Doodle Science - November 2015

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A Moldavite from my collection of interesting things. This is a lump of meteoric melt, a tektite formed when a large object smacked into what is now Reis in Germany, and threw molten rock quite a way which cooled as it flew through the air and then landed in and around the Czech republic.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for November

1st of November 1520~ Magellan enters the straits named after him on the voyage to circumnavigate the world. On the 28th he enters the Pacific. He did not survive the trip but some of his sailors did.

3rd of November 1993 Leon Theremin dies, the creator of the spooky musical instrument you play by waving your arms around and electronic bugs.

5th of November 1743~ First coordinated observation of the transit of Mercury, the rocket science of its day.

8th of November 1895 ~ Rontgen Discovers X rays while looking for something else.

10th of November 1983~ First computer virus. Fred Cohen demonstrates the first one, somebody had to.

11th of November 1930 ~Einstein and Szilard patent a fridge that needs no electricity.

13th of November 1971 ~ Mariner 9 goes into orbit around Mars, the first space craft to orbit another planet

20th of November 1905 ~ Einstein publishes the paper that leads to the most famous equation in science, E = mc2, it took a while for people to notice.

21st of November 1859 ~ Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" goes on sale in London and sells out quickly

24th of November 1969 ~ Apollo 12 splashes down in the Pacific having taken the second men to the Moon.

25th of November 1867 ~ Nobel patents Dynamite and makes his fortune

30th of November 1934 ~ The Flying Scotsman becomes the first official 100mph Steam Locomotive

Things in the sky this month.

After October a bit quieter but Venus, Mars and Jupiter still in the dawn.

5th and 6th Taurid meteor shower at its peak. Best to be somewhere away from bright town lights.

11th New Moon

17th 18th Leonid meteor shower peak.

25th Full Moon.

some links

Ambient noise on the Internet. Nice and restfull

Strange New from Science Live

Science Daily

Lots of interesting stuff from Strange Science