Sunday, May 23, 2010
Spacemen have tickly feet?
The astronauts returning on Space Shuttle Atlantis will have a special task ahead. Wilfrid Laurier University, Professor Stephen Perry is a researcher keen to quantify the influence of space travel on foot sensitivity. Specially trained researchers will systematically tickle the feet of the astronauts in a scientific experiment . According to Perry foot sole sensation is a critical factor in balance control and he wants to determine whether weightlessness improves equilibrium. Mr. Perry has already developed a special shoe that alerts seniors when they are listing too much, reducing fall-related injuries.