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Event - Science Week 2019

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Science Week is taking place this week and there will be another competition taking place.

Each day a poster about different science facts will be sent to your college email, put on the Facebook page and on the website. Each poster has 5 facts but one of them is incorrect.

See the poster below for more details.


Each day the facts will be added to this article.

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Science Week - Day #1

The 5 facts for day #1 of Science Week are about Astronomy and Cosmology, the study of space and the phenomena that is out there.

We are but a infinitesimally small spec in the cosmos. There is a lot of interesting, and dangerous, objects in the vast reaches of our universe such as planets that rain glass, planets with cores made of diamonds, stars so large they make our Sun look tiny and black holes that have a gravitational pull so strong not even light can escape it!

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The 5 facts for day #2 of Science Week are about Biology, the study of life.

We are all essentially biological machines made up of countless cells that make up our blood, muscles, organs and tissue. Each cell performs a function and without them we wouldn't be alive. Our red blood cells transport oxygen around the body, our brain cells transmit information and our white blood cells fight off infection to name but a few. Our skeletal structure enables us to move around easily, manipulate objects and protect our vulnerable internal organs from damage.

Biology is one of the broadest sciences ranging from trying to understand DNA, the building blocks of every living thing, to microbes, bacteria to entire global ecosystems and how they interact, grow, survive and the relationships they have between other ecosystems.

Sometimes we forget that that we do not own planet Earth, we are instead sharing it with a vast number of insects, mammals, fish, reptiles and countless other creatures. The more we understand about other species the better we will be able to live along side them.

For the competition this week, have a look at the 5 facts below and see if you can find which one is incorrect.
A quick reminder that there is one incorrect fact each day this week, see if you can find them all to enter the competition. 

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The 5 facts for day #3 of Science Week are about Chemistry, the study of matter, its properties, composition and interactions.

Almost everything is made out of atoms. There are 118 different types of atoms that have been discovered which we call the elements which cannot be broken down into simpler elements.

The air you breathe, the chair you are sitting on, the ground below your feet, your own body - these are all made from these tiny atoms. Yesterday we said that there are countless cells in the human body. In one cell there are countless atoms.

Chemistry is all about discovering the properties of elements and compounds, various elements bonded together which behave very differently to the individual atoms that make it up. For example, water is made up of Hydrogen and Oxygen which are two gasses. When reacted together they form the clear liquid that is needed to sustain life. Hydrogen is flammable but water is not.

Chemistry is extremely broad in what it can achieve - new materials are created and new processes to make materials are also discovered.

For the competition this week, have a look at the 5 facts below and see if you can find which one is incorrect.
A quick reminder that there is one incorrect fact each day this week, see if you can find them all to enter the competition. 

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The 5 facts for day #4 of Science Week are about Physics, the study of the properties of matter and energy.

The universe is a very strange place when it comes to physics. Energy and matter are interchangeable which is how the Sun is emitting light. Two Deuterium atoms (a version of Hydrogen with more mass than Hydrogen) are fused together to make Helium which has a lower mass then the two masses used to make it. The missing mass gets turned into energy which is then released from the Sun.

Time, which many people assume to be moving at a constant rate for everyone actually isn't. The faster you are moving the slower time moves for you relative to someone else. "Moving clocks run slow"

Gravity slows down time also. If you were on a spaceship orbiting a close to a black hole and you looked towards Earth, time would be rapidly progressing on Earth. Days would be passing in seconds for you, years would pass in minutes. You could travel to the future! Unfortunately, we can't travel backwards in time so you would be stuck there in the future.

Energy is all around us, constantly changing from one form into another. You take a bite out of an apple, your body converts the chemical energy in the apple into heat energy, which keeps your body warm, and kinetic energy for your muscles so you can move them which allows you to raise your arm and take another bite from the apple.

For the competition this week, have a look at the 5 facts below and see if you can find which one is incorrect.
A quick reminder that there is one incorrect fact each day this week, see if you can find them all to enter the competition. 

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The 5 facts for day #5 of Science Week are about Earth Science, the study of the physical structure of the planet and its atmosphere. It includes Geology, the study of rocks and Meteorology, the study of the weather.

It is a very topical science especially this week as today the youth assembly is taking place in Dáil Eireann. 157 young people are meeting to discuss what Ireland needs to do to tackle environmental issues such as climate change. They will focus on the topics of economics, farming, power and education in relation to the environment and how we, as individuals and as a country as a whole, can have a positive influence on our environment around us to safeguard what we have for present and future generations.

The Earth is our home. All our resources come from either the atmosphere around us, the ground we see around us or from below the surface.

We are able to breathe because of our Oxygen rich atmosphere. We get water to drink from the rivers, lakes, seas and oceans around us. We can keep ourselves warm using coal found underground.

Understanding our planet makes us better equipped to survive here and to advance ourselves. We also have to protect the Earth as we have nowhere else to go!

Understanding weather patterns, predicting earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and tornadoes all help to save lives and help design our buildings to be able to withstand these events.

For the competition this week, have a look at the 5 facts below and see if you can find which one is incorrect.
A quick reminder that there is one incorrect fact each day this week, see if you can find them all to enter the competition.

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