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Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists

 
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Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists
Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists
2009 06 10

By Richard Alleyne | Telegraph.co.uk

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Making long space journeys, like those envisaged in the future, will not be good for your looks or figure, claim scientists who believe they will leave astronauts looking short, fat and bald.

They believe living permanently in space for many years, perhaps even for many generations, adversely affects human's looks because they will not require any effort to move or keep warm.

Near zero gravity would leave humans stunted and cause their bones and muscles to be underdeveloped, said astrobiologist Dr Lewis Dartnell.
They will also have bloated faces and lose their hair because fluid would pool in their skulls and there would be no need for insulation from the cold.

Dr Dartnell, from University College London, admitted that by the time they reach their destination they may not pass an audition for Star Trek.
"With little effort required to move around in microgravity and an environment that is never too hot or cold, future spacemen and women are likely to become pretty chubby," he said.

"Without gravity, fluid would float up to pool in the skull, which would cause the head to look permanently swollen out of proportion.

"Also, with no need for hair to insulate the head or eyelashes to flick dust from their eyes, future humans may become completely hairless."

Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Dr Dartnell also addressed the question of what aliens on other worlds might look like.

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Re: Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists
When we will travel long distance in space we will have artificial gravity in our ships.
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Re: Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists
Well there goes that idea.


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Re: Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists
"Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly".

Scientists have named it the “Rosie O’Donnell” effect…
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Re: Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists
"Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly".

Scientists have named it the “Rosie O’Donnell” effect…
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LOL - I was gonna say

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Re: Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists
Well there goes that idea.


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ever heard of artificial gravity? i don't think those so called "scientist" did...guess they are not all that intelligent.

homo sapiens still does not think out of his little ignorant box. with waaay further evolved high tech crafts, equipped with artificial gravity and some other neat stuff, it is no problem.

"scientist" yeah right...what ever...my ass...
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Re: Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists
The telegraph puts out some of the most stupid, unscientific garbage I've ever read.

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