Medicine: Space for Women

In mid-September, twelve female nurses embarked upon a five-week routine of pedaling, dieting, spinning and bed rest at NASA'S Ames Research Center in California. They patiently endured such triumphs of technology as electronic heart monitors tucked into their bras and pill-sized sensors that transmitted temperature data from the vagina by way of a "bio-belt" worn around the waist. The experiment was designed to find out whether weightlessness and re-entry forces like those experienced by astronauts affect females more severely than males. To the delight of the test subjects—and of NASA critics who...

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