September 18, 2012

Old Cellphone? Drop It In This Machine And Get Paid – The Daily Orbit

Don’t toss that broken cell phone, trade it in for some cold hard cash!

We’ve got yet another reason for you to smile!

And it just keeps getting hotter and hotter!

All that and more on today’s Daily Orbit!

Hello, I’m Emerald Robinson welcome to the Daily Orbit!

Now, eat your “X-ray vision carrots” and “tiny tasty tree tops” young man!  Also known as carrots and broccoli.  A new study says that giving regular old vegetables interesting names makes them more enticing for kids!  Researchers gave veggies snazzy names on a school menu like “x-ray vision” carrots, “power punch broccoli” and “silly dilly green beans.” They found that more kids chose to purchase these healthy options when they had fun new names.  Vegetable sales went up 99% in the school with jazzed up names, and decreased 16% in the school with traditional names.  Researchers say that alternative naming for food works on big kids like us too.

And if you’re someone who has poor enamel, you’ll soon have a new reason to flash your pearly whites!  Researchers from Japan have successfully manufactured an artificial tooth enamel that can be applied over existing teeth– preventing decay, strengthening sensitive teeth, and even making them appear whiter.  Created from hydroxyapatite, which is the main mineral in tooth enamel, this flexible sheet becomes invisible once applied to the tooth surface.  Researchers say it could be used cosmetically within three years. I’m smiling already at the thought of it!

Ugh, doesn’t that picture just make you cringe (pic of snake in over the shoulder). A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen is working to develop a new snake-bite antidote.  Studying native plants in Africa, they plan to develop natural, locally available options to treat bites. Experts say 100,000 people die each year from snakebites.  In Africa alone, one million people suffer venomous bites, but  only half receive treatment, as they are often in remote areas with limited access to help. Researchers plan to provide guidance on the use of plants in those areas where the local people have limited access to western medicine.

“It’s getting hot in here so…” I’m not going to finish that!  As we bid adieu to summer, it’s almost a relief because it’s been a hot one!  As a matter of fact, the 3rd hottest on record!    August 2012 was the 330th consecutive month in which temperatures worldwide were above the 20th century average– up an average of 1.1 degrees. 8 million acres went ablaze in the US alone, and the Antarctic sea ice melted to a record breaking low extent.   I don’t know about you but with such an extreme summer, I am bracing myself for an intense winter!

Do you have a box this full of crappy old cell phones and mp3 players that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away?  Well, get ready to trade in that broken phone for some mullah! The new “ecoATM” kiosk can determine the value of various consumer electronic products and distribute cash or credit for the trade.  EcoATM finds second homes for 3/4 of the devices it collects and sends the remainder to responsible recycling avenues. Buyers for the devices bid in advance for the 4,000 different models the kiosk collects. The company plans to have over 300 kiosks installed in stores across the country by the end of 2012.

I’m all for getting some green for going green :) Mama’s gonna get some new shoes!

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