Doodle Science - July 2015

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

Horse Fly
This beautiful insect is one you would not want to meet too close, it is a horse fly, if I have read my insect guides right it is Tabanus bovinus, not one that commonly bites people but mainly cattle and it is apparently quite common. One thing about these insects is they have the most lovely eyes, every colour of the rainbow, so if something lands on you and it has iridescent eyes brush it off quickly. When I first spotted it I thought it was the drone fly which is absolutely harmless, but then I saw the dagger mouth parts. Only the girls ones bite, by the way, the boys drink nectar.
Great Dates in Sci and Tech for July

1st, 1858 Darwin and Wallace's paper on Natural selection is read to the Linnean society.
3rd, 1844 the last pair of Great Auks is killed
and in 1886 Benz unveils the first purpose build car.
5th, 1687 Newton published the Principia
10th, 1962 Telstar is launched, the first communications satellite
and in 1997 Scientists announce that DNA evidence supports the out of Africa theory of human evolution placing "African Eve" at between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago.
19th, 1912 a meteorite explodes over Holbrook Arizona and showers 16,000 bits on the town.
21st, 1969 Armstrong and Aldrin walk on the Moon.
25th, 1978 the first test tube baby is born.

Things in the sky this month

There have been major Sun activity so there is the possibility of Aurora
This time of year is when Noctilucent clouds can some times be seen in the North
1st, Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, they will get very close only 0.3 degrees apart in the west just after sunset.
2nd, Full Moon
14th, New Horizons, NASAs probe will make it's long awaited rendezvous with Pluto, should be one to keep up with on Twitter.
16th, New Moon
28th/ 29th, Delta Aquarid Meteor shower, best seen after midnight.
31st, Full Moon, two in a month so one of the definitions of a "Blue Moon.
Some interesting links

The mysterious world of Mushrooms
Bacteria in Petri dishes
It is summer so we can go outside so look at these
The Earth Science Teachers resources
One of the excellent things done by the British Geological Survey