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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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Rocket Man Redux
15 January 1998 8:00 pm
The word is out: It's all systems "go" for former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn (D-OH), 76. NASA is expected to announce tomorrow that the grizzled space veteran can go on one last space flight, the Associated Press reported this afternoon. In 1962, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
In lobbying for the chance to fly aboard the space shuttle, Glenn has offered to serve as a guinea pig for tests on the effect of weightlessness on the aging body. He has argued that what happens to the body in zero gravity--including bone thinning, immune system changes, dizziness, loss of muscle tone, and sleep disturbances--resembles processes that also occur in aging.
After the 1986 Challenger explosion, NASA made a rule that no civilians could go up in space. That will have to be changed to accommodate Glenn. NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin, reportedly worried that the flight would be derided as a publicity stunt, is said to have pondered this decision for months.