On Science – One Year Later: Felix’s POV

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    10-16-13: On this episode of On Science, its been one year since Felix Baumgartner’s record-setting jump, a new way to brew beer at home, and why your music taste changes as you age.

    We get a first-person POV of Felix’s free fall…


    What’s brewing on Kickstarter?


    Is there a soundtrack to your life?


    And today we’ve got our hands-- On Science!


    Hello and welcome to On Science.  I’m your host Emerald Robinson.


    It’s been a year since daredevil Felix Baumgartner dangerously dropped from space.  Now sponsoring company Red Bull has released the best video yet of his freefall.  You get to see the fall from Felix’s point of view--even the dizzying spin that could have cost him his life.  Baumgartner broke many world records last October when he ascended 24 miles up in a helium balloon and jumped, accelerating to Mach 1.25 in just 50 seconds before parachuting to the ground.  Can we get that in IMAX?  That’s the closest I want to get to free falling from space…


    Picture this—brew your own beer as easily as making a cup of coffee.  You’re like yeah right, Emerald, in a perfect world. Well, guess what it exists!  Introducing the PicoBrew Zymatic!  PicoBrew LLC is conducting a Kickstarter campaign to bring their Zymatic home beer brewing machine to market.   The campaign has already raised $397,000, far surpassing their $150,000 goal.  The project began back in 2010 when PicoBrew makers were frustrated with how long it took to brew beer at home.  Users can create their own recipe, feed it into the system, and walk away while it brews.  So “set it and forget it!”   But it will cost ya.  The Zymatic which comes with a 5 gallon keg will set you back almost $1,700 as the cheaper system has already sold out.  But when you think of all the bills you’ll be saving at the bar, what’s $1,700 bucks?


    When I was younger I used to rock out like this (soundbyte).  Now, I go a little more for this (another soundbyte).  Psychologists at the University of Cambridge say that our musical tastes adapt to different periods in our life.  They looked at large pool of people in two cross-sectional studies.  They found that adolescence is dominated by a preference for intense music like punk and metal that coincides with the need to establish identity.  This need for intensity wanes in early adulthood as taste move onto contemporary pop, rap, and R&B while life in that stage is sort of about finding love.  Once reaching middle-age, where thing are a little calmer, a more sophisticated palate craves jazz and classical and unpretentious country, folk and blues. I’ve always said I felt like I had a soundtrack to my life.  Researchers say that our tastes develop to particular challenges faced at different stages of our personal evolution.  So in a few years this will be on my playlist (soundbyte).


    What’s all the rage this fall season?  Wearable technology.  Juniper Research forecasts that the mobile smart wearable device market will reach $19 billion by 2018 bringing in $1.4 billion in revenue this year.  What’s driving this rise?  The desire for “Multimedia and Entertainment” and “Multifunctional” devices.  Guess you can say we want everything all at once.  Fitness factors in big time as this market has seen its share of wearable devices.  Researchers say it seems like there is nowhere for the wearable market to go but up, with everything from smart watches, to Google Glass and watches for watching the kids.  But they say this technology is still very new, which has initial prices set high.  


    Put your hands up ladies, put your hands up!  Anthropologist Dean Snow of Penn State has determined that handprints left on cave walls were mostly female.  It had been assumed that they were mostly male since images on the walls typically depict hunting scenes.  However, Snow used five different measurements to identify the female prints, first separating out the clearly adult male hands.  Then comparing the ratios of the index finger to the ring finger and the index to the pinky to separate the women from the adolescent males.  Step one determined that 10% of handprints left on Spanish and French cave walls were adult men.  The second step found that only 15% were made my adolescent males, which means 75% were made by women.  Ladies dominate!  They would think my handprints were an adult male.  I have huge man hands.  

    And that’s all for today On Science.