January 24, 2013

The Sun Can Be Seen In More Colors Than Just Yellow – The Daily Orbit

Can you name all the colors of the Sun?

Who are foods’ biggest fakers?

Dogs are trashy.

And whole lot of monkeying around on today’s Daily Orbit!

Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit. I’m Emerald Robinson.

“Can you paint with all the colors or the wind…” Well the sun has colors too Pocahontas and it’s a lot more than yellow. Of course yellow is all we are able to see with the naked eye because it is the brightest wavelength. At 5500 Angstroms the sun emits a yellow-green light from material that is about 10,000 F. Extreme ultraviolet light of 94 Angstroms comes from atoms that are about 11 million F showing up lime green in color and a good wavelength to catch solar flares in action. The hottest material of a solar flare shows up aqua at 131 Angstroms and purple at 211 Angstroms in the sun’s corona. Why so many colors? The sun contains many different atoms and ions that can emit light at specific wavelengths when it reaches a particular temperature. Purple’s my favorite. Wouldn’t it be pretty if the sun showed up purple? Or changed colors all the time?

Oh I’m just monkeying around with you. But who isn’t monkeying around? The National Institutes of Health. In fact they say that 50 chimpanzees should be permanently retired from research. The first 9 freed chimps made their way to Chimp Haven in Louisiana, a retirement community of sorts for chimps retired from federally funded research programs. The plan is to retire 400 more chimps from research facilities across the country. They said “a chimp should no more live in a lab than a human should live in a phone booth.” Well said…living in a phone booth would not be fun. I wouldn’t have room for all my shoes.

And here’s a little more monkey business…haha….okay I’ll stop. The Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington DC has recently begun using Apple iPads to interact with a zoo favorite—orangutans. The program appropriately named “Apps for Apes” is being used by 12 zoos around the world. One orangutan loves to play the drums in Garage Band while another likes the keyboard. Meanwhile another lazily watches fish swim inside the screen in the Koi Pond app. Zookeepers say that “with the iPad, we’re hoping to tap less into the critical-thinking outlet and more into a creative outlet. Hey here’s a thought. One ape could take up the bass and they could start a band—a revival of the Monkeys yes! “Hey, hey we’re the Monkeys!” Love it!

Uhh-hmm….I’d like to report a fraud. There are no Cheetos in this bag of Cheetos. That’s not exactly what experts working for the US Pharmacopeial Convention are talking about, having discovered rising numbers of fake ingredients in products such a seafood, olive oil, spices, honey, fruit juice, and even wine. They’re calling it “food fraud.” And a new report shows as much as 10% of all the food you buy off the grocery shelf is adulterated! This means mislabeled, misrepresented or diluted. Fruit juicers are some of the biggest posers, often claiming to be fresh squeezed or premium when it’s actually just from concentrate. And watch out for that olive oil. Sixty-five percent has been found to actually be a lower-grade than it’s labeled. Researchers say there’s very little a consumer can do to avoid buying adulterated foods, but beware of “too good to be true” deals on generally expensive ingredients. To all you fakers and posers out there-be real! Word!

And we will end today’s Daily Orbit will a little insight into the evolution of man’s best friend—everyone loves a good dog story. But this one’s a little trashy. Yep, researchers believe that the domesticated dogs trace their ancestral roots back to wolves who may have scavenged the waste around our ancestors’ homes. The major two differences in genes—starch digestion and brain development. A dog is much more efficient at breaking down starch for nutrition than the wolf. The differences in brain development also lends to dogs more docile nature. The researchers think that these early dogs evolved digestively and behaviorally to scavenge from the human waste dumps—which they still like to do. I would know. My roommate’s dog Brutus found my chocolate bar in the trash. Let’s just say not good…yeah.

And that’s it for the DailyOrbit. See you tomorrow!

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