This week will see the second ESA bedrest study investigating a mix of antioxidants and vitamins that could help astronauts to combat the side effects of living in space.
Ten volunteers will lie in beds with the head end tilted down 6º for 60 days, keeping at least one shoulder on their bed at all times. Intense bedrest such as this is no fun: muscles and bones waste away, and the tilted beds makes blood and fluids move to the head – similar to the changes astronauts endure in space.
As all animals on Earth, humans have evolved to live in gravity so finding ways to stay healthy in weightlessness is important for further exploration of our Solar System. To test new exercise regimes, diets and understand what happens to astronauts, ESA conducts regular bedrest studies that simulate the effects of weightlessness on the human body.
Thousands of new jobs and boosted local economies are the direct results from ESA’s investment in young companies through its business incubators, which have now fostered more than 500 start-ups that adapt space technology and satellite services for use on Earth.
It’s not just lots of money, a personal trainer, and great genes.
Have you ever watched a popular television show, like Madame Secretary or Blindspot,and thought, Wow, that dress Archie Panjabi is wearing is amazing! I’m going to find out what brand it is and buy one for myself? And then you track down what brand the dress is by scouring Twitter or some fan site and order one, but when it arrives it hardly looks like the same dress and doesn’t fit you at all?
Well, there’s a good reason for that.
Every single article of clothing an actor wears in a television show (yes, even Law and Order) has been altered specifically for them. For something like 25 years, I’ve worked as a TV and film tailor and patternmaker. Trust me, nothing is ever off the rack.