January 11, 2013
Waste Not Want Not: Report Outlines Growing Food Waste – The Daily Orbit
We’ve got the CES roundup. Yeehaw!
Why you need to think twice before you toss that Twinkie.
And who do you trust? Blue eyes or brown?
All that and more coming up on the Daily Orbit!
Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit. I’m Emerald Robinson.
Let’s do our CES roundup for today! Okay for anyone who might be thinking about what to get me for Christmas next year, here are some good ideas. I love it when art meets science and the Makerbot on display at CES does just that. The 3D printer makes some amazing bronze sculptures — recreations of Head of a Horse of Selene and Portraits of Alexander the Great. Microsoft showed off their new gaming enhancer “IllumiRoom” for Xbox that uses Kinect to project some images onto the walls to help gamers immerse themselves even more into the game. And this one I really need since I don’t have a green thumb! The Parrot Flower Power is a wireless plant sensor that “plugs” into your garden to keep track of the soil and tells you exactly what you need to do to keep it alive! And the next one I just loved the name! Breffo’s Spiderpodium, an 8-legged device of rubber and metal inspired by the spider, holds your cell phone or tablet. It bends to your whim and can even be used as a cell phone dock in your car. But seriously y’all, I will take any of these for my birthday, Christmas, just ‘cause.
And NASA is seeking to understand more about what impact climate change is really having on our planet. The agency has announced plans to send an unmanned, remotely-controlled research vehicle into the upper atmosphere. The Global Hawk aircraft will study moisture and chemical composition in the upper regions of the troposphere, the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere and the point where water vapor, ozone and other gases, which have a large impact on Earth’s climate, enter the stratosphere. NASA says the goal of the mission is to collect data that can help “improve global model predictions.”
How often have we reported on the impending global food shortage problem? Well, you’re not going to believe this! A new report, appropriately named Waste Not Want Not, states that as much as HALF of the world’s food supply (more than 2 billion tons) is wasted each year. The report says that poor storage, strict sell-by guidelines, bulk offers and consumer finickiness is to blame. They said the wasted food “is food that could be used to feed the world’s growing population-as well as those in hunger today.” I’m not a waster, my Mamma taught me to always clean my plate and be thankful that I had food!
And sorry to do this to you but here’s another depressing report, especially for Americans! A new report says that Americans live in poorer health and die at younger ages than people in other developed countries, and researchers say the gap is steadily growing. Researchers are blaming this trend on illness, guns, car accidents, and drug use. America ranked near the bottom in 9 key areas of health: low birth weight, injuries and homicides, teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, drug-related deaths, obesity, heart disease, respiratory illness, and general disability. The report states “Americans are dying and suffering from illness and injury rates that are demonstrably unnecessary” and that “they don’t even really know about this.”
So do you think you can trust me? Maybe you don’t. According to a study, my blue eyes might make you question whether you trust me or not. The study attempted to answer the question, what makes us think a person’s face looks trustworthy? They found that brown eyed people are perceived as more trustworthy than blue eyed people. But researchers don’t think it has anything to do with eye color. While more research is needed, they believe certain facial features that are common with brown eyes – larger mouth, broader chin, bigger nose – may be behind the phenomenon. This makes me think of Van Morrison… “oh la, la my brown eyed girl…”
And that’s all for today’s Daily Orbit. Sha la la la la la la la ti da