Olympic Games

  • Super spikes: the next shoe advantage?

    Another controversy about technology giving an unfair advantage at the Olympics? Nike just do it.

    Rai Benjamin of the US may have won the silver medal for Men’s 400-metre hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics this week, but...

    Materials August 5, 2021
  • The Cosmos Big Olympic Quiz

    From racing a bull shark to lifting cows, these are the Olympic stats you didn’t know you needed.

    Grab your beers and put your thinking caps on, because it's time for the Cosmos Big Olympic Quiz – but don't expect i...

    Core Sciences August 3, 2021
  • Gold, silver and brass medals

    Tokyo’s Olympic medals made from recycled electronic devices.

    What are the Olympic medals made of? It seems an obvious answer – gold, silver, and bronze; it’s on the label! – but ...

    Chemistry July 30, 2021
  • Olympic cardboard beds win a silver medal

    Does cardboard cut it as furniture?

    The world’s best athletes are always the focus at Olympics, but this year in Tokyo they’ve been almost outperformed a...

    Materials July 29, 2021
  • How sustainable are the Olympic Games?

    Not very, according to a new evaluation.

    The International Olympic Committee’s Sustainability Strategy claims to support the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Su...

    Earth April 20, 2021
  • Five physics lessons for Olympic athletes

    Olympics stirring demonstration of human physical achievement.

    In the 200m sprint, the outside lane is actually the fastest (if not the best) Surprisingly, the speed of a sprinter ...

    Physics August 15, 2016
  • Mixed messages about risk of Zika

    Two new models of the epidemic.

    Favelas such as Roccinha in Rio de Janeiro provide ideal conditions for the spread of Zika among inhabitants, but vis...

    Biology July 26, 2016
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