All posts tagged with sports

The problem of Lance retraction

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Retraction Watch comments on a provocative case: Should a scientific paper that measured Lance Armstrong’s exercise physiology during his Tour de France days...

Close contact skin microbiome smashup

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Roller derby scientist Kate Clancy reviews a paper about skin microbiome migration among roller derby teams during matches: “Roller Derby Teammates Give Each...

Enmeshed in technology

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Anthropology and technology combine in a Sarah Bakewell piece about the most recent Channel swimmer, Karen Throsby: “Man is a work in progress, constantly ad...

Twins separated at sport

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The Shortcuts Blog discusses British runner Mo Farah, his identical twin Hassan, the heritability of extreme performance: “Could Mo Farah’s talent have run i...

Throwback to earlier dopes

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In its continuing series of Olympics lead-ups, the Guardian enters this one: “Sports doping, Victorian style”. The story covers the great scandal of coca lea...

Sex, steroids and sport

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The Guardian is giving us some pre-London-Olympic buildup, including an interesting article about the impact of strategies to make female athletes more like ...

Gene doping mice

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Andy Coghlan reports on work using viral vectors to amp up mouse muscles, a form of “gene doping”, in New Scientist: “Blood tests won’t stop gene cheats”.

Sports and genetics

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Sports Are 80 Percent Mental has an interview with Peter Vint of the U.S. Olympic Committee: “Do Young Athletes Need Practice Or Genetics? A Conversation Wit...

Is modern man a "wimp"?

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That’s the conclusion of a Reuters article, which describes a book by Australian science writer Peter McAllister. The book is titled, Manthropology: The Scie...


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Do you need a Quatchi?

Caster Semenya

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Is there such a thing as “failing” a gender test?

Phelps and the supersuit

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If you’re wondering what the story is behind the Michael Phelps super-swimsuit story, Alan Boyle covers the science pretty well.

A gene doping summit

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The AP’s Howard Fendrich reports on an American Enterprise Institute conference about gene doping:

Bolt and Johnson as statistical outliers

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An interesting post from Justin Wolfers about statistical outliers and sprinters, referencing a New York Times story about Usain Bolt, along with a key graph...