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Muscles Help Men Be Seen as Leaders

The same does not appear to be true for women

(Newser) - There's only so much a person can do about certain leadership qualities, such as high intelligence. But researchers out of Berkeley and Oklahoma State University report in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that the more muscular a man is, the more likely he is to be seen... More »

Ruling: Brain Is a Muscle, So Bridge Is a Sport

Chess and board games may soon join the ranks as 'mind' sports

(Newser) - It turns out that your 60-something aunt retired to Florida to be a jock, and the "mind games" she dominates aren't the ones you're thinking of. Rather, bridge is an actual sport because the brain is a muscle, a judge in the UK has ruled, and other... More »

Young Blood Can Reverse Aging Process

Researchers find the fountain of youth—in blood?

(Newser) - Who knew blood-sucking vampires were actually onto something? According to new US studies, the blood of young mice can rejuvenate the brains and muscles of older mice, effectively reversing the impact of aging, the New York Times reports. "I am extremely excited," says a professor. "These findings... More »

Why Guys' Noses Are Bigger

It's about getting more oxygen to maintain muscles: scientists

(Newser) - Men need bigger noses because they tend to have more muscle—meaning they need more oxygen, a new study suggests. Researchers followed the growth of 18 women and 20 men from age three to past 20. While kids' nose sizes weren't much different between sexes, male noses started getting... More »

Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Spells Trouble for Muscles

Triclosan inhibited muscle function of human heart cells in test tubes

(Newser) - If you're an antibacterial-soap junkie, it might be time to cut back. A three-part study suggests triclosan, a common chemical found in such products, slows muscle function in both human and animals. A paper published yesterday outlines the experiments: Scientists exposed human heart and skeletal muscle cells to levels... More »

Does Chocolate Build Muscle?

Scientists say, "sort of"

(Newser) - Can you finally replace your energy bar with a candy bar? Scientists have discovered a connection between chocolate and building muscle, reports the New York Times . Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have found that giving mice a purified form of epicatechin—the main nutritional ingredient of... More »

Six-Pack Abs? Overrated.

Well, in advertising at least

(Newser) - Well guys, if you’re going to the gym for the sole purpose of attracting women…you can stop. Women in an Australian advertising study rated thin or somewhat chubby men at least as highly as those with so-called “six-pack abs,” the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Older teens... More »

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