Doodle Science - May 2013

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An ugly bug? I don't think so a preying mantis, I must admit I'm not sure which species, it was on a wall, nowhere near here, in Crete in fact. I think it is a nymph, not quite fully grown yet as it does not look like it has got wings. The only reason I saw it was my wife spotted it on a wall, with camouflage like that it would be hard to find on a plant and I'm sure I walked past hundreds.
Great Dates in Sci and Tech for May

1st 1753 ~ Lineaus first publishes his Species Plantarum and so gets systematic naming of the natural world going.
2nd 1933 ~ First sighting of the Loch Ness monster. Did they or didn't they? One thing is for certain, nobody has caught it.
5th 1925 ~ John Scopes is arrested in Tennessee for teaching evolution and in 1804 the High Possil Meteorite is the first recorded meteorite fall in Scotland.
7th 1795~ France adopts the metre as the basic unit of length measurement.
11th 1905 ~Einstein unveils special relativity.
17th 1902 ~ Spiridion Stais finds the Antikethyra mechanism.
24th 1849 ~ Morse transmits the first telegraph message from Baltimore to Washington.
29th 1919 ~ Arthur Eddington takes measurements of stars during an eclipse to test Einsteins theory of relativity.
Something to try. Test their reasoning.

This is a great idea for getting people thinking.
Get some small cardboard boxes and into them place random objects,
a coin, dead matches, a stone etc. Then close the boxes and secure them with a rubber band.
Now simply let people try to work out what is in them but they are not allowed to open then.
You could be mean and not tell them what is in there but that seems cruel. It really gets the analytical fluids flowing.
and some critical thinking on the way.
This is great,

Wringing out water in Space

Giant fish.