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Daily Orbit - Iran's Monkey Mission
1-17-13: On this episode of the Daily Orbit, Iran plans to send a monkey into space, DARPA is developing underwater drones, and the ISS is getting a new addition.
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Emerald Robinson: What's the status of your memory? From an energy drink to the ER is the caffeine fix too much? And space monkeys, space rooms, and deep sea drones. Get ready for some science fun on today's Daily Orbit.
Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit. I'm Emerald Robinson. I have to wonder if the Iranian Space Organization has been inspired by Planet of the Apes. The agency plans to send a live monkey into space before mid-February. Yeah, you heard me right. It's actually Iran's second attempt at doing so after a failed first attempt back in 2011. Why a monkey you ask? Well, the organization's Chief said that the monkey project would help Iran implement the preparations of sending a man into space which is tentatively scheduled for 2020. Oh Iran, stop monkeying around! I couldn't help myself.
From the Planet of the Apes to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea the next story sounds a lot like a big-budget sci-fi flick. DARPA's new Upward Falling Payload program would bury drones at the bottom of the deep blue sea. Hidden in spherical containers the unmanned drones would be remotely awoken when they are needed rising or falling up to the surface. Drones have long been used by the Navy to fill coverage gaps, but getting them where they need to be quickly and easily has been an issue. But don't worry the sleeping drones won't be put out in the middle of the ocean on their own with weapons for someone to find. They will carry non-lethal but useful capabilities. Can't you just see it? Drones arise! Well, DARPA probably won't be so dramatic.
Well, the International Space Station will be building on. NASA just announced a $17.
8 million contract with Bigelow Aerospace to provide a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module or BEAM to arrive at the station in 2015. The new space station room will be launching aboard the 8th SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the station. The astronauts will complete a two year test of this expandable space habitat technology taking performance data and checking its structural integrity and leak rate. NASA said as we venture deeper into space on the path to Mars habitats that allow for a long-duration stay in space will be a critical capability. Talk about adding space. Yeah, I don't know what's wrong with me today, honestly.
Do you know what year Columbus discovered America? Do you remember that hot guy or girl's status from down the street on Facebook last week? Ha! I bet you know their status by heart. A new study says that not only are we more likely to remember posts to Facebook over selections from books, but we're also more likely to remember them over pictures of one another. Researchers say this could be, because Facebook statuses are written much closer to our natural speech and are often gossipy. Are they saying we are nosy? Oh my gosh! She's having drinks with who? I defintley won't forget that.
Okay, listen up all you cracked-out-on-caffeine, energy-drink-lovin' addicts out there. A new report shows that the number of people who have sought emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks and other highly-caffeinated beverages have doubled nationwide in the past four years. From 2007 to 2011 ER visits linked to these drinks shot up from 10,000 to 20,000. 90% of Americans are looking for a caffeine fix on a daily basis. More than half get 300 milligrams and 20-30% get in excess of 600 milligrams per day or 6 six cups of coffee, 12 cans of soda, or 4 energy drinks. Those 40 and older had a whopping 279% increase in energy drink related ER visits. But the report left us hanging on the symptoms, just calling all energy drink consumption a rising public health problem.
Oh come on! You have to tell us the symptoms. That's all for the Daily Orbit! May be I should stop drinking this. God, it twitches.