Wanted: space volunteers willing to lie in bed for two months – and get PAID!
If you are a non-smoking male between the ages of 20 to 45 and in good health, there is a job opportunity you might be interested in. French scientists studying microgravity are looking for 24 men who are willing to perform all bodily functions and eat in bed for 60 days. Yes, you read that right, you get paid to be in bed for 60 days. The scientists want men who are young, fit and healthy who are willing to lie down on their backs and do nothing for two months. And it gets even better because they are willing to pay almost 64,000 USD. Researchers at the space medical institute in France are advertising for what could be for most the dream job of a lifetime. The scientists are seeking volunteers to spend 60 days lying on their back to study the effects of microgravity. Microgravity is a state of virtual weightlessness. For scientists at the Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology near Toulouse, the job has a serious point.
For the new job they the 24 successful candidates who will be fit and sporty males from ages 20 to 45 who do not smoke, and have no allergies. The candidates will also boast a maximum body mass index of between 22 and 27 will have to undergo a list of tests for two weeks before and after they spend two months in bed. The idea of this study is so they can reproduce the weightlessness of the International Space Station (ISS). Dr Arnaud Beck is coordinating the science experiment. During the first two weeks, the scientists will do a whole series of tests and measurements on the male volunteers. These tests will be followed by a 60-day period during in which the men must remain in bed. This unique job is all in the name of science, but applicants should be warned that the job will be tougher than it sounds as candidates will be expected to eat, perform all bodily functions and wash while lying in bed. The rule is to keep at least one shoulder in contact with the bed or its frame throughout the two months. For that sort of money, the job is sure to get a lot of applicants.
The final two weeks of the two-month job will be spent recuperating and undergoing further tests to establish the consequences of having not set foot on the ground for two months. Beck said the experiment is aimed to look at the detrimental effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body and to find ways to combat them. In certain conditions, the body's cardiovascular system is affected and is not capable of making the same effort as before the experiment. Scientists even see a greater tendency of blood pressure dropping and vertigo. This has to do with astronauts who have spent a long period in space, and for volunteers who experience muscle loss in the lower body, along with a drop in bone density, and find it difficult to stand afterward. Anyone who is tempted to make sleep the final frontier can apply for the job on the Medes site.
Microgravity is the condition in which objects or people appear to be weightless. The effects of microgravity are something that can be seen when objects or astronauts float in space. Microgravity is also something that can be experienced in other ways. In microgravity, astronauts can float in their spacecraft or outside of the spacecraft, on a spacewalk. Heavy objects move around easily. This is just one of the new trending stories you will find on The Guardian. On the site, you will find new world news, music, new trends, business, lifestyle and more. **
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