Family News and Events

Family News and Events
A magical oceans lab

Many people get put off by science, resolving that the subject is either boring or only fit for geniuses to study. However, science is something we should all be exploring and trying to understand. Marine and environmental science is at the forefront of our current affairs with the plastic pollution of our oceans being just one of the major topics of concern today. Offering a fun way for kids to grasp some of these thought-provoking ideas, Cool Planet’s concoction-packed Magical Oceans Lab in Wicklow is sure to be a big hit. Children will be able to dive into the scientific method, experiment with the pH scale and create bubbling chemical reactions.

They can expect to come away with a real understanding of the science of C02 and how nature based solutions can help protect and restore our ocean’s delicate ecosystem. It runs from February 15-23.

Never too old for a cuppa’

Ireland is known for its love affair with tea – it’s rare not to go through a whole day without slurping on the hot drink. Beyond its ability to warm you up on a cold morning, a new study from Singapore and Shanghai has found a significant link between regular tea drinking and lower levels of depression in old people.

The researchers – Feng Qiushi, Shen Ke and team – analysed the data of 13,000 individuals who took part in the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS) between 2005 and 2014.

They discovered an almost universal link between tea drinking and lower reports of depression.

The results also suggested that the benefits of tea drinking are strongest for males aged 65 to 79 years. Suggesting an explanation, Feng Qiushi said: “It is likely that the benefit of tea drinking is more evident for the early stage of health deterioration. More studies are surely needed in regard to this issue.”

Take charge

Technology has become so ingrained in our everyday lives that it’s rare not be carrying around a phone or laptop. All of these types of electronic devices need to be charged regularly, usually via a plug with long wires. If you’re someone that’s always on the go, you might consider purchasing a portable charger. They’re compact and have an excellent battery life meaning that you’ll never have to worry about being on low bars again. Simply charge it up before you leave the house and you’ll have a bank of extra hours to use. Small lights on the charger let you know how much life it has left and you can even charge multiple devices at the same time. No need to stress about finding a socket for your plug, a portable charger will always be ready.