The classic starting gun leaves too much margin of error, so London has switch to an electronic beep.
August 02, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Clendenin's photos evoke the feeling that for all the changes seen by the modern Olympic games, the athletes themselves could easily be transposed across time.
August 01, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
A major botched call by referees during the World Cup has opened the door for computerized replacements
July 31, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
How to tell which countries will take home more bling, and why weight lifting matters.
July 30, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
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
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
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
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
In Leanne Shapton's Swimming Studies "Bathing" chapter, there's a story behind every suit
July 17, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
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
All along the roadways of America—and the world—there's figs, avocados and wild berries ripe for the picking
July 10, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius was born without bones in both of his lower legs and is a double amputee. But he will run in this summer's Olympics, the first amputee to compete in the games' track meets.
July 06, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
The two-piece bathing suit got skimpier and more scandalous in 1946 Paris
July 05, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Going abroad needn’t mean going flabby—determined globe-trotters can find pull-up bars and other outdoor gymnastics equipment in some of the most unexpected places.
July 03, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
100 years ago, Jim Thorpe became the greatest American Olympian of all time, but not if you ask the IOC
July 2012 | By Sally Jenkins
With amateurs and pros clamoring for answers, a psychologist who studies screw-ups comes through in the clutch
July 2012 | By Abigail Tucker