When large chunks of muscle are lost in severe injuries, they don't grow back. But now, scientists have discovered a way to regenerate some lost muscle with material from pig bladders—a technique actually quite common in medicine.
Creatine has been wildly popular since the 1990s. It's touted as a shortcut to gaining lean muscle mass, and packed into everything from supplement pills and powders to sports drinks. But how does it work, if at all? Is it even safe? Allow us to demystify this strange chemical beast.
If you've always yearned for a washboard stomach, and you can do a thousand crunches but you still aren't seeing results, you're not alone. But never fear! Everyone has a six pack under there (somewhere), you've just got to know what to do to get it out in the open.
This polymer film is expanding and contracting like a muscle, and looks pretty alive doing it, but the energy is coming from water vapor, not black magic. Go figure.
Every time you wash your hands using antibacterial soap you probably feel good because you're not spreading bugs. But check the bottle and you'll probably find the soap contains triclosan—a chemical that has just been shown to impair muscle function in humans.
Stiff muscles definitely benefit from a rub down, but scientists have never quite known why. Now, a team of researchers has shown that it works by changing your gene expression — quite literally, your body is hard-coded to release pain-easing chemicals when you're massaged.
Frogs really should have fantastically strong leg muscles to jump as far as they do. And yet their leg muscles are only a fraction as powerful as they would need to be...so where does this leaping power really come from?
Dinosaurs ruled Earth for 160 million years, but they didn't get that way by running everywhere. What little we can tell about dinosaur anatomy suggests they could barely run at all. But they could power walk...thanks to their muscular rumps.
Here's a nice counterbalance for our previous report on Carnotaurus's wimpy arms - it turns out any shortcomings in its arms were more than made up for with its super-strong tail, which made it one of the fastest hunters around.
It was a big day today for dinosaur news! First we found out that the T-Rex was even bigger than we thought. And now we've learned that the two-horned Carnotaurus was way faster than scientists realized.
Bat mouths are already pretty much completely awesome, thanks to their amazing echolocation abilities. So this almost seems like overkill: bats are the first known mammals to possess superfast muscles, moving a hundred times faster than the average human muscle.
Migrating thousands of miles every year requires insane amounts of energy. But that's still nothing compared to the amount of water birds need to remain hydrated... and the drastic steps birds take to find all that water.
This is 'Muscle,' the latest outdoor seating design from French artist Alexandre Moronnoz. Along with Moronnoz's earlier works, Muscle makes a strong argument for moving to a world where form matches function in even our most everyday settings.
These next gen carbon nanotube muscles have "diamond-like" stiffness side to side, but are as flexible as rubber when moved perpendicularly. When voltage is applied to the structures, they contract with a pulling force 30 times the force per unit of human muscles.
Feeble people of the world, rejoice, because the "magic mirror" will show your inner anatomy, demonstrating that below all my wine-and-tapas-induced bag of jell-o fat, there are some bones and muscles. Or so I think.
I was overcome with nostalgic joy this fine afternoon when I first laid eyes on these M.U.S.C.L.E Men USB dongles (short for Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere). The memories! These fleshy pink rubber men, featuring unforgettable names like Muscle Man, Mr. Blocky and Mr. Tea (teacup for a head, duh!