Tagged: sport

Fair play at the Olympics: testosterone and female athletes - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 21, 2016

By Peter Sonksen, University of Southampton and Daryl Adair, University of Technology Sydney There are performance differences between the sexes in elite sport. It has long been assumed that contrasting levels of testosterone in men and women can largely account for that gap, but new scientific studies are bringing that into question. Read More

Special Licences and the Rugby World Cup - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 27, 2015

So, what’s the deal with special licences then? The Greens’ minority view on legislation enabling extended bar hours during the Rugby World Cup noted that special licences can do the job that the legislation is meant to do, and that the committee heard no evidence of special licence applications being refused and no submissions from licensees dissatisfied with the process. Read More

Football referees aren’t just wrong, they’re biased - The Dismal Science

James Zuccollo Jun 18, 2014

Football penalties are often controversial and the first couple of days of the World Cup have already provided one dubious decision. Luckily for the referee’s personal safety it favoured the hosts, Brazil. But, according to Randal Olson’s fascinating analysis of penalty decisions, there may be more than luck involved: 70.6% of all penalty kicks were awarded to […] … Read More

Of Curling and Quinoa - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 08, 2014

I love this Colby Cosh piece on curling:The funny thing is that curling, even with money at stake, is formidably immune to most of the ugliness that modernity imposes on sport—the frantic marketing, the soul-killing training, the illicit performance-enhancers, the odiousness of billionaire ownership. Curling is unruinable. It will never be invaded by monsters with overdeveloped right arms. It … Read More

Bionic arms and tattoos - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 12, 2013

I’ll move on from bionics, but this video from Bebionic illustrates how advanced prosthetics have become.   And the company MC10 is developing temporary flexible electronic tattoos for monitoring health and physical activities. This gives a great illustration of one the directions healthcare and sport are heading.       … Read More