March 15, 2013
Burnout At Work Can Burn Out Your Heart – The Daily Orbit
Why you need to take a break for your heart’s sake.
What’s bursting onto the astronomy scene.
Don’t drink and drive says your iPhone.
And men have it so easy on today’s Daily Orbit!
Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit. I’m Emerald Robinson.
Happy Pi Day everyone! It’s March 14th, and we’re celebrating this very special little mathematic constant—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter! Gotta love Pi! Great, now I’m hungry!
Punching the clock might be puttin’ a hurtin’ on your old ticker. A new study says that burnout and stress at work can lead to coronary heart disease—the buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries that can lead to angina or heart attacks. Burnout can result from high stress, heavy workloads, lack of control over your job situation, a lack of emotional support, and long work hours. The new research suggests that burnout is a stronger predictor of coronary heart disease than more classical risk factors like smoking and physical activity. The team says these findings are valuable for preventative medicine, and doctors should more closely monitor their stressed out patients. My prescription? Take a vacation! Just what the doctor ordered!
Scientists have discovered that the most vigorous bursts of star births in the universe took place much earlier than previously thought. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array telescope, scientists were able to see some of the most distant starburst galaxies ever observed, formed when the universe was a baby…a wee one billion years old. Starburst galaxies convert reservoirs of gas and dust into new stars hundreds of times faster than in spiral galaxies like our own. To pinpoint the distance of the galaxies, the team had to compensate for gravitational lensing, where light from a distant galaxy is distorted by the gravitational influence of a nearer foreground galaxy, which acts like a lens and makes the distant source appear brighter. I love how our universe is considered young at a billion years old.
Add this to the list of things your iPhone can do—be your own portable breathalyzer. Starting in July, you can make sure you’re good to drive. This tiny little breathalyzer plugs right into your iPhone through the headphones jack. You just blow into and it to get your blood alcohol content. Although the company is still raising funds for the device on Indiegogo, you can pre-order yours today for a July shipment for $100. Wanna save a little? Wait til January and pay as little as $25. But if you have a tendency to not know when you’ve had enough, I suggest throwing down the extra $75. Don’t drink and drive.
And here’s another discovery of something really, really old. Under 505 million year-old rock layers, scientists have unearthed a strange looking phallus-shaped creature in Canada’s Yoho National Park’s Burgess Shale fossil beds. Scientists believe this creature is a member of the acorn worm family. Now this new discovery pushes the fossil record of acorn worms back 200 million years and changes our understanding of evolution from this period. These spaghetti-shaped, soft-bodied creatures left little record of themselves as they don’t have teeth and bones. These little creatures were important as they connected the two main hemichordate groups: the acorn worms and a phylum of marine worms. Spaghetti anyone?
And why is everything easier on men? A new study says that men handle sleep deprivation better than women. Researchers say that a lack of sleep can be very dangerous for women putting them at a risk of developing heart disease, blot clots, depression or other psychological problems. Also sleep deprived women have higher inflammation markers, meaning they’re more likely to be in pain throughout the day. And don’t make a tired woman mad! Lack of sleep in women increases feelings of hostility, depression, and anger. But why is it so much harder on women than men? Because we multi-task meaning, guys, we use our brain more so we need more repair work at night. Just further proof that men often don’t use their brains.
Well that does it for the Daily Orbit. Mmm pie.