RecreationLeisure activities, including sports, travel, entertainment and hobbies
In 1954, a special issue of Collier's magazine envisioned a ten-ship flotilla to the red planet.
July 30, 2012 | By Matt Novak
How to tell which countries will take home more bling, and why weight lifting matters.
July 30, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
A continuation of last week's list of the author's favorite reads
July 27, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Statistics could help predict just how fast athletes will run and swim at this summer's Olympics.
July 27, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
An extraordinary insula helps elite athletes better anticipate their body's upcoming feelings, improving their physical reactions
July 26, 2012 | By Sandra Upson
In the modern Olympics’ early days, painters, sculptors, writers and musicians battled for gold, silver and bronze
July 25, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
The recent fatal shark attack off Western Australia has ignited a debate there over whether the fish should continue to be protected
July 24, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
July 24th marks double jackpot for the intrepid explorers of years past as well for as fans of the latest photographic trend, "ruin porn."
July 24, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
When the athletes hit the track at this summer's Olympic games, they'll be stepping onto a surface as finely tuned as they are.
July 24, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Scientists examine the difference between two distinct freestyle strokes in order to determine the most efficient stroke around.
July 23, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Now I know what to do with my jar of Turkish liras, Cambodian riels and Irish 50-pence pieces.
July 23, 2012 | By Susan Spano
Reading while traveling can serve as a sensory supplement to one's surrounding environment. Here's a list of some of my favorite books and where to read them
July 21, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
From Waldi the dachshund to Mukmuk the marmot, test your memory of the the Olympic Games' colorful representatives
July 19, 2012 | By Jesse Rhodes
With perhaps 600 million strays skirmishing for food on the fringe of the human world, street dogs are a common element of travel just about everywhere
July 18, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Among the treasures that will be on display when the park's new museum opens later this year are 30 pieces donated by the legendary architect
July 18, 2012 | By Susan Spano
While some might see the lack of a hand as an end to a life of cooking, Jennifer Griffin figured out how to revamp and revise her methodology for pulling a meal together
July 18, 2012 | By Jesse Rhodes
In Leanne Shapton's Swimming Studies "Bathing" chapter, there's a story behind every suit
July 17, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Prepare yourself for the London Olympics with this comprehensive guide to the history, science, arts and thrills of the worldwide celebration
July 16, 2012 | By Smithsonian.com
In the ocean waters just off California's Central Coast, the fish are swarming this summer like they haven't in years
July 12, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Winning streaks are engrained into our sports psyches, but are they actually a legitimate phenomoenon?
July 11, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer