Doodle Science - December 2016

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winter solstice
The connected picture is something for the season of Good Will, Winter Solstice at Stone Henge, I took it a few years ago when fed up with the commercialism of the season I trolled up to Stonehenge for the Sun Rise on the 21st of December. Strange event but interesting. Not long now and the days will start getting longer again.
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
11th, 1844 ~ First use of Laughing gas as a dental Anaesthetic
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
17th, 1903 ~ The Wright Brothers get it to work.
21st, 1968 ~ Apollo 8 goes to the Moon. the first people to go round, they did not land but they got a great view.
22nd, 1882 ~ Edward H Johnson uses the first electric Christmas tree lights in his home.
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.
Good thing to do Look for flowers of frost.
As water vapour condenses onto cooled surfaces it make some very pretty patterns. So look out.

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