October 3, 2012
Are You Addicted To The Internet – The Daily Orbit
Are you suffering from IAD? We’ll tell you what that is!
Could a cloned cow curb allergic reactions to milk?
And we’ll have you seeing double on today’s Daily Orbit!
Hello I’m Emerald Robinson….welcome to the Daily Orbit!
Have you or someone you know been experiencing preoccupation with internet or internet gaming? You may suffer from a mental disorder known as Internet Addiction. Don’t start panicking and call your psychotherapist yet!! While it may be difficult for you to log off of Facebook, those who suffer from true Internet addiction have even stronger feelings of depression and moodiness. Symptoms include an obsession with the Internet or internet gaming, withdrawal, tolerance or a need for more and more internet, unsuccessful attempts to quit, and using the Internet as an escape. Research found that people with internet addictions have actual changes in their brains similar to drug addicts. Although now classified as a real disorder, researchers say they still have much to learn about treating the addiction. So if you do suffer from internet addition, there is hope.
And here’s a worthy cause that I feel very strongly about and give my full support. New research is looking to sea urchins for the fountain of youth. A study looked at the genes of echinoderms, such as sea urchins and cucumbers, because they are able to change the elasticity of collagen within their bodies. Scientists found the genes for peptides, which are released by cells and then tell other cells in the body what to do. The peptides in the body wall of these sea creatures quickly stiffen or soften. By understanding this capability, scientists say new ways to keep skin looking young and healthy could be developed. Listen, If you need more money for your research just call me.
And I know it seems like we are constantly bringing you bad news on emissions effects. Well here’s another one! A study by a European research team warns that greenhouse gas emissions will cause an irreversible rise in the sea level over the next several millennia. Using thermo-mechanical models and a global glacial melt algorithm, researchers looked at five different scenarios, and now predict rises between 3.6 to 23 feet. Researchers say this is the first study to include glaciers, ice caps, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and thermal expansion into sea level projections.
The sea level may be a risin’ but the coral in the Great Barrier Reef is headed in the opposite direction. A new study shows that the Reef has lost more than half its coral cover in the last 27 years due to storm damage, crown of thorns starfish, and bleaching. Without intervention, the coral cover could halve again by 2022. Scientists say that they can’t stop the storms but they can reduce the impact of the crown-of-thorns starfish, allowing slow recovery. Addition to the bucket list: scuba diving in the Great Barrier reef while it’s still there.
Another cloned cow is building the case for cloning. Researchers in New Zealand have created a genetically modified cow, named Daisy, whose milk may not cause allergic reactions. Scientists were specifically looking to engineer a cloned cow whose milk contains mere traces of beta-lactoglobulin, or BLG, a whey protein that triggers an allergy in 2%-3% of infants. Another cloning story! Maybe that means they’re one step closer to cloning me!
And that’s all for today’s Daily Orbit…see you tomorrow!