Category Archives: Science

The Journey Begins

On this day in 1965, the Ranger 8 Probe was launched to photograph the landing site for the up and coming Apollo Missions- these took place in 1969.

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A light bulb moment

On this day in 1847, inventor Thomas Edison was born. Inventor Thomas Edison created such great innovations as the practical incandescent electric light bulb and the phonograph. A savvy businessman, he held more than 1,000 patents for his inventions.

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That’s one huge nugget!

On this day in 1869, the World’s largest gold nugget was discovered by John Deason and Richard Oates. The largest gold nugget ever found was called the “Welcome Stranger” weighing in at 2316 troy ounces (72.04 kg). It was found by John … Continue reading

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A jewel amongst the rocks

On this day in 1905, the World’s largest diamond was discovered in South Africa. The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g), discovered at the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan, South Africa, on 26 January 1905. It was named after Thomas Cullinan, … Continue reading

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Let there be light!

On this day in 1883, the first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

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Brain Station Day 2

Well after finding out that their brain is an AMAZING organ and has so many functions, the Healthy Minds Team are back for their second visit to Red Lane. Post your comments and questions below.

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How big is your brain?

How big is your brain? Have you got a healthy brain? Is your brain bigger than everyone else’s?     Today we will be visited by the Healthy Minds Team to learn about the brain, its functions and how to … Continue reading

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A star’s life ends

On this day in 1742, Edmond Halley died. Edmund Halleys’ reputation mainly rests on his discovery of the orbit of Halley’s Comet, named after him but he was widely involved in a number of scientific endeavors.

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The cosmos grows

On this day in 1610, Galileo Galilei discovered Callisto, the 4th satellite of Jupiter.

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First flight takes off

On this day in 1969, the first trial flight of Concorde took place from Bristol- Concorde’s final flight was on 24th October 2003. Top speed: 2,179 km/h First flight: March 2, 1969 Number built: 20 (inc. 6 non-commercial aircraft) Program cost: £1.3 billion National origin: United … Continue reading

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