The First Detailed Study of How Mice Behave in Space Reveals Strange, Coordinated Zooming
by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo.com
New research based on experiments done on the International Space Station shows that mice adapt quickly to microgravity conditions. Unexpectedly, however, some of the mice began to exhibit a rather curious circling behavior, zipping around the walls of their metal cage with reckless abandon.
New research published today in Scientific Reports is providing the most comprehensive analysis to date on the behavior of mice in space. Studies of mice in space have been done before, including experiments done on the Space Shuttle, but the primary point of those efforts was to assess the viability of working with mice in microgravity. This new study actually took a look at their behavior, and also some aspects of their health.