Daily Orbit – Sparkling Super-Earth

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    10-12-12: On this episode of the Daily Orbit, scientists discover a planet full of diamonds, DNA degrades too fast to bring back the dinosaurs, and women are more emotional than men.

    Emerald Robinson: What planet sparkles like a diamond in the night sky? What are the chances for a real-life Jurassic Park? And why are women so smiley-faced LOL? All that and more coming up on the Daily Orbit!

    Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit! I'm Emerald Robinson. If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then this Super-Earth will definitely be my new BFF. Astronomers say this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond. Nick-named Super-Earth, it has a radius twice that of Earth, and a mass eight times greater.

    55 Cancri e is 40 light years away and orbits the star 55 Cancri, one of the stars in the constellation Cancer. New research indicates that this very hot planet has no water at all and is made up of mostly carbon, iron, silicon, carbide and some silicates. Researchers also concluded that at least a third of the planet's mass could be made of diamond. How exciting! Diamonds are a girl's best friend!

    Well, if you were holding out for the real-life version of Jurassic Park coming to a theme park near you, sorry to disappoint, but new research says that DNA gets too difficult to analyze after about 1.

    5 million years, let alone the 65 million years that separates us from those giant, scaly creatures, the dinosaurs.

    Scientists studied bones from the Moa, an extinct giant bird to determine the shelf-life of DNA. They estimate that DNA half-life is about 521 years, and effectively every bond is destroyed after a maximum of 6.

    8 million years.

    No, I think you are so cute smiley face, LOL, Oh! Excuse me. I know some of you men are looking at me like smiley face, really? But, you ladies understand me. A new study shows that women use emoticons twice as much as men. Researchers say this finding proves that women are more expressive in nonverbal communication. However, men use a wider range of emoticons.

    Researchers theorized this could be due to women using a smaller set of symbols for a wider range of uses; got to do a story on chocolate now, TTYL, LOL, wink, wink.

    Yay for chocolate! New research concluded that the nation with the most Nobel Laureates also happens to be the nation that consumes the most chocolates. Any guesses on the winning country? That would be Switzerland! Sweden and Denmark came in a close second and third, the U.

    S. fell somewhere in the middle.

    Previous research determined that the flavanols found in chocolate, and other items such as red wine, green tea, and some fruits improve cognitive function.

    So America, if you want to beat Switzerland, eat up! I should already be a genius!

    And what is this today? Are they just trying to say that women are more emotional or what? A new study found that women receiving negative news experience more emotions and higher stress than men hearing the same news story. But, on the flip side, women are more likely to retain more information from the story.

    Researchers say this ability to hold onto more information may be the reason for the emotion and stress.

    What I get from this study is that we females experience more emotion because we're smarter, right?

    Well, that's it for the Daily Orbit! See you next time!