French space institute willing to pay men $17G to lie in bed
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 21:50
The participants have to eat, wash and perform all body functions lying on one place itself and have to make use of bed pans as they can not move out for washroom, according to Dr. Arnaud Beck, the physician who coordinates the study.
Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning in time for work?
Tempting as it might sound to lie on your back doing absolutely nothing and earn a quite handsome reward (~US$17,000) for doing so, it's not exactly a walk in the park either.
Candidates must be healthy men between the ages of 20 to 45, who do not smoke or have allergies.
You'll need to be fit too, with a body mass index of between 22 and 27. The participants will then spend two weeks undergoing tests to measure the effects of weightlessness.
Scientists at a space research center in France are looking for able-bodied volunteers to lie in a bed for almost two months.
Firstly, the test subjects have to perform all daily activities while lying in bed, with the torso inclined at a -6 degree angle that positions the head lower than the feet.
The rule is to keep at least one shoulder in contact with the bed or its frame, he explained. That includes eating, washing, and everything else your body needs to take care of in your day-to-day life.
An astronaut who has stayed in space for a long time usually finds it hard to stand up when he or she gets back because of weakened muscles and bones. While the engineers are trying to cook up a craft good enough to reach Mars, medical researchers are still trying to understand what goes on inside the human body during spaceflight and what can we in order to counteract the effects associated with prolonged exposure to a space-like environment.
For the goal of studying the effects of microgravity on the human body, the team requires a team of 24 volunteers.