Emerald Robinson: Was there a bird that came before the bird that came before the modern bird? What animal takes its cues from the Milky Way? And what's making grandma happier than Prozac naturally?
We are lighting it up in more ways than one on today's Daily Orbit!
Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit! I am Emerald Robinson.
Come on grandma, everybody's doing it. Looks like the little old ladies down at the nursing home might be lighting up and chilling out. A new study tested the effects of medical marijuana on the already possibly dazed and confused. Researchers treated 19 residents of a nursing home in Israel with cannabis, with all patients showing an immediate improvement in their moods and communication skills. Use of prescription drugs dropped by 72% overall, reducing the need for antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and pain relievers. And the kicker, 17 of the 19 experienced healthy weight gain, having much improved appetite. Imagine that, Maw-maw's got the munchies! Can you just see your Grandma smoking a doobie? Inhale grandma. And it looks like there was a bird-like dinosaur creature that came before the prehistoric bird-like dinosaur that scientists previously thought modern birds evolved from. Confused? Yeah, I was too at first. A new fossil from a feathered, but flightless dinosaur that predates those from which birds were believed to have evolved was recently found in China. This less than a foot in length, 140 million year old creature had a small wingspan and bone structure that limited wing flapping. This new find casts some doubt on current theories of bird evolution. They said, our current findings suggest that the origin of flight was much more complex than previously thought.
Fruit and vegetables are healthy; shocker! I know you have already heard that, but we are going to tell you again. And they make you happy. A new study following eating patterns and self-reports on mood showed a relationship between higher fruit and veggie intake and more positive moods. Those who ate more fruits and veggies felt calmer, happier, and more energetic than they normally did. But the effects don't kick in until the next day. Want to experience the same effect? Researchers say you must consume 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change. So eat healthy, be happy! Yeah, yeah, yeah, give me that cookie. All right, fine!
And just as sailors of old used the night sky to guide their ships at night, the dung beetle does too. Researchers say that these nocturnal beetles can guide their way through the darkest of nights by the soft glow of the Milky Way in the sky. This is the first example of any animals using the Milky Way as a compass over the stars. The researchers noticed that even on a moonless night these beetles managed to find their way on a straight path. Dung beetles? Well, I will let you imagine what they are carrying along that straight path guided by the Milky Way. Ever had one of those headaches that felt like there was a lightning bolt shot right through your head? Well, new research says that lightning can actually trigger headaches and migraines. Researchers found that within a 25 miles radius of lightning there was a 19% increase in risk of headache, even taking into account other meteorological factors. Chronic headache and migraine sufferers were even more likely to be affected. Researchers say that the lightning-induced headache might result from electromagnetic waves emitted by lightning or the increase in air pollutants like ozone and fungal spores.
Well, that's all for today's Daily Orbit! I suddenly have a headache.