I had great fun preparing for the third, and final part of this blog series. It is all well and good discussing the merits, scientific and otherwise, of using vegetables in your baking, but as a truly dedicated scientist I realised a little
Last week was one of those roller coaster type of weeks… plenty of ups and a few downs, in a seven day stretch that felt more like ten. On Monday myself and the children headed to Wicklow for the annual Summer week with Nanny and Grandad. For
Week 19th – 25th August, 2013
How did you do with last week’s Mystery Creature? This unusual looking animal is called a red lipped bat fish (Ogcocephalus darwini) from the Galapagos Islands.
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This striking looking fish has a number of unusual
What is transpiration?Transpiration is the process whereby water is taken into a plant by the roots, transported up through the plant and released from the leaves as water vapour!
Lets learn more!Transpiration is a bit like perspiration (sweating) in humans – it helps to keep the plant cool! As the water vapour transpires out of tiny holes (called stomata) fresh water is drawn up from below. This means there is always an unbroken tower of water running from the bottom to the top of the plant at all times. Water travels up the plant through tubes called Xylem. The constant flow of water through the xylem tubes of the plant is called the transpiration stream; this stream keeps the stem firm so that it can support the weight of the plant. Plants put roots down into the soil to draw water and nutrients up into the plant.
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Transpiration accounts for up to 10% of water in the atmosphere! Some trees can loose hundreds of thousands of litres of water in a single day through transpiration! The water vapour trees transpire
Last week’s blog post sparked a lot of discussion and debate on the topic of vegetables in (sweet) baking. It seems that everybody has an opinion, some are surprised with the idea, some are keen to try it and many already have and offered some
What is Forensic Science?
Forensic Science is the investigation of a crime using different scientific techniques.
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Let‛s learn more!
When a crime is committed Forensic Scientists help collect the evidence. They may use Chemistry, Genetics, Biology, Pathology, Entomology and Toxicology to examine
Now that I have entered the world of blogging I enjoy reading other blogs as much as I do writing and researching this one. I have some favourites that I check in to regularly as a little treat; chief among them is the <a href="http://greensideup.ie/dees-vegetable-blog/
4th – 11th August 2013
How did you get on with this week’s Mystery Creature? A beautiful moth … but did you know which one? It is the Garden Tiger Moth (Arctia caja).
This beautiful moth is common enough in Ireland and indeed throughout
(Apologies I am posting the Fun Friday blog a day late due to broadband difficulties yesterday )
We all thought we had been visited by a small tornado here in Galway yesterday, a photo of a waterspout just off Salthill was the talk of the town. Turns