The Dr Sergis Academy

We are a professional Science, Maths and English educational centre based in Enfield, North London.

Operating as usual

07/12/2023

****Bug of the Week****
Aporia crataegi, the black-veined white, is a large butterfly of the family Pieridae. Its range extends from northwest Africa in the west to Transcaucasia and across the Palearctic to Siberia and Japan in the east. In the south, it is found in Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon and Syria.

Credit: Wikipedia

05/12/2023

The Dr Sergis Academy will be closed tomorrow due to to a family matter. We will be open as normal on Thursday (7th). Apologies.

05/12/2023

****Mineral of the Week****
Alacránite is an arsenic sulphide mineral first discovered in the Uzon caldera, Kamchatka, Russia. It was named for its occurrence in the Alacrán silver/arsenic/antimony mine. Pampa Larga, Chile. This mineral if found as orange to pale grey crystals that are transparent to translucent. It has a yellow-orange streak with a hardness of 1.5.

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30/11/2023

****Mineral of the Week****
The violet dropwing, also known as the purple-blushed darter (Trithemis annulata) is a species of dropwing found in most of Africa, the Middle East, in the Arabian Peninsula and southern Europe. They are found near water and in marshlands.

Credit: https://pictureinsect.com/wiki/Trithemis_annulata.html

28/11/2023

****Mineral of the Week****
Bystrite is a silicate mineral and a member of the cancrinite mineral group. It is thought to have been named after the Malaya Bystraya deposits in Russia, where it was found. The mineral is not widespread, or perhaps it has not been really searched for as it has no real uses or significance. There is only one bystrite deposit that has been mentioned in literature, and that deposit is found in the Malaya Bystraya lazurite deposit located 25 km (16 mi) to the west of Slyudyanka, and just south of Lake Baikal in Russia.

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23/11/2023

****Bug of the Week****
The prairie sphinx moth or Wiest's primrose sphinx (Euproserpinus wiesti) is a species of moth in the family Sphingidae. It is found from north-eastern California through central Nevada and most of Utah to north-eastern Arizona and northern three-quarters of New Mexico and most of Colorado, and further eastward into extreme western portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The habitat consists of sand washes and prairie blow-outs. This moth is critically endangered.

Credit: Wikipedia

22/11/2023

****Animal Fact****
Garfish (Belone belone) have green bones. This is due to the presence of biliverdin, a green compound found in bile.

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21/11/2023

****Mineral of the Week****
Astrophyllite is a very rare, brown to golden-yellow hydrous potassium iron titanium silicate mineral and is found in cavities and fissures in unusual felsic igneous rocks. Heavy, soft and fragile, astrophyllite typically forms as bladed, radiating stellate aggregates. It is this crystal habit that gives astrophyllite its name, from the Greek words astron meaning "star" and phyllon meaning "leaf". It was first discovered in 1854 at its type locality; Laven Island, Norway. Astrophyllite is found in a few scarce, remote localities: Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada; Pikes Peak, Colorado, US; Narsarsuk and Kangerdluarsuk, Greenland; Brevig, Norway; and the Kola Peninsula, Russia.

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Photos from The Dr Sergis Academy's post 18/11/2023

The Earth up Close…🧡

Some images using the Academy microscope:

Images 1 and 2 show the spherical forms of a dried star fish

Image 3 shows a part of the hairy abdomen and legs of a spider 🕷️complete with dust particles

17/11/2023

****Molecule of the Week****
Relieving my strain might contribute to sustainable energy sources.

What molecule am I?

Find out here: https://www.acs.org/

Photos from The Dr Sergis Academy's post 17/11/2023

Celebrating Pudsey Day 2023! The day is a BBC fundraising event to help raise money for children in need. Find out more about the day here: www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk

16/11/2023

****Bug of the Week****
Chrysocoris stollii is a polyphagous species of jewel bugs (Scutelleridae) common in continental Southeast Asia. These insects feed on plant juices from a variety of different species, including some commercial crops such as Pigeon pea, Pongamia, Arecanut, Jatropha etc.

Credit: Wikipedia

15/11/2023

****Animal Fact****
Octopuses (Octopus vulgaris) can taste with their arms. They have more neurons in their arms than in their central brain: a structure that allows each arm to function independently as if it has its own brain. Researchers have known for a while that the hundreds of suckers on each arm can both feel the environment and taste it.

Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-01010-3 #:~:text=Octopuses%2C%20for%20instance%2C%20have%20more,environment%20and%20taste%20it4

14/11/2023

****Mineral of the Week****
Ulexite is a hydrated sodium calcium borate hydroxide mineral. It is sometimes known as TV rock or television stone due to its unusual optical characteristics. It occurs in silky white rounded crystalline masses or in parallel fibres. Ulexite was named for the German chemist Georg Ludwig Ulex (1811–1883) who first discovered it. This mineral is found principally in California and Nevada, US; Tarapacá Region in Chile, and Kazakhstan.

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10/11/2023

****Molecule of the Week****
I’m this month’s birthstone.

What molecule am I?

Find out here: https://www.acs.org/

09/11/2023

****Bug of the Week****
Tricondyla gounellei is a species of tiger beetle found in the forests of southern India and Sri Lanka. It hunts mainly on tree trunks.

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07/11/2023

****Mineral of the Week****
Fougèrite is a relatively recently described naturally occurring green rust mineral. Fougèrite was first found in forested soils near Fougères, Brittany, France, and recognised as a valid mineral species by the International Mineralogical Association in 2002. It is blue-green to bluish-grey in colour.

Credit: Wikipedia

03/11/2023

****Molecule of the Week****
I’m present in a symbol of Halloween.

What molecule am I?

Find out here: https://www.acs.org/

Photos from The Dr Sergis Academy's post 02/11/2023

Photos from The Dr Sergis Academy's post 02/11/2023

The Dr Sergis Academy had a great time at the annual Lab Innovations this year! We met with lots of different vendors offering the best up-to-date equipment for our laboratory including weighing balances and glassware! 🧡🧪🌡️

31/10/2023

Happy Halloween! 🧡🎃

31/10/2023

🎃Mineral of the Week🎃
Chapmanite is a rare silicate mineral belonging to the nesosilicate group, discovered in 1924, and named in honour of Edward John Chapman (1821–1904), a geology professor at the University of Toronto. It takes the form of a powdery, yellow-green, semi-transparent solid, and leaves a streak of the same colour. It was recently rediscovered in the southern hemisphere at the abandoned Argent lead mine in Bushveld series rocks of South Africa.

Credit: Wikipedia

31/10/2023

The Dr Sergis Academy will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday 1st November) due to staff event. Open as normal on Thursday.

27/10/2023

****Molecule of the Week****
After learning about me, you might not order cioppino.

What molecule am I?

Find out here: https://www.acs.org/

26/10/2023

****Bug of the Week****
Canthon angustatus is a species of tumblebug. It occurs across North, Central, and South America, from Mexico to Peru. The species was originally described by Edgar von Harold in 1867.

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24/10/2023

****Mineral of the Week****
Zellerite is a white yellow to lemon yellow uranium mineral, named after its discoverer, geologist Howard Davis Zeller. It has a type locality of the Lucky MC uranium mine in Wyoming, USA. This rare mineral forms in the weathering zone as an oxidation product of uraninite-coffinite, in the presence of an oxidizing pyrite, where the pH is greater than 7 and the partial pressure of carbon dioxide is greater than the atmosphere's.

Credit: Wikipedia

20/10/2023

****Molecule of the Week****
I’m one of your body’s safeguards.

What molecule am I?

Find out here: https://www.acs.org/

19/10/2023

****Bug Fact****
The design (series of bumps and folds) of soft tissue in the neck of a field ant (Formica spp.) helps it carry heavy loads and in some cases, the neck joint can withstand 5,000 times its weight and this may vary, depending on the type of object being carried. (Nguyen et al. 2014).

Source: https://www.terminix.com/blog/education/amazing-insect-facts/

18/10/2023

****Animal Fact****
The familiar ‘twit-twoo’ sound of the tawny owl (Strix aluco) comes from a male and female pair. The female’s main call is the ‘twit’ or ‘kewick’ sound, while the male’s reply is the loud ‘twoo’ or hooting sound.

Credit: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/amazing-animal-facts-for-kids

Photos from The Dr Sergis Academy's post 17/10/2023

Open Day 2023 🧡

Photos from The Dr Sergis Academy's post 17/10/2023

Thank you to everyone who attended our 10 year anniversary Open Day on Saturday! We had so much fun! Especially with all the experiments we did! The Academy began teaching at our centre in Enfield in 2013! Here’s to ten more years! A big thank you to Mayor Suna Hurman for visiting the Academy, it was a real pleasure to welcome you! 🧡

17/10/2023

****Mineral of the Week****
Freieslebenite is a sulfosalt mineral composed of antimony, lead, and silver. The general colours for freieslebenite are grey, silver and white. It was discovered in approximately 1773 in the Himmelsfurst mines of Freiberg, Saxony, Germany. The mineral was initially called Schilf-Glaserz; however, in 1845 it was given the current name Freieslebenite after the Mining Commissioner of Saxony, Johann Carl Freiesleben (1774–1846).

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