September 18, 2012
Astronaut John Grunsfeld

A close-up of Astronaut John Grunsfeld shows the reflection of Astronaut Andrew Feustel, perched on the robotic arm and taking the photo. The pair teamed together on three of the five spacewalks during Servicing Mission 4 in May 2009.     Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Astronaut Races Triathlon In Space

Virtually contested the Nautica Malibu Triathlon

Sunita Williams became the first NASA astronaut to complete a triathlon in space after running, biking, and “swimming” along with athletes competing in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. "I'm happy to be done," said Williams. "It wasn't easy, and I'm sure everybody in California's very happy to be done, too." Williams swam a half-mile, biked 18 miles and ran four miles finishing in a time of one hour, 48 minutes, and 33 seconds. She used the space station’s treadmill and stationary bike plus the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device to approximate swimming. Williams began training before arriving at the space station this July and ran a seven-mile race in space as part of her training. On her last stay at the space station, she ran the Boston Marathon on a treadmill finishing with the time of four hours, 23 minutes, and 10 seconds.



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Examining Paul Ryan's Body-Fat Claim

Six to eight percent called an exaggeration

Conceivably, a man who ran a sub-three-hour marathon could have six percent body fat. Paul Ryan is not that man, and it appears he might have another fitness-related fracas on his hands. Back in 2010, when being interviewed by Politico about the Capitol Hill P90X exercise group he led—“It works because it’s called muscle confusion, it hits your body in many different ways,” Ryan said—the noted workout enthusiast, unprompted, told Mike Allen, “I keep my body fat between six and eight percent.” Unlikely, according to Outside correspondent Bill Gifford, writing for Slate. Other six to eight percent body-fatters: Olympic 100-meter sprinters and world-class boxers, marathoners, and wrestlers. Not even Tour de France cyclists (eight to nine percent) or collegiate swimmers (9.5 percent) come in at the Ryan range. While it’s not impossible that the vice-presidential candidate is telling the truth, as Giffords notes, maintaining a body fat level of six to eight percent is pretty much a (terrible) full-time job. “It’s hard to sustain,” said Gary Hunter, a physiology professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Physiologically, you aren’t going to be functioning real well. Your strength levels will probably go down, you will feel fatigued, and your hormone levels will be disturbed.”

Via Slate


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Dog Shoots the Hand That Feeds Him

Hunter forgives "adorable" Basset Hound

A hunter says he has forgiven his Blue Gascony Basset Hound for shooting him in the hand during a hunting trip on Sunday. The 55-year-old Frenchman, Rene, who declined to give his full name, told radio station France-Bleu Perigord that he was hunting deer with his three dogs and that the youngest of them got a bit too excited. “He jumped on me as if to give me a hug,” Rene said, “and as he jumped, his paw hit the trigger.” The man's son drove him to the hospital, but the tissue damage was too extensive and doctors were forced to amputate. "It wasn't the dog's fault," Rene told the radio station. "And he's adorable! I should have left the [gun's] safety on, that's all."

Via Irish Times