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Faraway Hills are Grey

in Geology/Recent/Science and Geography

The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has small cliffs that stretch across the landscape for months at a time.

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We are not from around here – Interstellar objects

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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
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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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Planet Jupiter comes to Dublin 5

in Fresh/Science and Geography
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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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Birr and the Stoneys- And the largest telescope in the world

in Buildings/Fresh/Science and Geography

William Parsons put Offaly at the centre of global astronomy in 1845. He built the largest telescope in the world until the construction of the 100-inch (2.5 m) Hooker Telescope in California in 1917. 

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Birr is part of the world’s largest network of radio telescopes

in Fresh/Science and Geography

LOFAR is an interconnected series of radio telescopes that form the world’s largest radio telescope. Though most of the sites are based in the Netherlands, many are elsewhere including the most westerly antenna in the park at Birr Castle.

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The road needs to be less travelled

in Fresh/Science and Geography

Electric cars are in the news. But how about travelling less? Or is this too much for people to stomach? 

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Smog and Polar Warming

in Climate Change/Fresh/Science and Geography
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Warmer conditions in the Arctic may lead to severe clouds of pollution in many cities in Asia, including Beijing and Delhi. With climate change models prediction increased temperature increases in the Arctic this will have wide reaching impact on human health in Asia. 

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Magnetism and Water on Mars

in Fresh/Science and Geography

NASA’s InSight lander, which arrived on the Red Planet in November 2018, is making measurements of Mars’s magnetic field from the surface, which may help us find water deep underground. While this might trigger thoughts of dowsing there are some scientific reasoning behind the idea. 

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