Doodle Science - October 2017



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An Insect trapped in Dominican amber or copal, a few million years ago this guy was wandering around a tree and got caught in tree resin, later I got hold of it. Recently a tail of a baby dinosaur was recovered from similar stuff, and it had feathers.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for October


1st of October 1969 ~ Concorde first broke the sound barrier

and 1982 Sony first sell CD players

2nd of October 1925~ John Logie Baird starts testing a working TV

4th of October 1957 ~ Sputnik is launched starting the space race

4th of October 2004 ~ Space Ship 1 wins the Ansari X prize as the first private spacecraft.

6th of October 1995 ~ 51 Pegasi is discovered, the first planet found that does not orbit the Sun

7th of October 1954 ~ IBM build the first transistor computer, not valve.

and 1959 Luna 3 takes the first pictures of the far side of the Moon.

9th of October 1992 ~ About 13 Kg of the Peekskill meteorite destroys a 1980 Chevrolet in New York State.

10th of October 1979 ~ Pac-Man is introduced to the world, released the next year and it took people a while to notice.

14th of October 1985 ~ C++ reference guide for the computer language and hard core Nerds released.

18th of October 1985 ~ Nintendo platform, the most influential so far is released.

25th of October 1955 ~ Domestic Microwave oven introduced. Ping.

29th of October ~ Leibniz invents the integral sign, but can't find one on my key board.

30th of October 1961 ~ Soviets detonate 100 Megaton Tsar Bombe, glad they only did that once.

31st of October 1951 ~ First Zebra crossings, before then they had to just charge across.



Things in the sky this month.


Not a lot but a couple of meteor showers

5th Full Moon

8th - Draconids Meteor Shower

19th - New Moon.

19th - Uranus at Opposition.

21st, 22nd - Orionids Meteor Shower. Good thing to do

Minibeasting, or for the more formal Looking at Invertebrates.

This time of year is by far the best time for looking at these creatures,

because many of them have an annual life story the adults are at their largest now,

not just spiders but grass hoppers and many more are teaming about,

Until the frosts start to kill them off the micro world is busy.

Even if you are not on this topic, just take the time to have a look.

Soon the dragonflies will be gone and butterflies will be trying to find places in sheds and classrooms to hibernate .

A good plant to look at is ivy, it's flowers are some of the last nectar sources of the year.

Health and safety: Don't play with or handle the creatures, you might hurt them!!

And I suppose there is a very slight chance you might get bitten.Make your own little world.

some links


A stunning under sea creature caught on video.



If you have not looked make sure to check out NASA's picture of the day