Daily Orbit – To Titan & Beyond

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    10-1-12: On this episode of the Daily Orbit, Saturn’s moon, Titan, might be NASA’s next big mission, children need playtime to develop scientific reasoning skills, and a woman grows a new ear in her arm!

    Emerald Robinson: A woman's arm gives birth to her ear, you better believe it. And that honey-do list might turn into a honey-gone. And speaking of gone we've got the latest disappearing act in town, so don't you go anywhere get ready for the Daily Orbit.

    Hi, I'm Emerald Robinson, welcome to the Daily Orbit. To the moon and beyond! Wait which moon would that be? In this case it's Saturn's largest moon, Titan. A group of scientists are proposing that Titan be the next great space mission. With its thick Earth-like atmosphere and its seas, lakes, and rivers, Titan more closely resembles Earth than any other body in the Solar System.

    The new concept called TALISE proposes a boat-probe that will land in the middle of Titan's biggest lake and sail to the coast taking measurements and collecting samples along the way. Though too cold to support life, Titan is rich in the building blocks of life. So I guess now we should say to Titan and beyond!

    Remember when you were a kid and the whole world seemed like your science lab? Well, it sort of was. Scientists say children, even infants employ the scientific method in play; observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, and conclusion.

    Researchers say that encouraging play allows our young scientists of tomorrow to draw different conclusions than when being taught, which prompts more effective scientific thinking.

    They also say everyday playing is a kind of experimentation and that children should be put in safe, rich environments where they can freely explore and test. So all you big scientists out there take a lesson from the kids and play a little today.

    Ladies always griping that your man won't help you around the house, well maybe you should stop complaining. A new study found that married couples that equally shared household chores were 50% more likely to end up in divorce than those in which the woman completed most of the daily household tasks. Surprised?

    Researchers say one factor for this finding could be that couples who split household chores already have a modern outlook, where both are equally educated and have well-paying jobs. These couples have a higher divorce rate anyway. Researchers say that the more you schedule tasks, the more the relationship becomes like a business. I wonder if all of the researchers men.

    Woman grows an ear in her arm, sound like a low budget sci-fi? Nope, it really happened. Doctors from Johns Hopkins Hospital developed an ear from a woman's rib-cartilage and implanted it into her arm in order to replace the ear she had lost to cancer. The ear grew for a total of four months before it was transferred to the patient's head. The woman's new ear still has several cosmetic surgeries to go before it looks normal, but doctors are confident it's only a matter of time.

    And scientists have developed transient electronics for the first time. Transient electronics are electronic devices that gradually disappear on a specified schedule when exposed to water or body fluids.

    The devices are encapsulated in a layer of magnesium oxide with a silk overcoat. The electronics' thickness determines how long it takes to disappear into its environment, whether a few days or 6 months.

    Transient electronics could be used for medical purposes such as monitoring temperature, brain waves, or to deliver drugs. And here I felt like my electronics have always been transient.

    That's it for the Daily Orbit, we'll see you tomorrow. Now where did my camera go?