Daily Orbit – First Voice Heard from Mars

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    8-28-12: In this episode of the Daily Orbit, the Curiosity Rover sends back the first audio from Mars, Arctic sea ices continues to melt, and a new device finds its way into your brain.

    Emerald Robinson: Voices from Mars, who is sending Martian messages to earth? Venezuelan Poodle Moth; is it real or is it just Photoshop magic? Be careful with your brain what you think, your thoughts may no longer be secret. All this and more in today's Daily Orbit.

    Hi! I am Emerald Robinson. Welcome to the Daily Orbit! Messages received from Mars, is it Martians? No, it's NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. NASA announced in a press conference yesterday that Curiosity successfully sent back a prerecorded message by Bolden, marking the first time in history a human voice has been heard from Mars.

    Charles Bolden: This is an extraordinary achievement, landing a Rover on Mars is not easy. Others have tried, only America has fully succeeded.

    Emerald Robinson: Since landing on Mars on August 5th, Curiosity has sent over 7 gigabytes of data back to earth with detailed images of its surroundings and even an idea of what Mars smells like. Bolden closed his Martian message with inspiration for forging into the future.

    Charles Bolden: Curiosity will bring benefits to earth and inspire a new generation of scientists and explorers, as it prepares the way for a human mission in the not too distant future.

    Emerald Robinson: And Red Orbit will definitely have the scoop for you when that happens. Loch Ness, Bigfoot, now a Poodle Moth. With its white fluffy hair, bulging black eyes, and alien looking antennas, there are many skeptics of the picture of the Venezuelan Poodle Moth which surfaced last week. Zoologist and science writer Dr. Karl Shuker verified the picture taken at the Gran Sabana National Park in Venezuela. Does it remind anybody else of a gremlin? If you are one of those people that like to eat steak for dinner and steak for dessert, you might be in for a rude diet awakening. Leading scientists say that the world's population may have to switch over to a vegetarian diet within the next 40 years due to a global food supply shortage. Oxfam, an organization that finds solutions to poverty, and the UN are preparing for a possible second global food crisis, as soon as five years from now. Today the average human diet gets 20% of its protein from meat. That number will need to drop to 5% to account for the additional 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, and the larger amount of water required to produce a diet-based on animal protein. Raising animals for a meat-based diet consumes five to ten times more water than a vegetarian diet. Wow, that's scary!

    And it's more bad news for Arctic sea ice on a downward slope since 2007. The Arctic sea ice extent has dipped to a record low since satellites first began measuring in 1979. The Arctic sea ice extent refers to the measurement of the area of the Arctic Ocean that contains at least some sea ice. On August 26, the Arctic sea ice extent fell to 1.

    58 million square miles. This is 27,000 square miles below the previous record low set in 2007. Most scientists believe that this continued decline is tied to global warming caused by increases in human generated greenhouse gases. Further decline is expected by scientists as the melting season typically continues further into September.

    Ever heard the phrase, be careful little ears what you hear? How about be careful what you think? Researchers from the University of California and the University of Oxford in Geneva have found a way to hack into the human brain. Don't worry, scientists can't read your every thought, yet. Researchers used a readily available and affordable device called an Emotiv EPOC to retrieve bank information, pins, and sensitive data from subject's brains. During their research, scientists measured the P300 waves in the brain, which spike after the brain sees a familiar person, place, or thing. Researchers believe that this technique has potential in interrogation of criminals. But isn't it kind of criminal to be stealing someone else's thoughts? So eat your fruits and veggies and don't think bad thoughts. See you tomorrow!