August 28, 2012

Mars Rover Sends Back Message From Charles Bolden – The Daily Orbit – redOrbit

— Voices from Mars…? Who’s sending Martian messages to Earth

— Venezuelan Poodle Moth: is it Real or Photoshop Magic?

— And be careful little brain what you think…..your thoughts may no longer be secret…..

— All this and more in today’s Daily Orbit.

Hi, I’m Emerald Robinson. Welcome to the Daily Orbit.

Messages received from Mars….is it Martians?  No, it’s NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.  NASA announced in a press conference yesterday that Curiousity successfully sent back a prerecorded message by Bolden, marking the first time in history a human voice has been heard from Mars. (message here) Since landing on Mars on August 5, Curiosity has sent over seven gigabytes of data back to Earth with detailed images of its surroundings and even an idea of what Mars smells like!  Bolden’s closed his Martian message with inspiration for forging into the future. (Soundbyte Bolden)  And Red Orbit will definitely have the scoop for you when that happens!

Lochness……bigfoot……now a poodle moth?  With its white fluffy hair, bulging black eyes, and alien looking antennas, there are many sceptics of the picture of the Venezuelan poodle moth which surfaced last week.  But alas it’s not Photoshop but fact!  Zoologist and science writer Dr. Karl Shiker verified the picture Dr. Arthur Anker at the Gran Sabana National Park in Venezuela for his blog ShukerNature.  Does it remind anyone else of a Gremlin?

If you’re one of those people who like to eat steak for dinner and steak for dessert you might be in for a rude diet awakening.  Leading scientists say that the world’s population may have to switch over to a vegetarian diet within the next 40 years due to a global food supply shortage.  OXFAM, an organization that finds solutions to poverty, and the U.N. are preparing for a possible second global food crisis as soon as five years from now. Today, the average human diet gets 20% of its protein from meat.  That number will need to drop to 5% to account for the additional 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050. … and the larger amount of water required to produce a diet based on animal protein. Raising animals for a meat-based diet consumes 5 to 10 times more water than a vegetarian diet.  Wow….that’s scary!

And it’s more bad news for arctic sea ice.  On a downward slope since 2007, the arctic sea ice extent has dipped to a record low since satellites first began measuring in 1979.  The arctic sea ice extent refers to the measurement of the area of the Arctic Ocean that contains at least some sea ice.  On August 26, the Arctic sea ice extent fell to 1.58 million square miles.  This is 27,000 square miles below the previous record low set in 2007. Most scientists believe that this continued decline is tied to global warming caused by increases in human-generated greenhouse gases.  Further decline is expected by scientists as the melting season typically continues further into September.

Ever heard the phrase be careful little ears what you hear?  How about be careful what you think?  Researchers form the University of California and the University of Oxford in Geneva have found a way to “hack” into the human brain. Don’t’ worry scientists can’t read your every thought…yet!  Researchers used readily available and affordable advice called an Emotiv EPOC to retrieve bank information, PINs, and sensitive data from subject’s brains.  During their research, scientists measured the P300 waves in the brain which spike after the brain sees a familiar person, place, or thing.  Results showed scientists were able to obtain a subject’s PIN 60% of the time and at least the first number of the PIN 40% of the time.  Researchers believe that this technique has potential in interrogation of criminals. But isn’t kind of criminal to be stealing someone else’s thoughts…..? Hmmm….

So eat your veggies and don’t think bad thoughts. See you tomorrow!

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