June 3, 2013
What Slimy Little Creature is Pretty in Pink? – The Daily Orbit
Is it or is it not an “A”?
What slimy little creature is pretty in pink?
Have researchers found more clues in the Earhart crash mystery?
And Google’s got TMI on today’s Daily Orbit!
Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit. I’m Emerald Robinson.
Who knew the letter “a” could be such a big deal? But it is when it comes to a legendary American statement. Whether Neil Armstrong said “That one’s small step for man” or “that’s one small step for A man” has long been debated. Hmm..hard to tell–So researchers went to Armstrong’s native Ohio for answers. Ohioan colloquial speech often blends words like “for” and “a” for a “frrr”(uh).” Researchers concluded that his quote is more likely perceived as “for” even though Armstrong admitted it was supposed to be “for a.” It’s okay, down South it’s hard to tell when we say “for a” because we say it like “foooorrraaaah.”
So this recently discovered slug anomaly might look like a Disney/Pixar adaptation of Mother Nature but it’s actually better than fiction. This hot pink slug was discovered atop Australia’s Mount Kaputar, an area formed from a volcanic eruption some 17 million years ago. You won’t spot these pink slugs very often during the daylight of the alpine forest, but at night these vegetarians come out to feed on mold and moss. One researcher said “as bright pink as you can imagine, that’s how pink they are.” That’s how I like my nail polish too!
Just two weeks ago today we celebrated the 81st anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s transatlantic flight and now a non-proft group called The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery says they may have a sonar image of the wing from Earhart’s aircraft Lockheed Electra that went missing in the Pacific in 1937. The image shows an object 600 feet below the water near Nikumaroro Island. TIGHAR is looking for $3 million to fund an expedition to recover and analyze the wreckage. Past findings of shoes, scraps, a liquor bottle, freckle cream, and the skeleton of a Northern European woman on the island have some convinced Nikumaroro Island holds the answer to the question: what exactly happened to Amelia Earhart?
Lately, the potential dangers of drones have been a hot topic of debate, but could they be used for good and not evil? California-based Matternet is looking to use drones as delivery vehicles for medicine and other necessary items to remote areas with poor roads or areas cut off by natural disasters. They recently successfully tested drones in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The drones would have hubs where they would recharge every few miles. Eventually the company sees an automated operating system whereby requests and payments would be made via a smartphone. Well, I have to say that’s pretty “smart.”
And the company known for “information” is providing even more information, and this time it’s nutritional. Google plans to add the nutritional information for more than 1,000 different food types in their search engine results. What info exactly? Calorie, protein, and fat content of fruits, veggies, meats, meals, and, yes, drinks too. And no scrolling necessary. Nutrition facts will have their own box above search results and will be voice command compatible. Ugh! They’re making it excuse-proof! Ok Google that’s enough information. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
That’s all for the Daily Orbit. Oh stop!