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Stadium Acoustics Pump Up the Volume
soccer, venues, acoustics
April 14th, 2014
At sports venues designed to maximize crowd atmosphere, beware of hearing loss.
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Behind Sochi: The Science of the Winter Olympics
Shani Davis skating technology
February 12th, 2014
A new video series gives a unique science and engineering perspective on the Olympics.
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One-Sport Girls Risk More Injury, Weight Gain (Op-Ed)
sports, multiple sports
September 24th, 2013
A one-sport focus may be the last thing a young athlete needs for success.
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Why Winter Endurance Athletes Compete In So Many Races
Skier, olympics, superhuman efforts
February 19th, 2014
After superhuman efforts, athletes often race again just days later.
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Why Speed Skaters Perform Better At Higher Elevation
Speed skaters competing, sochi 2014
February 10th, 2014
Sochi's elevation makes speed-skating world records unlikely.
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Sliding On Tennis' Hard Courts Inspires Awe, Poses Risks
tennis, tennis ball, U.S. Open, sliding technique
August 27th, 2013
Technique mystifies experts and gains traction among pro players.
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Homo Erectus Was The Original Starting Pitcher
differences between chimpanzees and humans
June 26th, 2013
Humans' unique throwing ability dawned 2 million years ago.
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Slow, Slushy Snow Makes Ski Wax Vital at Olympics
Clemence Grimal of France, halfpipe semifinals
February 12th, 2014
Skiers at Sochi must combat slushy courses with secret wax technology.
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Super Bowl Science: How Cold Weather Could Affect the Big Game
Metlife stadium at night
January 31st, 2014
Football fans hoping for a snowy Super Bowl on Sunday may be out of luck, but temperatures for the Big Game could still dip to chilly lows, meaning players and spectators should take care to protect themselves from the wintry conditions, experts say.
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Can You Calculate the Impact of Cheating in Sports? (Op-Ed)
The United States Anti-Doping Agency claims to have blood tests from Lance Armstrong that are "fully consistent" with blood doping.
August 2nd, 2013
Cheating scandals don't only hurt winners who get caught, they hurt competitors who refuse to break the rules.
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