Doodle Science - February 2016

Circulated to schools, organisations and individuals - covering primary science and related bits and bobs.

Monk parakeets

Monk parakeets. These little sweeties, Myiopsitta monachus naturally come from South America but now have been introduced to Europe, these ones ( I kid you not) were photographed in the Vatican and are all over Rome. The ones that you see, and hear, all over London and that are now classed as a British Breeding bird are bigger, the Ring Neck parakeet or Psittacula Krameri are originally from India and Africa. Curious how they come from such separate places and are now doing well so far from home.

Remember STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths too and I have maths shows.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for February

1st 1951 - TV showed an atom bomb test live ( they were unauthorised but it soon caught on)

2nd 1935 - First use of a polygraph lie detector.

3rd 1966 - Unmanned Luna 9 lands on the Moon

5th 1924 - The Greenwich Time Signal or the "Pips" are broadcast for the first time.

6th 1959 - Kilby of Texas Instruments patents an integrated circuit.

7th 1979 - Pluto moves inside the orbit of Neptune, it still is.

8th 1865 - Mendel reads his paper on gentics and not many people notice

10th 1996 - IBMs Deep Blue computer beats Garry Kasparov at chess

12th 1809 - Charles Darwin is born

15th 1564 - Galileo Galilei is born

18th 1930 Tombaugh discovers Pluto

28th 1953 Watson and Crick tell friends they have worked out the structure of DNA. They publish in April

Things in the sky this month.

7th, Mercury will be at its furthest east, the other bright planets are all lined up in the dawn sky too. well worth a look if you are up early, good chance I will be

8th, New Moon, good time to see faint things.

22nd, Full Moon, in pre-industrial times, full moons at this time of year were know as Hungry Moons!!!

Apart from that not much predicted activity, but always the chance of an aurora and their might be some interesting atmospherics due to high ice clouds.

Interesting links

National Geographic best photos 2015

A website called All that's interesting

Kew Gardens, worth even a virtual visit

The Science of Cooking