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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 13
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2013-09-20 09:59:09 AM  
2 votes:

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 01:24:44 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:08:12 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:04:56 PM  
1 votes:
Don't worry, it'll only feel like a year.

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2013-09-20 11:16:06 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:49:08 AM  
1 votes:
This sounds like a living hell, and I love sleep.
2013-09-20 10:33:40 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:15:56 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:15:43 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:09:07 AM  
1 votes:
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 08:49:01 AM  
1 votes:
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 08:30:00 AM  
1 votes:
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 08:21:43 AM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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