January 15, 2013

Spaceport America Liability Waivers An Issue For Virgin Galactic – The Daily Orbit

Is Virgin Galactic blasting out of New Mexico for another state?

Overweight, in debt, can’t seem to get control? Then log off Facebook!

And what you women can do now to lower your risk of a heart attack

Here we go on today’s Daily Orbit!

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

Virgin Galactic might not be New Mexico’s Spaceport’s virgin client after all. Sir Richard Brandon’s space tourism company may pull their support from the $200 plus million, publicly financed spaceport due to disagreements over an accident liability waiver. Virgin Galactic wants the waiver to be extended to cover manufacturers and component suppliers. If that doesn’t happen, they ain’t payin’ the rent. And that’s a hefty rent too – $85,000 for the first payment. The company is threatening to trade their New Mexican spaceport home for Florida or Texas who they say are friendlier to the space business.

So not long ago we looked a study that claims Facebook makes you fat. Well that could be because it diminishes your self-control. A new report says that avid Facebook users have a higher body mass index, more credit card debt, and increased binge eating than those who don’t use it as often. Wow, sounds like we’re talking about drugs. They found that social network users tend to have inflated self-esteem due to number of “likes” and other positive comments from close friends which in turn can reduce self-control both on and offline. [with phone] You’re not going to believe what someone just said on Facebook…that was so sweet. All of a sudden I feel more confident. [eating a cookie] OMG it’s true!

So it turns out chimps play fair. A new study had chimpanzees playing the Ultimatum Game where one individual proposes a reward division to another. Humans typically offer a generous 50% of their reward and guess what? So did the chimps. The findings suggest that the chimps share the same human aversion to inequity, as well as a shared preference for fair outcomes. Here, you can have half of my cookie. Just kidding! Did you really think I was going to give you half? I’m not a chimp!

And air pollution forced Beijing residents indoors on Sunday. Chinese government officials issued a warning to go inside when the always poor air quality exceeded safe levels. The World Health Organization considers a safe daily level to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter, but on Sunday, some parts of Beijing topped the 700 microgram per cubic meter level in several parts of the city. Ouch! Exposure to theses particulates can be contributing factors to lung cancer, other respiratory ailments and cardiovascular disease. [coughing] Ugh…I can’t breathe just thinking about it! I’m okay, I’m okay.

Well, maybe the Chinese ladies should eat some blueberries and strawberries while they’re shut indoors. New research says that consuming three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week could help women lower their risk of a heart attack. The study looked at the high levels of dietary flavonoids in blueberries and strawberries but also particularly anthocyanins, a sub-class of flavonoids. Anthocyanins were discovered to help stop the buildup of plaque, dilate arteries, and assist in other cardiovascular benefits. Scientists found that because of these components, eating blueberries and strawberries at an early age could decrease heart attack risks later in life by as much as one-third. So eat up! On strawberries and blueberries that is. At least they’re sweet. Yum!

That’s all for today’s Daily Orbit. See you tomorrow!

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