Doodle Science - February 2019

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

Miniature Daffodils
Daffodils, soon they will be out again and spring will have come. But be careful, don't eat them the leaves and especially the bulbs are poisonous, loaded with lycorine, probably won't kill you but will make you sick, so don't go using them as a substitute for onions.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for February

1st 1951 - TV showed an atom bomb test live ( they were unauthorised but it soon caught on)
2nd 1935 - First use of a polygraph lie detector.
3rd 1966 - Unmanned Luna 9 lands on the Moon
5th 1924 - The Greenwich Time Signal or the "Pips" are broadcast for the first time.
6th 1959 - Kilby of Texas Instruments patents an integrated circuit.
7th 1979 - Pluto moves inside the orbit of Neptune, it still is.
8th 1865 - Mendel reads his paper on gentics and not many people notice
10th 1996 - IBMs Deep Blue computer beats Garry Kasparov at chess
12th 1809 - Charles Darwin is born
15th 1564 - Galileo Galilei is born
18th 1930 Tombaugh discovers Pluto
28th 1953 Watson and Crick tell friends they have worked out the structure of DNA. They publish in April

In the sky this month

Pretty quiet month but highlights include
February 4 - New Moon. 
February 19 - Full Moon, Supermoon. 
February 27 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. 

A Good thing to do

Watch for bugs to start appearing, even in January on a sunny day bumble bees can be seen and heard, but now other things should be starting their run up to summer. Frogs will congregate in ponds too.

Interesting links

Bumble Bee Trust

Kitchen Chemistry

Some interesting Science infographics

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