Doodle Science - December 2019

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To see this picture of Blue John please open tin your browser. Calcium Fluorite with a bit of calcium carbonate, calcite, thrown it. I was lucky enough to visit the High Peaks recently and to go to Treak Cliff Cavern. This mineral much prised for it's decorative properties is only found here and this site is the only place in the world where you can find veins of it still in the rock. The surrounding stuff is carboniferous limestone but about 200 million years ago these veins formed. Wonderfull cave too.
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.
In the Sky this month

December 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower.December 12 - Full Moon.

December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower.

December 22 - December Solstice.

December 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower.

December 26 - New Moon.

December 26 - Annular Solar Eclipse. Going to be in the Southern Hemisphere

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Good ideas for the future, Reforestation

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