Doodle Science - October 2018


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



A wild Chicken, the ancestor of the chicken in the shops, Sri Lankan jungle fowl, domesticated in south east asia many years ago and now the quite probably the commonest bird on Earth.
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

October 8 - Draconids Meteor Shower.
October 9 - New Moon.
October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower.
October 23 - Uranus at Opposition.
October 24 - Full Moon. Good thing to do
Look out for migrant birds, both heading in and heading out.




some links

Museum of Technology, The History of Gadgets and Gizmos

Nasa's gallery of Space Pictures
Some Amazing Frogs