SCIENCE

 
The BBC Planet Earth people have posted hours of amazing footage and sounds of nature on youtube.

Periodic Table: Elements Symbols Game
BBC Nature and wildlife clips
Slowing down light beams with super slomo cameras
The science of candyfloss
What is Earthshine?
The largest ships sailing the oceans-400m long
That dinosuar-killing asteroid 65m years ago
The solar system with the sun at the centre, moving through space
Sound waves are real things
Pop a balloon with an orangeHow do thunderstorms form?

The wolves in Yellowstone Park. youtube
How does water go down the sink at the equator?
Chemical reactions- don’t try these at home without adult supervision!!
Mt. Etna webcam
Teenage wildlife photographer
The International Space Station is one of the most expensive things ever built.
You can track its orbit here. Live video stream
ISS Capt. Chris Hadfield whose photos like this one of clouds over the Sahara have fascinated the world. Photo Gallery here. Youtube documentary on Chris.
Photos of Ireland here. More photos. He has also entertained us with his singing(YT).
14.05.2013 Chris has now returned to earth at the end of his five month mission.Here he speaks about returning to earth and his body readjusting to life at 1G(gravity).
Kingfisher-can be spotted in Bushy Park if you’re sharp-eyed.
Human Evolution

Equinox Sept and March
How wolves evolved into dogs
The richest wetlands in the world
Chromeweblab: Experiment with bots
Planet with four suns
Polar Bear looking for lunch!!

How Tibbles the cat wiped out an entire species of bird.

Spider and Wasp Fossil

What you are seeing here is a small piece of natural history frozen in time. During the early Cretaceous period (between 97 and 100 million years ago), a juvenile orb-weaving spider (Geratonephila burmanica) was on its way down to a parasitic wasp (Cascoscelio incassus) that had been caught in its web. The wasp belonged to a group that are now known to parasitize spider eggs, so perhaps this wasp became trapped while searching for eggs.

Just as the spider walked up to the wasp, tree resin flowed down and engulfed both the predator and its prey, trapping them in exactly the moment before the spider began its meal. This is the first time such an attack has been preserved in amber, and it gives us a rare glimpse into the ecology of dinosaur-era insects.

What makes this fossil even more amazing is the presence of the web itself trapped in the amber, as well as a second adult male spider of the same species in the same web. This makes this the oldest evidence of social behaviour in spiders, who normally prefer to live alone. Today, male social orb-weaving spiders tend to live on female-constructed webs, where they help capture prey and maintain the web.

Sources:

www.wired.com
www.sciencedaily.com

Image credit: Oregon State University

The leaf cycle:

 

During the spring and summer leaves serve as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. The process, known as photosynthesis; takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green colour. Along with the green pigment are yellow to orange pigments; carotenes and xanthophyll, however most of the year these colours are masked by great amounts of chlorophyll.

In autumn, because of the changes in daylight hours and changes in temperature the leaves stop photosynthesising and hence the chlorophyll breaks down. The green colour disappears, and the yellow and orange colours become visible. At the same time other chemical changes may occur, which form additional colours through the development of red anthocyanin pigments.

Eventually the tree sheds the leaves to save nutrients and prevent loss of water, the leaves then rot and return to the soil as organic matter.
Nature Photography Prizewinners

Fourth Class Gardening Project Jan.-Sep.2012
Ms Maher´s class (with some help from Mr. Ring´s) started the gardening project back in January with the construction of two raised beds. After lots of hard work and plenty of summer rainfall a bumper crop of vegetables (carrots, potatoes and lettuce) has been produced and consumed!! Click here for the photo gallery
Sit up straight? Maybe not
Why scientists will never be able to predict earthquakes
Reindeer in danger

Reindeer body clock?
Live Google Maps

scienceonstage.ie
Atmosphere and Climate
BBC Blog on Atmosphere
How to grow lettuce
Insect view of flowers

Optical Illusions(Rubber Hand)
Scroll down into the ocean depths
Check out the Future
Zoom in and out on the Universe

More Here

African wildlife
How to make slime
mix cornflour and water in a big bowl, then add washing soda. You can add colouring if you want. Mix it all together and you’ve got gooey, oozy, slime!



Cool summer weather
Not here

High Def Wildlife Clips

Discovery Channel Clips
Bald eagle nest in USA 2017
BBC Springwatch Cameras
BBC Nature(now with great video)


Click above to watch eight different nests in Holland.
Click here to watch an osprey’s nest in Scotland. Info here.
Owls in the USA
Storks near Munich
Flycatchers in California
Falcons in Rome

Astronomy: Explore the Solar System

Weather
Europe

Satellite Pic Europe (Sat24.com)

WorldTemperature

World High Temperatures

 

The Science of the Tsunami

Bushy Park Native Tree Trail

Great Science website

National Geographic and Discovery Channel Video Clips


Polar bears and BBC spycams

Click above to see the bears wrecking the cameras!!


A New York Park year long timelapse