January 29, 2013
Bigfoot News Screaming Onto The Scene Once More – The Daily Orbit
What fire is PepsiCo putting out?
What little creature made its way into space this week?
And silencing Sasquatch. Why is he being so noisy?
All that and more coming up on the Daily Orbit.
Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit. I’m Emerald Robinson.
Fire! Where’s the Gatorade? Whew! That was close. PepsiCo Inc. has just announced that they will discontinue the use of the controversial ingredient brominated vegetable oil or BVO in its sports drink Gatorade. BVO contains bromine, which is commonly found in…wait for it—fire retardants! Small quantities of the substance can be legally used in certain citrus-flavored beverages as an emulsifier to keep the flavor evenly distributed. The company said it has been testing potential replacements for BVO for about a year, but it was the Change.org petition of a 15-year-old Mississippi girl that garnered 200,000 signatures which prompted the announcement.
Not too long ago we brought you news of Iran’s plan to send a monkey into space. Well guess what folks—there is a now really such a thing as a space monkey. The country successfully launched a monkey into space this week, on the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, paving the way for future manned missions to space. The Iranian officials assured the press that the monkey is safe and sound. Poor little monkey, I bet he had no idea what was going on!
]Sasquatch audio] What was that? Sasquatch you say? Well that’s what some are saying on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest where one local resident recorded this audio–which he says is proof that Bigfoot does exists. They say the sounds have been emanating from the woods since at least November and range from high-pitched cries to deep-bodied roars. But not everyone’s a believer; some say the sounds are more likely foxes or a female coyote. We’ll let you be the judge. Can someone get that Sasquatch to shut up? We’re trying to do a show here!
You know how your Grandma will tell you the same story over and over and over. Well mine does anyway. Turns out she probably can’t remember she told you that story due to a lack of sleep. New research says that a lack of sleep could play a vital role in the memory loss of some older men and women. When we sleep, brain waves generated during slow-wave sleep help move memories from the short-term storage area that is the hippocampus to a more permanent home in the prefrontal cortex. Because of poor sleep quality in older adults due to deterioration of the prefrontal region that generates deep sleep, these memories can’t make the transfer– meaning they stay in the hippocampus where there are deleted for more short term memories. They say that this research will help develop new treatment methods for memory loss in the elderly. So when your Grandma tells you that same story for the 18th time, just smile and act interested. That’s what I do.
Why is spider silk so tough? Ugh! That’s what a team from Arizona State University is trying to find out. Spider silk is five times as strong as piano wire and according to engineers is one of the toughest materials known. The team is studying the molecular structure so they can produce bio-inspired materials ranging from bulletproof vests to artificial tendons. They say the information they are obtaining from their studies should help the “engineering of synthetic fibers to create stronger, stretchier, and more elastic materials.”
And that’s all for today’s Daily Orbit. Can somebody please help me get this off my hands?