Doodle Science - November 2011

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This is the heart of an ornamental member of the Brassica family, or to give it its common name a cabbage. It is just as wonderful an example of the plant breeders art as any sweet smelling rose but one that I think you could eat if you really wanted to, but I'll leave mine in the garden. It has been selected for the bright purple leaves that are caused by a mutation in the genes that control the production of leaf pigments.
Great Dates in Sci and Tech for November

8th of November 1895 ~ Rontgen Discovers X rays.
13th of November 1971 ~ Mariner 9 goes into orbit around Mars, the first space craft to orbit another planet
20th of November 1905 ~ Einstein publishes the paper that leads to the most famous equation in science, E = mc2
21st of November 1859 ~ Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" goes on sale in London
24th of November 1969 ~ Apollo 12 splashes down in the Pacific having taken the second men to the Moon.
25th of November 1867 ~ Nobel patents Dynamite
28th of November 1520 ~ Magellan and the crews of his three ships become the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans
30th of November 1934 ~ The Flying Scotsman becomes the first official 100mph Steam Locomotive
Something to try
Looking at Mushrooms.
This is a great time for looking at the great diversity of the fungi kingdom. Don't pick them just see how many types you can find around. If you get some that are in a really convenient place you can watch the changes from day to day as they develop and change. You don't even need to identify them just spot them but there are many good guides around you can use to name the common ones.
Health and safety
Definitely do not eat them!!! It is best just to look some are deadly poisonous
Web site well worth a visit
is this DRBs microworld and have a look at The Open University for useful (and free) things.