Daily Orbit – Prospecting for Water

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    11-19-12: On this episode of the Daily Orbit, companies are on the hunt for water on the moon, swim lessons could make your child smarter, and the Brazilian Zoo sets out to clone 8 endangered species.

    Emerald Robinson: Why companies are rushing to the moon? Could cloning be the answer for several endangered species? And are you a night-out or an early riser? Why scientists say it's beyond your control? All of that and more coming up on the Daily Orbit.

    Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit! I am Emerald Robinson. I am heading to the moon, I'm going to find me some water, and make me a killing. The prospect of finding water on the moon has many companies scrambling. Several probes have already found evidence of frozen water, but scientists are not sure if it's all in form of ice or something more powdery like snow. Nicknamed the Water Rush companies are hoping to develop technologies NASA may need to harvest water and others space resources in the future.

    One physicist said, this is like the Gold Rush that led to the settlement of California. This is the Water Rush. Yeehaw! And want to make your kids smarter, throw them in the water. Okay, not necessarily just throw them, but new research does show that kids who learned to swim at an early age are smarter and reach developmental milestones faster than the average child.

    Researchers say that children who participated in swimming programs during their formative years score significantly better in visual motors tasks like drawing and perform better on mathematical tasks. So I guess that means swimming lessons from little Sally Ann this summer.

    The animals may have been saved on the yard back in the day 22, but science has its own way of saving species in danger. Experts at the Brasilia Zoo in Brazil are hoping to close several species of wild animals that are currently under threat. They have selected eight animals as potential cloning candidate. The list includes endangered species such as jaguar and the bison. However, cloning does not solve one problem that pervades endangered species, the need for genetic diversity for survival.

    The effort also has its critics who say instead of trying to clone animals; more should be done to conserve habitats. Remember, when they cloned me?

    And here is the species that the expert at Brasilia Zoo might want to consider. Once thought extinct new DNA evidence suggests the giant tortoise species Chelonoidis abingdonii might live on after all.

    Discovered on the Galapagos Islands the massive reptiles were last seen in 1907 and considered extinct until the 1992 discovery of Lonesome George, the then 60 year tortoise living on Pinta Island. Lonesome George died this past June, but researchers from Yale University took DNA samples from 1600 giant tortoises and discovered 17 hybrids that were ancestors of Lonesome George.

    Researchers plan to collect the tortoises and begin a captive breeding program eventually reintroducing them to their native home. Then the other Lonesome George won't ever have to lonesome ever, ever, ever again.

    So do you stay up all night or are you early to bed early to rise. I am the latter. Scientists have identified a common gene variant that not only determines whether or not a person is an early riser or a night out, but it can also indicate what time of day an individual is likely to die.

    This variant relates to purchase circadian clock which determines the certain times of day a person is most alert, when blood pressure is highest and the heart is most efficient. The researchers say the circadian clock can also influence the timing of acute events like stroke and heart attack. They say this finding could help with scheduling shift work, planning medical treatment, and monitoring the conditions of the vulnerable patients.

    Does it explain why I woke up this morning at 3 and can't go back to sleep? Well, that's it for Daily Orbit. Oh, look! My clone is back. Once you have them I guess you can't get rid of them. You know you don't have to dress like me just because you are my clone.