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>> Scientists have recently confirmed Popeye's claim that spinach builds muscles (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2008 Apr 30; doi: 10.1021/jf073059z). Spinach has long been known to be rich in nutrients such as calcium and iron, but until now its ability to increase strength has never been proved. When placed on samples of human muscle in a laboratory, the chemicals in spinach sped growth by up to 20%. Unfortunately for people looking to follow Popeye's example, with the hope of increasing muscle mass, the team estimates that humans would have to eat more than 1 kg of spinach every day.
>> From July companies that run cigarette vending machines in Japan will be prosecuted if tobacco is sold to anyone under the legal age limit, 20. To thwart prosecution a vending machine is being developed that counts