Doodle Science - December2013

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Several pictures this month. fossils and their living relatives, top is the Ginkgo biloba leaves lying on my lawn, next to it is a fossil of Ginkgo leaves from the Juarasic ages so about 135 to 200 million years ago from Scarborough in Yorkshire. Strange plant the ginkgo, not really a conifer it is much more like a cycad and in the wild just survived in China but now are grown all over the place, the commonest street tree in New York. Below are Metasequoia glytostroboides ( what a name!!) leaves also lying on my lawn. And next to them fossil of Metasequoia orentalis leaves from Rockville Oregon dating to the Miocene 5 to 23 million years old. Great story of how this tree was discovered can be found at Wikipedia I have quite a few plant fossils in my collection and a few living ones in my garden.

Remember STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths too and I have maths shows.
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 by 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.ans
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.2nd of January 1860 ~The planet Vulcan is announced in Paris, it did not really exist.
Something to try. Make you own fossil?
Make you own fossil With plaster of Paris take impressions of leaves, shells just about anything and then once it has set hey presto home made fossil!! Take care plaster of Paris gives off heat as it sets, do not stick your finger in, if you have got the mix a bit off you could cook your hand.

Newly discovered in the Rain forest.

Amazing Space Pictures

Make a paper plane fly for ever.

Science resources from North Yorkshire