Doodle Science - May 2014

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Fire from the ground. This is the Chimera in southern Turkey, on a hill side natural gas comes out of the ground and burns, and apparently it has been doing that for at least the last 2000 years. There are several vents and the particular geology of the area causes it. The name is from the mythical beast slain by Belerophon that according to legend had the head of a lion, the tail of a serpent and was goat in between. I got this photo at Easter.
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.
Using biscuits for material testing

Different biscuits have different structures, honest they do, you can test them for strength or tension and compression,
"bendability" but my favourite is to dunk and see how long it takes them to fall apart.
Which will survive longest, a rich tea or a ginger nut?
Lots of possible variables and they make quite good models for looking at rock types too.
Health and safety: The bickies are experimental equipment and not just for eating.
Some thing else to try Make your own biscuits for testing, do some edible chemistry.
Go here for how
Wonderful Cephalopods, Well worth a look, I met some while snorkelling and I am never eating Calamari again.

Phys Org Excellent