Why hibernating bears could hold the secret to human deep space exploration
Jul 11, 2015

While bears may be best at back-scratching, fish-swallowing and frightening picknickers, it's the nature of their hibernation that has NASA and medical scientists intrigued.

Though equipped with opposable thumbs and abstract thought, human beings don''t fare well on long space voyages and tend to experience severe muscle atrophy and bone density loss after prolonged cosmic excursions.  But researchers are now turning to the Ursus universe for answers as to how future astronauts may be able to make their missions more "bearable."