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Contact Sports Athletes More Likely to Carry MRSA
mrsa bacteria under a microscope
October 9th, 2014
College athletes who play contact sports, such as football and soccer, are more likely to harbor the superbug MRSA than athletes who play non-contact sports, a new study finds.
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Gaming as Spectator Sport
gaming, video games
August 31st, 2014
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The Beautiful Game and The Beautiful Mind (Op-Ed)
An artists image of a human mind.
June 24th, 2014
Why are certain events remembered in more detail than others? Are these specific memories less susceptible to be forgotten over time?
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Fighting Hockey Concussions with Safer Helmets (Op-Ed)
USA vs. Canada in Innsbruck, Austria, hockey, concussion
September 29th, 2014
New helmet ratings, based on laboratory testing, will let consumers know which hockey protection is best at preventing concussions.
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Virtual Worlds Can Be As Fulfilling As Real Life (Op-Ed)
gaming, professional gamer, sports
August 15th, 2014
Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming.
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Peering Inside the World Cup's Brazuca Ball
brazuca, soccer ball, world cup, adidas
June 12th, 2014
The World Cup is the most-watched sporting event on Earth, and this year's Brazuca soccer ball is a marvel of engineering.
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Keeping Your Eyes On The Ball May Be Essential
baseball, sight, tracking, hand-eye coordination
May 14th, 2014
Eye-tracking rig confirms that players must watch the ball to catch it.
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Jetpack Could Rocket Runners to 4-Minute Mile
The jetpack.
September 25th, 2014
The newest jetpack won't help you realize your dreams of flying across the sky, but it could help you run a mile in just four minutes.
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By Viewers, World Cup Outpaces Super Bowl
America, World cup, soccer
July 2nd, 2014
It’s official: more people in the US are streaming the World Cup than this year’s Superbowl, so it’s no surprise sports channel ESPN this week reported a 46% increase in viewership in group round games from 2010 to 2014.
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