Episode 511 – Close Your Eyes and Think of England

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According to sleep experts, teens need at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night, compared to an average of seven to nine hours each night for most adults. Their internal biological clocks also keep them awake later in the evening and keep them sleeping later in the morning. However, many schools begin classes early in the morning, when a teenager’s body wants to be asleep. As a result, many teens come to school too sleepy to learn, through no fault of their own.

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Factoid of the Week:
Babies begin sleep in active sleep and spend equal amounts of time in active and quiet sleep. This means 50% of baby sleep is relatively light and often filled with dreams. For adults, The average length of the first NREM-REM sleep cycle is between 70 and 100 minutes; the average length of the second and later cycles is about 90 to 120 minutes.

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Words of Wisdom:
Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Episode 510 – Mostly Fine

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Factoid of the Week:
According to the history book The Records of the Three Kingdoms, by the ancient historian Chen Shou, the single-wheeled cart today known as a wheelbarrow was invented by the prime minister of Shu Han, Zhuge Liang, in 231 A.D. Liang called his device a “wooden ox.” The handles of the cart faced forward (so that it was pulled), and it was used to carry men and material in battle.

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Words of Wisdom:
“Never let another man fill up your wheelbarrow” -Samuel Adams 

Episode 509 – Oxford Comma Strippers

This is basically what Stephen looked like tonight

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Factoid of the Week:
An axe can be used for a variety of moves due to the curved shape of the head:  The axe head can be used to hook an opponent’s ankle, thus throwing them off balance and onto the ground.  It can be also hooked over another body part such as the neck, to force a person to move in a direction they don’t want to go.  The axe can also be used to hook the edge of a shield, pulling it away to press an attack, or to disarm the opponent.

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Words of Wisdom:
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. – Abraham Lincoln

Episode 508 – Pounding Us Full of Science

Courtesy of Jole Aron

It’s been another week in the plaguelands, but we’re making it through! Not only that, we managed to pull in a bunch of stories that have nothing to do with a virus! We did learn that Ashley is violent, and that both of us managed to get a pass tonight on not answering a question. You’ll have fun. Give it a listen.

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Factoid of the Week:
The word ‘curry’ in a gastronomic sense is thought to derive from the Tamil ‘karil’, which was a sauce served with rice.  However, the phrase “to give curry” is Australian slang for abusing or expressing anger at someone.

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Words of Wisdom:
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Confidence is like food seasoning. Without it your food is bland, but too much of it & you have to throw it out completely. ~ Aleph Abi Saad

Episode 507 – Hammer It Back Home

This quarantine has been a real bear for everyone, but we’re working our way through it together. We here at the Orbiting HQ truly hope you and yours are doing fine and everything is going alright. If not, all we can really provide is a few laughs and maybe a distraction or two while we all descend into madness. At least we can go there together!

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Factoid of the Week:
Bananas may be considered a mood enhancer because it contains the amino acid, tryptophan and Vitamin B6 that helps the body produce serotonin.

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Words of Wisdom:
Any ape can reach for a banana, but only humans can reach for the stars.    -Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Episode 506 – Violent Burp

Courtesy of Jole Aron

Tyrannosaurus rex looked the most ferocious of all the dinosaurs, but in terms of overall cunning, determination and its array of vicious weapons it was Utahraptor that was probably the fiercest of all. Utahraptor measured about 7 metres and weighed in at just under a TON.

Among other things, raptors are distinguished by the large, curving, single claws on each of their hind feet, which they used to slash at and disembowel their prey. Befitting its large size, Utahraptor possessed especially dangerous-looking nine-inch-long claws.

Befitting their kinship with the first prehistoric birds, most, if not all, raptors of the late Cretaceous period, like Deinonychus and Velociraptor, were covered with feathers, at least during certain stages of their life cycles. Although no direct evidence has been adduced for Utahraptor possessing feathers, they were almost certainly present, if only in hatchlings or juveniles—and the odds are that full-grown adults were plushly feathered as well, making them look a bit like giant turkeys

Seriously, look this beast up… it is terrifying.

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Factoid of the Week:
In 1842, the English naturalist Sir Richard Owen coined the term Dinosauria, derived from the Greek deinos, meaning “fearfully great,” and sauros, meaning “lizard.”

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Words of Wisdom:
We all have a dinosaur deep within us just trying to get out. -Colin Mochrie

Episode 505 – Validated, Justified, and Always Right

Oh man! What a big week this was. We got a new baby in the family! That’s right. Smash finally had her kid and he’s awesome. We talked about that quite a bit on the show, but don’t you worry! We also did some news and it was fantastic. This was a great episode. You’re going to dig it!

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Factoid of the Week:
Newborns spend half their sleep time in REM, accompanied by jerking eyeballs, twitching bodies and a characteristic saw-toothed pattern on brain scans. For comparison, adults spend just one quarter of their sleeping time in REM and the rest in the dreamless non-REM phase, marked by slowly varying brain waves. If babies dream during REM, then they would dream for the equivalent of a full eight-hour workday.

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Words of Wisdom:
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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

Episode 504 – Gooch Weiner

Colorized Pollen

Though we associate pollen with the color yellow, pollen can come in many vibrant colors, including red, purple, white, and brown. Since insect pollinators, such as bees, can’t see red, plants produce yellow (or sometimes blue) pollen to attract them.

This is why most plants have yellow pollen, but there are some exceptions. For instance, birds and butterflies are attracted to red colors, so some plants produce red pollen to attract these organisms.

In order for pollination to occur, the pollen grain must germinate in the female portion (carpel) of the same plant or another plant of the same species. In flowering plants, the stigma portion of the carpel collects the pollen.

The vegetative cells in the pollen grain create a pollen tube to tunnel down from the stigma, through the long style of the carpel, to the ovary. Division of the generative cell produces two sperm cells, which travel down the pollen tube into the ovule. This journey usually takes up to two days, but some sperm cells can take months to reach the ovary.

Your nose is being violated.

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Factoid of the Week:
Microscopic pollen grains that carry a certain type of protein are typically the cause of allergic reactions. Immune system cells, called B cells, produce antibodies in reaction to the pollen. This overproduction of antibodies leads to the activation of other white blood cells such as basophils and mast cells. These cells produce histamine, which dilates blood vessels and results in allergy symptoms including a stuffy nose and swelling around the eyes.

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Words of Wisdom:
Like pollen on a honeybee, flattery clings to the things you tell yourself. – Willis Goth Regier

Episode 503 – Circle My Dots

Acid Rain: What Is It and How Can You Prevent It?

Rotting vegetation and erupting volcanoes release some chemicals that can cause acid rain, but most acid rain is a product of human activities. The biggest sources are coal-burning power plants, factories, and automobiles.

When humans burn fossil fuels, sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) are released into the atmosphere. Those air pollutants react with water, oxygen, and other substances to form airborne sulfuric and nitric acid. Winds may spread these acidic compounds through the atmosphere and over hundreds of miles. When acid rain reaches Earth, it flows across the surface in runoff water, enters water systems, and sinks into the soil.

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Factoid of the Week:
Acid rain describes any form of precipitation that contains high levels of nitric and sulfuric acids. It can also occur in the form of snow, fog, and tiny bits of dry material that settle to Earth. Normal rain is slightly acidic, with a pH of 5.6, while acid rain generally has a pH between 4.2 and 4.4.

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Words of Wisdom:
First deal with your own tears; tomorrow do something about acid rain.-Betty Jane Wylie

Episode 502 – The Crawl Space Poop Bandit

The Yellow Jacket is a North American predatory insect that builds a large nest to house the colony. These bee-sized, social wasps are black with yellow markings on the front of the head and yellow banding around the abdomen.

Yellow Jackets are common visitors to picnics and parks in the summer as they are attracted to meat, fruit and sweet drinks.  Yellow jackets are carnivorous, primarily feeding on other insects like flies and bees. They also feed on picnic fare, fruits, carrion, and the nectar of flowers. Yellow jackets as assholes.

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Factoid of the Week:
The queen yellow jacket lays all of the eggs in a colony. She fertilizes each egg as it is being laid using stored sperm from the spermatheca, occasionally skipping an egg. These unfertilized eggs, having only half as many genes as the queen or the workers, develop into male drones.

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Words of Wisdom:
Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp’s nest. -Pope Paul VI