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Todays Google Doodle (2) February 19, 2013

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Today is Nicolaus Copernicus 540th birthday.Quiet Monumental!

Today is Nicolaus Copernicus 540th birthday.
Quite Monumental!

The first time I heard about the work of Copernicus was in a History of Science class in University. I really enjoyed the journey through time looking at Science. Recently, I did something similar with a Yr7 class. We looked at the history of the magnets and magnetism. The students had a lot of questions and we finished with the making a compass practical.

Any subject could be Scientific!


At Zenith December 7, 2012

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Today's Pricture of the day http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121207.html

Today’s Picture of the day

I recently began an on-line Astronomy course. I was and still am excited about it. However I have lately realised that my previous knowledge isn’t much. Slightly humbled I have spent time looking over the course material and jotting down notes.

Finding a star: Before I would open up Stellarium and match the up the stars. Now I understand the term ‘at its Zenith’ and that a star is at its highest (from an observers prospective) when on east to west journey it crosses the Celestial Meridian. Hopefully by Christmas I would be able to tell the time by looking at the night sky!

I do love the rush all this new information brings.  It’s like being a first year undergraduate – swollen with all this knowledge. I feel quite young again.

At this time of year the nights are clear so I am going to wrap up and put theory into practise.

Moon cakes* and Sunshine September 21, 2012

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Every day my alarm goes off at 6.30. This week it’s been a struggle to get up as it no longer light at this time.

What does this mean? The autumnal equinox is tomorrow (14:49 Universal Time). It’s officially the first day of fall.

The website EarthSky.org gives this explanation

Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees, Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly.  We have an equinox twice a year – spring and fall – when the tilt of the Earth’s axis and Earth’s orbit around the sun combine in such a way that the axis is inclined neither away from nor toward the sun. 

Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the sun’s rays equally now.  Night and day are approximately equal in length.  The name ‘equinox’ comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).

As the leaves change colour and the final days of harvest draw near. I hope you enjoy the delights of this season.

*In China during the equinox, moon cakes are shared hence the title.

The Young Tender Tween September 17, 2012

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I adapted this post from one of my journal entries

Sometimes I wonder about my age

Being in my mid twenties I am often told “You’re still young”, but is that true?

  • I’m too old to start ballet
  • Too old to become a talented Julliard Musician
  • Too old to speak Swedish with all the right sound (This I have tried!?!)
  • Too old to become a Star tennis player

Where are the influential people who began their journey to greatness at 25 years old?

Issac Newton began working on his ideas of gravity and calculus at the age of 22. In 1668 the Science community began to take note of his work. He was 25 years old.

Many well-known Scientists made discoveries or created inventions around this times in their lives. Einstein, Faraday, the Curie’s. My life may not be what I expected but I am in good company.

Do know others who can be added to this list? It’s not restricted to Scientists

The Science of Girl’s things June 28, 2012

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A few years ago I put together a series of lesson to looking at careers in Science. At the time I found several resources that I adapted to suit my students and the time allocated. Earlier today I saw the video for the EU campaign . I thought that video would have been a great discussion tool and was surprised by the outrage this video sparked.

Maybe I’m missing something obvious but I believe this gives a basic and clear message. Science isn’t something obscure and out of reach.