NASA Offers To Give $18,500 To People Willing To Remain In Bed For Two Months
Let's face it, a lot of people tend to be lazy when given the chance, so this new opportunity from NASA sounds intriguing. Not only is this a seemingly effortless job, but $18,500 for two months of work is well above what the average person earns. Lazy or not, most people would jump at the chance to rake in this much cash.
The study is being conducted so that NASA can determine the long-term effects of artificial gravity on the human body. The Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study (AGBRESA) is being conducted by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) to improve the health of astronauts on long space missions. The IAM is associated with the German Aerospace Center that conducts a variety of health experiments to determine human tolerance in various conditions on Earth and in space. Weightlessness has some adverse effects on the human body. Astronauts suffer from a condition that is sometimes referred to as "puffy head, bird legs syndrome." This describes what happens when blood flows primarily to the head in prolonged periods of weightlessness or zero gravity. The bed rest experiment will simulate this condition and develop methods to mitigate the effects.
The research will be conducted on 12 men and 12 women who will stay in bed for two months, and it will occur from September until December of this year in Cologne, Germany. The high-tech facility where the study will be conducted is called the "envihab" which is a hybrid of the words environment and habitat. As the participants remain in a bedridden state, the researchers will test methods to alleviate the negative effects of this state. The process of selecting the participants is somewhat strict. Participants must be fluent in German, and they must be within the range of 24 and 55 years of age. As the participants lie in bed, they will be allowed to do a variety of activities to pass the time such as reading, online courses or watching television.
The task could become somewhat uncomfortable because the beds are tilted slightly downward toward to cause blood to travel mostly toward the head. Throughout the study, the scientists will perform tests on the participants to determine their cognition, strength and other bodily functions. In addition to the 60 days of lying in bed, the participants will need five days of preparation and 14 days of rehabilitation after the study to regain their strength to withstand life in an upright position again.
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