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(Forbes)   NASA to pay volunteers $18,000 to lie in bed for 70 straight days. Otherwise known by teens as the perfect summer job   (forbes.com) divider line 34
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2013-09-20 08:21:43 AM
I have it on good authority that this "job" is not nearly as fun as it sounds. Something about how the end result is to study the muscle atrophy, bone loss, and blood-pressure shenanigans that occur when a human spends too much time in zero gravity.
 
2013-09-20 08:30:00 AM
As a scientist who ran one of those tests (90 days) in Galveston several years back, I can confirm it is not as fun as it sounds.  Some subjects took it better than others, but the physical effects are pretty significant (loss of 4-8% bone density, serious muscle atrophy, etc).  The 6 degree head down tilt is REALLY hard to get used to for quite a few (your feet are up in the air).

Keep in mind: They cannot get up for ANYTHING...

The point is to study treatments for microgravity, which you can't really do in space (as the astronauts are busy doing their jobs).
 
2013-09-20 08:43:19 AM
If you pay 'volunteers', you're actually hiring temps.  Just ask the IRS.  And no, they won't leave the employer alone even if it's another chunk of government.
 
2013-09-20 08:45:18 AM
The clarification in the last paragraph didn't clarify anything. We still dont know how they expect you to pee/poop.
 
2013-09-20 08:49:01 AM
I don't think I could last 70 minutes awake in bed, especially after the three day nap that I would take at the very beginning.
 
2013-09-20 08:53:15 AM

sethen320: The clarification in the last paragraph didn't clarify anything. We still dont know how they expect you to pee/poop.


Bedpan
 
2013-09-20 08:54:21 AM

Pixel_Jockey: I don't think I could last 70 minutes awake in bed, especially after the three day nap that I would take at the very beginning.


IIRC (it's been a few years since the study) wake up was at 0600
 
2013-09-20 09:01:22 AM
For the whole 15 weeks, that comes out to 63k a year to have your body atrophy before your very eyes while your mind's stability falters.

So worth it!
 
2013-09-20 09:02:46 AM

Feepit: For the whole 15 weeks, that comes out to 63k a year to have your body atrophy before your very eyes while your mind's stability falters.

So worth it!


Well, since you put it that way...

SIGN ME UP
 
2013-09-20 09:04:02 AM

Feepit: 15 weeks


I think they probably require you to be less dumb at math to participate.
 
2013-09-20 09:09:07 AM
In theory, this sounds awesome. In bed all day, don't have to get up and do anything, meals are brought to you, etc. In reality, this would blow. It would surprise me if most people didn't end up sick with so much inactivity. I feel like a disgusting slob if I'm in bed for more than 10-12 hours, I can't imagine 70 straight days of that.
 
2013-09-20 09:15:43 AM

Bacontastesgood: Feepit: 15 weeks

I think they probably require you to be less dumb at math to participate.


I think they require you to read the article. In addition to the 70 days, there are pre and post-testing periods that extend it out to 15 weeks.
 
2013-09-20 09:21:54 AM
Couldn't they just watch Big Brother? Same difference.
 
2013-09-20 09:24:56 AM
FTA: "followed by ninety minutes one on one with a psychologist"

that poor psychologist.... in 90 minutes I could have him believing my real name was Zaphod Beeblebrox, ex president of the Andromeda galaxy, and I once partied with Thor in the UK on my way to a another party halfway across the universe.
 
2013-09-20 09:59:09 AM

bearcats1983: In theory, this sounds awesome. In bed all day, don't have to get up and do anything, meals are brought to you, etc. In reality, this would blow. It would surprise me if most people didn't end up sick with so much inactivity. I feel like a disgusting slob if I'm in bed for more than 10-12 hours, I can't imagine 70 straight days of that.


They do a pretty heavy screen before hand to try to weed out those who they don't think will cut it (and are pretty good at it from my 2-year experience there).  They also push for subjects to have a "plan" for their time of 60-90 days; learn a language, complete an online course, compose music (we had 2 guitar players and one subject with a mix-table), or (in the case of two subjects) play playstation all day.

Some did just sort of sit there all day, they were also clearly the least happy subjects.
 
2013-09-20 10:06:13 AM
So... I assume conjugal visits are not allowed?
 
2013-09-20 10:15:56 AM

PhDemented: bearcats1983: In theory, this sounds awesome. In bed all day, don't have to get up and do anything, meals are brought to you, etc. In reality, this would blow. It would surprise me if most people didn't end up sick with so much inactivity. I feel like a disgusting slob if I'm in bed for more than 10-12 hours, I can't imagine 70 straight days of that.

They do a pretty heavy screen before hand to try to weed out those who they don't think will cut it (and are pretty good at it from my 2-year experience there).  They also push for subjects to have a "plan" for their time of 60-90 days; learn a language, complete an online course, compose music (we had 2 guitar players and one subject with a mix-table), or (in the case of two subjects) play playstation all day.

Some did just sort of sit there all day, they were also clearly the least happy subjects.


I think the only way to do it would be to keep your mind busy as much as possible. Boredom would be tough to combat though. Playing Skyrim, etc all day, everyday would get really boring after about a week. Have to diversify the activities a little.
 
2013-09-20 10:17:55 AM
Ironic that they need people in extremely good shape...which would be the people for whom lying in bed for 70 days would be the hardest thing to deal with.
 
2013-09-20 10:33:40 AM

PhDemented: They also push for subjects to have a "plan" for their time of 60-90 days; learn a language, complete an online course, compose music (we had 2 guitar players and one subject with a mix-table), or (in the case of two subjects) play playstation all day.


Hmmm, do really well for a semester of online grad work or catch up on all those games I keep buying on Steam even though I don't have time to play them... tough call.
 
2013-09-20 10:49:08 AM
This sounds like a living hell, and I love sleep.
 
2013-09-20 10:51:43 AM
My hands would be so callused
 
2013-09-20 11:16:06 AM

Lukeonia1: I have it on good authority that this "job" is not nearly as fun as it sounds. Something about how the end result is to study the muscle atrophy, bone loss, and blood-pressure shenanigans that occur when a human spends too much time in zero gravity.


Yeah, you only need to think about it for a second to realize this is not an enjoyable notion, and I too love sleep.
 
2013-09-20 11:35:31 AM
I spent 45 days in a coma once. Muscle atrophy is no fun. Would not take this job. Not gonna happen.
 
2013-09-20 11:49:30 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: FTA: "followed by ninety minutes one on one with a psychologist"

that poor psychologist.... in 90 minutes I could have him believing my real name was Zaphod Beeblebrox, ex president of the Andromeda galaxy, and I once partied with Thor in the UK on my way to a another party halfway across the universe.


to bad the party crashed eh?
 
2013-09-20 12:02:47 PM
" Scientists know that from what we've seen of guys who spend a lot of time in space, the results aren't pretty."

But let's keep farking that manned space fairy tale and not study our life processes.
 
2013-09-20 12:04:16 PM
So, is this also a study of pressure sores?
 
2013-09-20 12:04:56 PM
Don't worry, it'll only feel like a year.

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2013-09-20 12:08:12 PM

Feepit: I think they require you to read the article. In addition to the 70 days, there are pre and post-testing periods that extend it out to 15 weeks.


Ah, fair enough, sorry.  I had not had my morning coffee.
 
2013-09-20 12:20:58 PM

Feepit: For the whole 15 weeks, that comes out to 63k a year to have your body atrophy before your very eyes while your mind's stability falters.

So worth it!


Ha!
 
2013-09-20 01:24:44 PM

bearcats1983: I think the only way to do it would be to keep your mind busy as much as possible. Boredom would be tough to combat though. Playing Skyrim, etc all day, everyday would get really boring after about a week. Have to diversify the activities a little.


They have an activity coordinator who comes in every day (or other day, can't remember)... the aides often came in with stacks of DVDs from blockbuster and the gurneys would all be rolled into the common area for movie time.  Subjects will play games with the aides (cards, dominoes, etc), some read, some do arts and crafts, some play video games, some just didn't talk much and I don't know what they did.

Finally learned how to play dominoes during my stint there.
 
2013-09-20 03:31:42 PM

PhDemented: bearcats1983: I think the only way to do it would be to keep your mind busy as much as possible. Boredom would be tough to combat though. Playing Skyrim, etc all day, everyday would get really boring after about a week. Have to diversify the activities a little.

They have an activity coordinator who comes in every day (or other day, can't remember)... the aides often came in with stacks of DVDs from blockbuster and the gurneys would all be rolled into the common area for movie time.  Subjects will play games with the aides (cards, dominoes, etc), some read, some do arts and crafts, some play video games, some just didn't talk much and I don't know what they did.

Finally learned how to play dominoes during my stint there.


I would go absolutely insane. Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys insane.

And do they wheel people into private areas for...well... you know...
 
2013-09-20 03:33:52 PM

INeedAName: And do they wheel people into private areas for...well... you know...


There is a reason I was a researcher and not a subject in that one
 
2013-09-20 03:42:27 PM

PhDemented: INeedAName: And do they wheel people into private areas for...well... you know...

There is a reason I was a researcher and not a subject in that one


So what you are saying is you were the catcher.  Got it.
 
2013-09-21 03:07:41 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: " Scientists know that from what we've seen of guys who spend a lot of time in space, the results aren't pretty."

But let's keep farking that manned space fairy tale and not study our life processes.



Right, they're not studying life processes at all.  Once again you display severe idiocy in your attempt to snark against manned spaceflight.
 
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