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Space Elevator Will Take You Higher – The Daily Orbit – redOrbit

August 29, 2012

– Which floor? Oh the moon please?  Yep it might just happen in the future.

– Do women have a happiness gene?

– And yet another message from Mars.

– Lots of space, a little happiness, and a lot more in today’s Daily Orbit!

Hi I’m Emerald Robinson. Welcome to the Daily Orbit.

The team at LiftPort Group says they can build a cable driven lift – or space elevator – using robots and nano-tubes. A recent crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter has re-launched their dream which started in 2003. Lain says that the technology to build a lift from the moon is readily available and could be accomplished in under eight years.  A rocket would be launched from Earth to shuttle passengers and cargo to the end of a flowing ribbon where a robot will carry the payload down the flowing ribbon to the lunar surface.  I feel like Will Smith should be somewhere in this picture…..

Nothing makes a woman happier than some great jeans….oh no, i mean genes…g-e-n-e-s. A new study from the University of South Florida, NIH, Columbia University, and New York Psychiatric Institute has found a gene that appears to make women happy, yet doesn’t have the same effect on men.  Have they not heard of boyfriend jeans that are a great fit for both?  The study finds that the low-expression form of the gene monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) is associated with higher self-reported happiness in women.   The gene allows greater amounts of neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine, to stay in the brain and boost mood.  Scientist say this finding may help explain the gender differences. I feel happy already.

Well, here’s a shocker, adolescent marijuana use affects brain development.  Researchers recently found the persistent use of marijuana before the age of 18 has a lasting affect on an individual’s attentions span and memory.  The study conducted over a 40 year period found that those who began smoking as children and continued consistent use for years afterward, had an average drop of 8 points in IQ between the ages of 13 and 38.  Participants who didn’t start using marijuana till after adulthood did not show the same mental decline.  Researchers believe that quitting after childhood use of the drug does not reverse the effect.

Annyywaayy….continuing with science news.  First it was Charles Bolden, now it’s Will-I-Am! Yesterday, Curiosity sent back another first to Earth.   Musician Will.I.Am’s song “Reach for the Stars” was played at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tuesday afternoon after being beamed back from the Red Planet.  (soungbyte of the song) Aww…look they look so happy dancing!  The song, the first ever to be heard from another planet, was written especially for the inaugural even by Will.I.Am.  Maybe Will.I.Am could do the first space concert on the moon when the space elevator is finished, right?

Will.I.Am. in space….now astronauts in caves?  What’s the world coming to?  An international crew of astronauts will be searching for life, not in space, but here in the dark caves of Earth.  The Cooperative Adventure or Valuing and Exercising human behavior and performance Skills (big breath) or CAVES for short will be training astronauts to explore uncharted areas of our own planet by using space procedures. The “Cavenauts” , as they have been nicknamed, will be spelunking caves on Sardinia Island in Italy in search of new life forms and testing new equipment.  Spelunking….ha…I just like saying that word.

That’s if for the Daily Orbit and remember…”Just like NASA I’m a space masta”.



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emerald robinson

Emerald Robinson is the host of the Daily Orbit, Red Orbit's daily video news program. Known for her Southern charm and a quick wit, Emerald made her television debut on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless. Since then she has appeared in many feature films and TV programs, including a tour as host of Auto Trader New Car Review for WheelsTV.

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