SHOWING some impressive cardiovascular performance, a 60-year-old former US Marine has just set a new world record for “planking” by holding the push-up position on his elbows for just over ten hours.
George Hood beat the previous record – set in Beijing in May 2016 by Mao Weidong – by two hours, saying the challenge was “physically the most excruciating I’ve ever put myself through”.
Hood was raising money for a children’s charity in Chicago, with the feat complementing his other world record for spending more than 111 hours riding on a stationary bicycle.
Good news for the deodorant category – British researchers believe they may have found a new way to target body odour.
The teams from York and Oxford Universities say they now understand the mechanism behind stinky pits, with the smell created by skin bacteria from “virtually odourless” armpit sweat.
Modern deodorants act by inhibiting or killing underarm bacteria, but only a small number of micro-organisms there are actually responsible for the smell.
The researchers said Staphylococcus hominis is to blame, using a “transport” protein to transform sweat compounds into smells – meaning there is the potential to create a “guided weapon” against BO.