Doodle Science - June 2016

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

wild spuds
These are wild spuds, the ancestors of the King Edward and Desiree. The wild species is amazingly diverse, with smooth ones, knobbly ones, white red and purple. The ones we eat are a fine example of artificial selection.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for June

1st 1846 Le Verrier predicts the existence and location of Neptune from looking a irregularities of the orbit of Uranus.
3rd 1769 On Tahiti James Cook observes the transit of Venus. This was one of the "Big Science " events of its time and was able to provide information that allowed the calculation of the size of the solar system.
5th 1683 The First university museum opens as the Ashmolean opens its doors.
15th 763 BC Solar eclipse in Mesopotamia is recorded and provides and anchor for chronology and calendars
18th 1858 Darwin gets a letter from Wallace detailing natural selection, he finally gets on with publishing "On the Origin of Species"
21st This year. Mid summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night in the northern hemisphere.
23rd 2006 A tortoise possibly collected by Darwin dies. Harriet was about 175 years old.
26th 1948 Shockley filed the patent for the transistor, almost all electronics we use today dates back to this.
30th 1905 Einstein published the first work on Special Relativity.

Things in the sky this month.

63rd Saturn at opposition as near as it gets to Earth.
5th New Moon
Mercury at it's greatest eastern elongation. Look for tit in the dawn sky.
20th Full Moon
21st Summer solstice

Interesting links

Wired Science...Some interesting stuff Guess what that is about

Instructables..Your First Robot