Are you thinking about different ways to pay for your college? Well, how about lying in a bed for 60 days to pay off most of your tuition? It seems like a good idea, but is it good for your body?
Scientists are looking for women to stay in bed for 60 days to help them study how weightlessness affects the human body. The reward for participating in this study will pay about $18,522 or most of the tuition needed for your studies here at Radford.
Of course, it will be looking at astronauts and when they are in space. The weightlessness that is caused by the microgravity changes their body. That results in reduced physical stress in their bodies, which over time leads to muscles and bones to break down and body fluids to shift towards their heads.
This info is from the German Aerospace Center, which was commissioned by NASA and the European Space Agency to conduct this study.
NASA has previously done a similar study, though it was much shorter.
By simulating weightlessness’ effects with bed rest, scientists hope to develop methods to counteract the impacts of weightlessness so that astronauts do not have to spend most of their days on the space station exercising.
The researchers have already created a “short-arm human centrifuge.” This will be able to generate artificial gravity and be able to correct the distribution of body fluids. The plan is to hopefully test out the system on two-thirds of the study participants each day.
“Crewed spaceflight will continue to be important in the future in order to carry out experiments in microgravity, but we must make it as safe as possible for the astronauts,” says Hansjorg Dittus, an Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology at the German Aerospace Center.
“This bed rest study … offers space researchers from all over Europe and the USA the opportunity to work together and jointly acquire as much scientific knowledge about human physiology as possible.”
Everything that you will do must have to be done while lying down. This includes eating, bathing, and going to the bathroom.
Everyone who will participate in this study will have a private room, and they will stay in a bed that is inclined at 6 ° with the head end downwards.
Participants will have a team of nutritionists that will curate the meals so that they do not gain weight and have all the nutrients they need. However, the meals will not be as healthy as you think. According to the German Aerospace Center website, the meals will not be “extra healthy,” and there will sometimes be pancakes or other sweet treats.
Unfortunately for those who wanted to participate in the study in order to get money for their studies, the first round of studies started just this past Tuesday.
The study is composed of two rounds. The first group of 24 test participants — 12 men and 12 women — began on Tuesday.
However, you could head to Germany in September to participate in the next round of studies. While it’s not clear yet how many participants will be needed for the next round, it is clear where the study will take place, which will be at the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Cologne, Germany, from September to December 2019.
Also, if you are a male, then this study is not for you, plus college-aged people are not needed as well, which sucks for anyone looking for a year’s worth tuition.
Scientists are looking for women ages 24 to 55 who do not smoke, according to the German Aerospace Center’s website. Participants will also have to be able to speak German.
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