This Viral Workout Hack Claims to Boost Performance – Science Says Otherwise


Have you already taken a workout supplement? I have friends and family who swear they need their tonics, shakes and drinks before, during and after training, otherwise something terrible will undoubtedly happen and their training will be deeply useless. Personally, I’ve tried protein powders – I even went through a phase of peanut butter tasting protein powder that I can’t stand the smell of anymore, let alone push it away. Or, spill it dry.

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Before you choke on your undiluted whey powder, keep scrolling for more stories about the latest feat from RocketLab, a space industry startup and a key consequence of the potential reversal of Roe vs. Wade for maternal health.

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Rocket Lab successfully hooked its launcher in flight with a helicopter.

The mission, called “Out and Back,” began when the company’s Electron rocket blasted off from Pad A of Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 6:49 p.m. Eastern Monday.

After several dozen satellites were delivered to low Earth orbit, the first stage descended, parachuting down as a helicopter carrying CEO Peter Beck. on board made an air rendezvous at 6,500 feet.

Rocket Lab performed the sky capture with its Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, which dropped a hook on a long line to snag Electron’s parachute line. The company had previously demonstrated this recovery maneuver in March 2020.

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Followers believe that dry pickup is an easy gateway to peak performance and gives an instant energy boost. But sports nutritionists, doctors and athletes warn against this practice.

Here’s how it works: you scoop up your pre-workout supplement powder, then you spill all that dry powder like it’s a shot of tequila and swallow it. Fast, efficient, effective, right?

“Dry Pickup Makes No Sense” Jose Antonioprofessor of health and human performance at Nova South Western University and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutritionrecount Reverse.

At best, the dry pickup probably doesn’t taste good and will likely draw teasing from your gym mates. At worst, health professionals say picking up dry can cause choking or lead to the powder being inhaled directly into the lungs, increasing the risk of infection, pneumonia or respiratory complications. Some reports have even linked dry pickup to heart problems and heart attacks because pre-workout powder usually contains stimulants like caffeine.

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Justice Alito’s proposed Supreme Court ruling would overturn landmark abortion cases, posing real dangers to maternal health. The draft argument ignores several scientific and legal realities. For one, the shockingly high maternal mortality rates in the United States.

Maternal death is defined by the World Health Organization as death occurring during pregnancy, childbirth or immediately thereafter which can be attributed to such pregnancy or childbirth.

The United States has maternal mortality rates twice those of comparable countries. Data from 2020 shows that in the United States there were 23.8 deaths per 100,000 live births. That’s up from 20.1 in 2019 and 17.4 in 2018.

The numbers for non-Hispanic black women are even worse, at 55.3 deaths per 100,000 births. According to the CDC, an estimate 60 percent of maternal deaths are preventable. Despite this reality, the numbers tend in the opposite direction, we see After maternal deaths than in previous years.

While Alito may be right to suggest that single mothers are less stigmatized than they were in 1973, pregnancy and childbirth aren’t necessarily significantly safer in this country today than they were in 1973.

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Beware of the Black Widow Pulsar!Shutterstock

Black Widow binaries are powered by pulsars – rapidly rotating neutron stars, which are the extraordinarily dense cores of dead stars that each pack a mass of up to 2.17 times the mass of the Sun in the size of a city. Pulsars can spin at dizzying speeds, whirling hundreds of times per second, emitting flashes of gamma rays and X-rays like high-powered headlights.

Normally, pulsars spin and settle into life like ordinary neutron stars because they burn up an enormous amount of energy. However, in a black widow binary, the pulsar’s companion breathes new life into the dead star. The pulsar’s gravity – strong enough to crush protons with electrons to form neutrons – tears matter away from its companion, a stream of plasma whose force helps push the pulsar upwards. The pulsar then emits energy that further strips its companion, ultimately destroying it.

In a new study published Wednesday in the magazine Nature, scientists have found perhaps the most tightly coupled black widow binary to date, one whose partners are so close the duo could fit inside our Sun. Much of this remains a mystery, hinting that this discovery may be a case of mistaken identity and that the researchers may have found something entirely new to science.

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