Doodle Science - December 2011

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Water Pump

This is a really big pump, in fact it is a triple expansion steam pump for moving water at the Kempton Steam Museum right by the top end of the M3, so if you live in London you have quite possibly driven past it. I was lucky enough to go on an open day and saw it going. It is housed in a wonderful classical looking building with fake columns and the interior is one of those spaces that is like some cathedral to industry or in this case public health. It was retired a few years ago but when it was going it moved 9 million gallons of water in a day and supplied water all the way across London. You might even have drunk stuff that went through. Now the same job is done by electric pumps that no doubt are very impressive but not quite the same. This picture does not really do justice to the size of the thing , absolutely massive and the vertigo on the top!! More than the Empire State building.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for December

2nd, 1942 ~The Manhattan Project, the first working nuclear pile or reactor, Chicago
3rd, 1967~ First successful Heart Transplant carried out bu Barnard
5th, 1893 ~ First electric car
10th, 1684 ~ Newtons paper on Gravity is read to the Royal Society By Halley
12th, 1901 ~ Marconi receives the first radio transmission across the Atlantic
14th, 1903 ~ The Wright Brothers make their first attempt to get the Wright Flyer off the ground
21st, 1968 ~ Apollo 8 goes to the Moon. the first people to go round, they did not land but they got a great view.
23rd, 1954 ~ First human kidney transplant by Murray in Boston.
24th, 1906 ~ First transmission of voice and music by radio, Reginald Fessenden.
27th, 1831 ~ Darwin sets sail on the Beagle
28th, 1612 ~ Galileo probably saw Neptune but thought it was a fixed star
Something to try
Looking at Mushrooms.
This is a great time for looking at the great diversity of the fungi kingdom. Don't pick them just see how many types you can find around. If you get some that are in a really convenient place you can watch the changes from day to day as they develop and change. You don't even need to identify them just spot them but there are many good guides around you can use to name the common ones.
Health and safety
Definitely do not eat them!!! It is best just to look some are deadly poisonous
Web site well worth a visit
is this DRBs microworld and have a look at The Open University for useful (and free) things.