August 30, 2012

Virgin Offers Space Ride To The Most Frequent Flyer – The Daily Orbit – redOrbit

— Which frequent flyer program is upping the ante?

— Ohh, the sweet life of…stars? Wait is that right?

— And I predict that the winner is…….Twitter! Are you following this  race?

— Fasten your seat belt and get ready to launch into the Daily  Orbit!

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

Ladies and gentlemen, please stow your tray tables and bring your seatbacks into an upright position… the flight to suborbital space is now ready for takeoff….   Oh you heard me right.   Virgin Airlines announced the company will reward it’s most frequent traveler for the year with a roundtrip ticket to outer space!    Started in 2004, Virgin Galactic has already pre-sold tickets for its first ever space flight  to 500 starry-eyed passengers at $200,000 a ticket.   However, the Virgin Elevate Member with the most miles accumulated between August 8 of this year and August 7th of 2013 will earn a complimentary seat on that historic flight. Makes your loyalty program seem a little bland now? Yeah, mine too.

Life is sweet….literally. A scientist in Chile has found “sugar” molecules around a distant star.  This is the first time sugar been found in space around a young, sun-like star, which indicates that the building blocks of life are already present during planet formation. Astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter Array to study the star  which sits 400 lights years away.  The telescope can zoom in to see the details of newly formed stars and their outer disc.  Astronomers also saw evidence of other complex materials on the star including ethylene-glycol, methyl formate, and ethanol.  Astrophysicist Jes Jorgenson said these findings suggest the possibility that extraterrestrial life might be able to found in other  places in the universe.

I see in my Twitter  ball…the white house……with the next President of the United States who is…  who is….. Sound a little hokey?  Maybe at first but Researchers at the University of Boston say that Twitter might just help determine who wins the next presidential election.  Twitter really?  To conduct their research, they looked at tweets about contest television shows like American Idol and were able to anticipate who would be getting the axe by using those signals as a proxy for the general preference of the audience.  The researchers then developed a simplified version to analyze social phenomena like our upcoming presidential election.  But they left us hanging on that one!  The method could theoretically be used to predict who sits in the oval office next year but they’re just not saying.  Oh….wait a second let me just finish my tweet about this story…which you can check out on @redorbit.

You know my Mama always told me this but it takes a bunch of scientist saying it to make me listen .  Sorry Mamma!  Scientists say headphones on your portable player can reach levels comparable to those of jet engines!  Maybe it’s no surprise that loud music can lead to temporary deafness but scientist also say they now have a better understanding of why exposure to noises louder than 110 decibels damage hearing.    Such loud noises strip away cells from the myelin sheath that carry electrical signals from the ears to the brain.  The coating that surrounds these nerve cells can reform within 3 months allowing hearing recovery, meaning the damage is reversible.  SO FOR ALL YOU ROCKAHOLICS OUT THERE WHO CAN’T HEAR ME REALLY, THERE IS HOPE!!!!

First there was just spaghetti…….then there was whole wheat spaghetti………….and now there’s SUPERRRR SPAGGGHETTTTI!   Two research projects kick off next month to create pasta that is more nutritious for you.  Researchers will be looking at the fundamental role of cell walls in plants to determine how they might be better utilized in food.  They will investigate how the growth of durum wheat affects starch levels, how fiber levels in pasta can be improved, and the roles dietary fiber plays in the quality of pasta and bread dough.  Next they should research how to make SUPER CUPCAKES!!!

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