Do you spend all of your free time lounging in bed? Have you always wanted to be an astronaut but are afraid of heights? Would you like to use your formidable napping skills to serve your country? Oh boy, does NASA have a job for you! The space exploration agency is planning a study to measure the effects of microgravity on the human body, and their methods are shockingly relaxing: they need people to lie in bed for 70 days. During this period, research subjects are welcome to read, sleep, play games, watch movies, videochat with friends, and even work remotely. They will be paid $18,000 for their time. The catch? You really, truly can’t leave the bed for the entirety of the study, and your mattress will be tilted head-down at a six-degree angle. That angle might not seem like a big deal, but it’s enough to shift your bodily fluids to the upper parts of your body and cause a cardiovascular reaction similar to what non-bedridden astronauts experience in space.
Think you’re up for the challenge? You’ll need to undergo a full Air Force physical and comprehensive psychological examination. “We want to make sure we select people who are mentally ready to spend 70 days in bed,” senior scientist Dr. Roni Cromwell told Forbes, seemingly unaware of the existence of Netflix. “Not every type of person can tolerate an extended time in bed.” If you believe your lounging skills are up to NASA’s standards, you can apply here. Godspeed. [Outside] [Photo of woman in bed via Shutterstock]
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Anyone who’s ever had their heart broken can tell you that shit hurts way more deeply and intensely than a stubbed toe or sprained ankle. This video by AsapScience explains the various scientific factors (Brain activity! Evolution!) that come together to create the very real pain of heartbreak. Fascinating stuff. Next I’m looking forward to science proving that a pint of Ben & Jerry’s is the one true cure, because based on my extensive field work, it totally is. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]
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Depression might be known more as a women’s disease, but new research shows men suffer just as much—only differently. When rage, risk-taking, and substance abuse are taken into account, men are just as likely to be diagnosed with depression as women, the study says. In fact, if nontraditional symptoms are properly identified, men may actually be more likely to suffer from major depression, the “Los Angeles Times” reports, adding it’s news that may help explain why men are four times more likely to commit suicide. Read more at Newser…
I’ve been staring at this photo of the Perseid meteor shower streaking across the milky way over the Lindisfarne Castle in the UK for the past 20 minutes. I guess I should actually start working soon, but damn, it’s so beautiful that I had to share. Oh, and just in case you want to catch some sweet meteor action for yourself, the Perseids will be visible for the next 10 days or so. Get out there and take a look tonight! [Daily Mail]