Doodle Science - November 2016



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



Bee in Copal

A Bee trapped in copal, young amber about 400,000 years old from Madagascar. I came across this little wonder at a recent fossil show.

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.


2th and 5th Taurid meteor shower

14th, full Moon, at a close approach so it may look bigger and brighter than normal.

16th/17th Leonids meteor shower

29th New Moon, good time to look at faint objects.

Good thing to do

Falling leaves and the marks of frost.

some links


Deutsches Museum in Munich

Whales and dolphins

Microscopy