Doodle Science - April 2016

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

A Tiger, panthera tigris, this one is at Marwell zoo being kept as part of the breeding program for the Amur, or Siberian tiger. It turns out there are more than twice as many pet tigers in the USA as there are wild tigers left. You'd need a big cat flap.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for April

1st 1875 ~ First weather map published in the times., Not April Fool
4th 1975 ~ Gates and Allen form Microsoft
6th 1938 ~ Plunkett invent Teflon
9th 1809 ~ Isambard Kingdom Brunnel is born
12th 1961 ~ Gagarin in orbit
15th 1726 ~ Newton tells the apple story, might be true
25 1953 ~ Watson and Crick present their work on DNA
27th 1981 ~ Computer mouse is born

Things in the sky this month.

7th New Moon
18th Mercury at its greatest Eastern point
22nd Full Moon
22/23rd Lyrids meteor shower, go somewhere dark, shame about the full Moon, it will blot them out a tad.

Interesting links

Space Weather

Lots of old and fascinating kit at The Museum of Technology

Japanese plant site Botany Boy