September 24, 2012

Teen Distracted Driving Can Sometimes Be Blamed On Parents – The Daily Orbit

What are Mom and Dad’s driving don’t’s?

Are you a “back-covering emu” or a “caterwauling peacock?”

And “here come the men in “white”, they won’t let you remember!

All that and more on today’s daily orbit!

Hi, I’m Emerald Robinson, welcome to the Daily Orbit.  Here’s a good example of do what I say, not as I do.  A new study says that Mom and Dad may be to blame for distracted teen driving habits.  1,700 teens admitted to engaging in dangerous activities while driving…and more than half of those teenage drivers said that they had observed their parents exhibiting similar behaviors.  The most frequently performed distraction? Talking on a cell phone while driving.  Texting while driving came in a close second followed by not wearing your seatbelt. Driving lessons I learned from my mother?  How to put on mascara, eat a sandwich and talk on the phone as I drive.

What type of bird are you when it comes to checking your email? Are you are an “echoing mynah” who replies to every email with “sure”, “thanks” or “my pleasure”, or are you a mean old “boorish parrot’” who sends abusive emails? Hmm? Researchers in Scotland are likening email habits to bird-like behavior.  The team decided to study the way people check, read, and respond to emails, then place people in 15 bird-like categories. The Robin was associated with perfect email manners.  “Robins”  do not allow email to dictate their lives, and they make time to speak to people in person whenever they can.  Let’s see….. I would be a “Compulsive Woodpecker” because I have to check my email every minute of the day.

I keep telling everyone that chocolate cravings are natural.  A new study revealed that the production of a natural chemical in the brain similar to opium causes chocolate cravings.   This chemical, enkephalin, increases the desire and impulse to eat chocolate. Researchers say these findings suggest that the brain has more extensive systems to make individuals want to over consume rewards than previously thought.  They also say this may be a reason why overconsumption is such a problem today.  Researchers plan to look at how the brain controls temptations from eating fast food. Maybe next they can look at what part of the brain causes a Starbucks addiction?

Want to get rid of a fearful memory?  Then just “fah-get about it.”   Researchers have found that emotional memories can be erased shortly after they are formed with behavioral intervention.  A lasting memory is created by the process of consolidation, which is based on the formation of proteins.  The memory becomes unstable for a short time, and then is re-stabilized by a process called “re-consolidation.”  By disrupting the re-consolidation process, scientists say they can affect the content of the memory.  They say this research will help victims of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Looks like the Men In Black were just a little ahead of their time with the Naturalizer.

Wouldn’t it be great if your feet could always lead you in the right direction? A British artist, Dominic Wilcox, is working on just that!  Wilcox developed a pair of prototype GPS leather shoes.  The shoes feature a GPS in the hollow left heal, and communicate wirelessly through an antenna built into a tab at the back of the heel.  And like Dorothy, the wearer simply clicks their heels together to activate the navigation. Then a wheel of LED lights in the front left toe points you in the direction you should go. When you reach your destination, the right toe turns green.  The shoes can be programmed through a USB connection to a computer with custom mapping software.  You pick a destination, load it into the shoes, and follow your toes!

That’s all for today’s Daily Orbit!

There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…(navigation voice over) “Turn right onto Walker Rd….”

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