Daily Orbit – Singing in Space

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    5-14-13: On this episode of the Daily Orbit, an astronaut is belting it out in space, Rolls-Royce joins the effort to break the land speed record, and growing beef in a lab could be the answer to the world hunger problem.

    Emerald Robison: One astronaut gets creative on the ISS.

    Rolls-Royce and the Bloodhound are on the hunt for a new record.

    Bugging out over world hunger and losing our mind for technology on todays Daily Orbit!

    Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit! Im Emerald Robinson.

    Well, if you havent seen this next video yet, I dont know what rock youve been hiding under! During its five months aboard the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut and Commander of Expedition 35, Chris Hadfield, has done some cool stuff like talking to William Shatner and being active on social media. But this time hes topped it with a music video of his own rendition of David Bowies classic Space Oddity.

    [Music]And he gave it his own spin with modified lyrics referring to the Soyuz capsule and when she returned to Earth on Monday. I love when the guitar goes floating through the space station, it's so cool. This is the last space mission for the Canadian government due to budget cuts. Way to go out with a bang Chris! I love an astronaut with a sense of humor!

    What do you get when you put Rolls-Royce and a Bloodhound together? A really, really super-fast car! Rolls-Royce has announced its support of the jet-engine powered Bloodhound SuperSonic Car in an attempt to break the 1,000 mile per hour World Land Speed Record. Rolls-Royce is providing the supercar with an EJ200 jet engine, typically found in a Eurofighter-Typhoon combat aircraft. It will reach speeds of 350 miles per hour before igniting a rocket motor to take it supersonic. Wing Commander Andy Green will be in the drivers seat to make the record-breaking attempt at a desert site in South Africa.

    And in an attempt to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and education, theyre encouraging students to join in on the fun by having their names inscribed on the fin of the vehicle for just 10 British pounds. Reps from Rolls says that promoting education is vital to keeping the UK at the forefront of global business.

    Feel bad about paying $15 for a burger at one of those fancy gourmet burger joints? Try $325,000 bugs. Thats how much a Professor from the Netherlands says his test tube beef patties cost to make. The in-vitro burger (yeah that sounds real appetizing) is made from 100% beef products. Stem cells were harvested in the neck of a cow on its way to slaughter, then grown in fetal calf serum and other material used to recreate tissue. Yummyugh gag me!

    The flavor, well as you would suspect, not so great but the professor wants to reduce the worlds dependence on beef and says the test tube burger is simply the first step towards a solution for a possible-food shortage crisis.

    The burger will be served at a London event next month to a few lucky chosen guinea pigs. Yeah, Id probably have to add a lot of ketchup to that burger to wolf it down. I might rather eat a bug than one of those burgers. Ah! I was just kidding! But a new report says that creepy crawlers are an underutilized source of food in the battle against worldwide hunger. Researchers say that certain insects could be cultivated more efficiently as a food source.

    Insects are a good source of protein and 2 billion people worldwide already eat 1,900 insect species. But dont panic. Researchers arent saying go out and eat a bug. Theyre saying that its an untapped resource, but more research needs to be done on its safety. Dont knock it till you try it I guess!

    And researchers say that dementia and deaths related to dementia are on the rise thanks to obesity and technology. A new UK study revealed that mid-life obesity doubles the risk of dementia and that nearly half of all men and 31% of women will be obese by 2050. By that time, they say 7% of those 65 plus will suffer from dementia.

    Another US study found a drastic increase in dementia-related deaths in people under the age of 74. They attribute the rise in dementia to environmental and social changes like the explosion of electronic devices causing a rise in background non-ionizing radiation like our PCs, microwaves, TVs, cell phones along with all the pollution, food additives, and so forth. They say you cant change your age, but you can change your lifestyle to help combat the risk of dementia.

    And we want to just follow up on yesterdays report from NOAA that carbon dioxide levels have passed 400 parts per million. A revised reading actually put average levels for the week of May 9th at 399.

    89 parts per million, just under 400, but still up from last years average.

    And thats all for your Daily Orbit. Take it away Chris!

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