Sunday, September 13, 2009

Scientist levitate mice using “no-gravity simulator”

An antigravity machine? Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion lab in Flintridge (CA) are using one to test the effects of zero-gravity on bone density in mice. (LA Times) Not only have the scientists succeeded in levitating the mice, they plan on leaving mice in the “no-gravity simulator” for weeks. How do the mice feel about that? The first mouse freaked out after “he started to spin and got disoriented." Tests on sedated mice went more smoothly. But later, even the mice that weren’t drugged “began acting normally inside the cage, eating and drinking while floating.”

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