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Meat of the future might be quite different from meat of the past. Stanley Kubrick, photographer, LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ6-2352.

So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks

It's relatively easy to grow a bunch of animal cells to turn into a burger. But to grow a steak made of cultured meat is a trickier task. Bioengineers must create organized, three-dimensional tissues.
Some people experience cramps frequently after vigorous, high-intensity exercise. from shutterstock.com

Health check: why do we get muscle cramps?

It's not just elite sportspeople who get muscle cramps. If you've ever experienced one, you'll know how painful they are. But why do we get them, and is there anything to be done?
With so many products on the market, it’s hard to know which supplements are scientifically proven to work. David van der Mark/Flickr

Health Check: which sports supplements actually work?

Here are some of the more popular sports supplements on the market today, separated into categories based on how effective and safe research shows they are.
How do they do while sleeping what we can barely do at all? Carlos Bustamante Restrepo

Neuromechanics of flamingos’ amazing feats of balance

These birds spend long periods, often asleep, standing on one leg. Is it passive biomechanics or active nervous system control of their muscles that allows them to do easily what's impossible for us?
The force on a triple jumper’s bones is 15 times their body weight. www.shutterstock.com

What exercise does to your bones

Studying how athletes' bones contort during exercise is helping scientists understand which exercise is best for maintaining healthy bones as we age.

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