November 12, 2012
Toxic Seaweed Cleared From Coral By Fish Soldiers – The Daily Orbit
Calling all gobies! Coral under attack by killer seaweed!
Why you should listen to what your gut is saying…
And what do the flu and meth have in common?
Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit, I’m Emerald Robinson.
Watch out for that killer toxic seaweed! Call the little helper fish! Scientists have found that when toxic seaweed threatens the health of coral, the coral gets help from its fish soldiers, the “gobies”. A team of researchers found evidence that these mutualistic fish respond to “911” chemical signals from the coral in a matter of minutes. These “bodyguard” fish have evolved to pick up the odor released into the water by the coral when toxic alga gets to close to the reef. The gobies trim back the seaweed that could kill the coral if not removed in a timely manner. According to researchers the fish are getting protection and food from the coral, and the coral get a bodyguard in exchange. They said “it’s kind of like paying taxes in exchange for police protection.” Or kinda sounds like “Goodfellas” too.
Ever get that feeling in your gut that you just didn’t listen to, and later on you realized you should have? Yeah, I’ve been there once or twice too. Well a new study says that decisions based upon intuition have surprisingly positive outcomes. In their study, scientists found that when forced to choose between two options based on instinct alone, the participants made the correct decision a shocking 90% of the time! These researchers say that a gut reaction can be trusted to make quality decisions. So I guess when in doubt, go with your gut—it’s now scientifically proven.
Think Google only gives us info? What about vice versa? Turns out allergists are using the search engine to understand allergy trends. Doctors are analyzing Google search data to see where, when, and how allergies are affecting the population as people “search” for allergy symptoms online. They found that the peak week for all allergy symptom searches is the second week of May. Google’s data has been used in the past to estimate flu activity in some 28 countries…and their program, “Correlate,” can be used by anyone to determine search trends. Aaachooo—let’s see what Google has to say about that!
Not long ago we brought you news of the increasing sea ice in Antarctica, happening at the same time as the Artic melts. Now scientists think they might have discovered why this phenomenon is occurring. They say that shifting wind patterns surrounding the southernmost continent have resulted in a slight increase in regional sea ice. The British Antarctic Survey partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to collect data of daily ice motion from four satellites. They say that the changes in regional winds affect ice cover through ice drift and air temperature. As far as the Arctic goes, it’s still in decline. Just FYI.
And this is bizarre—meth could be used to treat the flu? Who would have thought meth would be good for anything but creating addicts and destroying teeth? But a new report says that H1N1-infected lung cells exposed to meth showed “significantly” lower concentrations of the flu virus than those NOT exposed to meth, after just 30 hours. After two days the reduction was even more pronounced. They believe that meth targets the replication stage of the virus suppressing virus production. But don’t get the wrong idea here. Although findings suggest it may fight the flu, scientists are not recommending that people start using meth. It’s not a free pass people.
That’s it for the Daily Orbit! Aaaaa-chooo!-