strangford Lough is a long way from Scandinavia, it has an impressive Viking heritage. The ford from Old Norse Strangr Fjörðr. But it was also host to a battle between two groups of Viking rivals.

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