I can’t believe that January is over already, 2016 is well underway. Here are just a few stories that made the science headlines this month:
- Planet Nine is a hot topic this month… NASA remains cautious and sceptical but others are very excited and on high alert. Some are even predicting if we could live there.
Image source: Wiki Commons
- And for some really BIG news, the biggest dinosaur fossil ever found, a Titanosaur, was unveiled at the American Museum of National History. For many of us not lucky enough to be able to attend in person, we got to see this spectacular species through our tv screens, documented by the wonderful Sir David Attenborough.
- For the first time in 11 years, five planets have aligned in the morning skies: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn; Visible to the naked eye under the right conditions.
- The preying mantis got some funky 3D glasses and its own cinema, all in the name of science.
- British astronaut, Tim Peake made history as he became the first UK representative to perform a space walk. He even tweeted a space walk selfie.
I wonder what stories will unfold in February. Do you have any favourite science
Dr. Simple is back answering some more great questions; this one came in from five-year-old Cathal, who can sometimes be found over at the lovely blog Bumbles of Rice.
Cathal wants to know…
Why do we burp?
And here is what Dr. Simple has to say
There is no denying that I find the science of sound fascinating. You can find a number of posts on it on this blog; And usually in October, if you called to my house
We have had a lot of fun with this little Christmas science experiment. It is so simple, it is definitely worth a try if you have a few minutes to spare and want to give the kids a good laugh.
Here is what you will need:
- A small jar, or similar, decorated as a snowman. We covered ours in modeling clay and painted it but you could get the kids to paint a jar or decorate it as they wish. (The jar I used here is 100ml volume but you can alter the size.)
- Some water (I used 40mls)
- Washing up liquid (I added about a tablespoon)
- Baking soda (also know as bread soda or sodium bicarbonate, but NOT baking powder… they are quite different)
- A teaspoon.
- Something to stir with
- White malt vinegar (I used 40mls)
Here is what you do:
- First add the water and then the washing up liquid.
- Next add a heaped teaspoon of baking soda.
- Give it a good stir.
- Add all the vinegar, quickly, stand back and watch’s the poor snowman’s brains explode… that’s got to hurt!
- And once your poor snowman has recovered, you can give him a quick rinse and do it all over again!
The Science bit:
I don’t know what meal times are like in other homes, but in ours they tend to be chaotic and unpredictable. Take a simple breakfast last week as an example. Nothing too fancy… there was literally only cereal on offer. But cereal boxes can be great
Things have been a little crazy around here of late, so we are happy to embrace the darker colder days, a roaring fire and, of course, some Netflix. Want to know what we have been watching? Well, here is what the adults have been enjoying, and next
We woke this morning to find the science equipment had been raided…. by a group of dinosaurs! They were caught red handed… reading the science books (and checking out interesting facts about their relatives), rummaging through the equipment
The Hallowe’en break has finally arrived! If you are looking for activities to keep your family entertained here is something sure to please …. Hallowe’en and science combined into one, fun quiz!
Use it to challenge, entertain or inspire
Filming of the Is Eolaí Mé series is well under way… and it looks amazing! I got to see the finished set for the first time last Monday morning, and it was even better than I imagined. Peadar, the presenter, has been working
It has been a while, but Dr. Simple is back… with some more science in 30 seconds… this time he answers the question…
“How do birds and aeroplanes fly?