Daily Orbit – Conniving Canines

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    2-12-13: On this episode of the Daily Orbit, dogs might be able to see a human’s point of view, rumors abound of an Apple smart watch, and a laser bound for Mars could help identify food fraud.

    Emerald Robinson: What's your doggie doing in the dark? Apple this, Apple that, now apple what? The benefits of saying "see you later" to salt! And babies are not booming on today's Daily Orbit!

    Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit. I'm Emerald Robinson. What's your dog doing in the dark? Something that he knows he shouldn't be. A new study on canine behavior reveals that dogs might understand the human point of view. Researchers found that dogs were 4 times as likely to steal food in a darkened room, suggesting that they realized us humans couldn't see them. Scientists say that we typically assign human thoughts and feelings to our canine friends, but rarely do we have the scientific evidence to back those up. Those clever canines; see they know what they're doing.

    And you think you're covered when it comes to Apple products-you got the MacBooks, the iPad, iPad mini, and the iPhone. Well, all you Mac Maniacs may soon have another "must have.

    " There are rumors of an Apple watch that runs on the iOS platform and is made of special curved glass that fits to the wrist; a glass such as Corning Industries "Willow Glass" which is a flexible substrate for LEDs and OLEDs.

    While the development of an Apple smartwatch is only speculation at this point, it wouldn't be the first of its kind. Pebble Smartwatches, released at CES 2013, run apps and connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to your smartphone. Now, here's what we want to know-would it have Apple maps, iTunes, and possibly Siri? Siri, what time is it?

    Siri: Look at your watch, numskull.

    Emerald Robinson: So not long ago we brought you the shocking story of food fakers-fake olive oil, honey, fish, and others. Well, now space and food are meeting to expose these posers. The European Space Agency announced on Monday that a new laser device developed to measure carbon isotopes on Mars may soon be used here on Earth to identify counterfeit foods.

    The researchers could identify the fake food by burning it and using the laser to detect the carbon dioxide released by the food. The company that developed the technology said they are happy for its commercial potential, but the ultimate goal is to get it on Mars so that it can search for evidence of past life. In the meantime, posers beware! We won't want no fake fish up in here!

    But you know what makes fake fish taste a whole lot better? Salt! Wait, is that too much? According to the American Heart Association, reducing sodium in the diet by 40 percent could save 280,000 to 500,000 lives over 10 years. Americans consume an average 3,600 milligrams of sodium a day. But it's not that pinch of salt you put on your dinner that's really the problem.

    About 80 percent of your sodium intake comes from commercially prepared and processed foods. Excessive sodium intake contributes to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases. So long salt. I'll miss you!

    Well, here's great news! The CDC announced that teen pregnancy in the US hit a record low in 2011, down 8% since 2010. There were also fewer babies born to women in their 20s, but an increasing number of babies born to older woman, those in their late 30s and early 40s. And on the whole-2011 saw fewer births than in many years before. The US birth rate was 12.

    7 per 1,000, the lowest rate ever reported for the US. They say a lower birth rate is likely a sign of the times-no money, no baby. Funny! I felt like everyone I know had a baby last year.

    Well that does it for the Daily Orbit! Catch you tomorrow science nerds! Well, I am really going to miss salt.