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    Dear all,

    Thanks to everyone who tackled the Science Quiz about the only activity
    you can't do in Space. Here is a short summary of the suggestions...

    Weight-lift (2)
    Skip rope (2)
    Breathe (2) ,talk/live

    I'll now (at considerable risk of being flamed) tell you what the
    Science Museum answer was...


    Before you start complaining, I will say that my own colleague, Fran
    Sheehan, got it in an instant (that's a Stanford education for you!),
    and denies having heard the riddle before.

    I'm tempted to say that weight(inertia)-lifting is at least possible
    during the acceleration phase! Swimming is conceivable, I think, if the
    water could be contained. Skipping rope would, I admit, be difficult,
    but could (I tentatively suggest) be contrived by the appropriate
    apparatus - as applies to breathing and talking. However, to get tears
    to run down the cheeks would be a tough exercise in physics.

    So, perhaps another draw card for Mr. Tito's space tourism venture might
    be it's, outwardly at least, anti-depressant effects!

    Dr. Chris Kirtley MD PhD
    Associate Professor
    HomeCare Technologies for the 21st Century (Whitaker Foundation)
    NIDRR Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on TeleRehabilitation
    Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Pangborn 105B
    Catholic University of America
    620 Michigan Ave NE
    Washington, DC 20064
    Tel. 202-319-6247, fax 202-319-4287

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