Doodle Science - November 2018

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Cibotium Barometz
A tree fern, but no ordinary tree fern, one with a bizzare history. A zoophyte, the Scythain Lamb, The Barometz, Agnus Scythianus, a plant that was said to grow into a lamb that then ate the surrounding vegetation, Described by Mandeville, mentioned in encyclopedias and even by Darwin's Grandfather. It seems that the locals where it grows made the trunk into little sheep and sold them to tourists. You can see why, they are fluffy.
Great Dates in Sci and Tech for November

1st of November 1520~ Magellan enters the straits named after him on the voyage to circumnavigate the world. On the 28th he enters the Pacific. He did not survive the trip but some of his sailors did.
3rd of November 1993 Leon Theremin dies, the creator of the spooky musical instrument you play by waving your arms around and electronic bugs.
5th of November 1743~ First coordinated observation of the transit of Mercury, the rocket science of its day.
8th of November 1895 ~ Rontgen Discovers X rays while looking for something else.
10th of November 1983~ First computer virus. Fred Cohen demonstrates the first one, somebody had to.
11th of November 1930 ~Einstein and Szilard patent a fridge that needs no electricity.
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, it took a while for people to notice.
21st of November 1859 ~ Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" goes on sale in London and sells out quickly
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 and makes his fortune
30th of November 1934 ~ The Flying Scotsman becomes the first official 100mph Steam Locomotive

Things in the sky this month.

Mars seems to be well placed this month, low in the south west but very bright
November 5, 6 - Taurids Meteor Shower.
November 6 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation.
November 7 - New Moon.
November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. T
November 23 - Full Moon.

some sites worth a look at

Well worth a look. Best Science Pictures of the year
Science Daily
Education Resources from the RSC

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