Science at the Winter Olympics

There's more to figure skating than spandex and sequins, specifically physics. Learn more about the science behind curling, speed skating and other Olympic events

Ice, Ice, Baby: The Physics of Curling

Mark Shegelski of the University of Northern British Columbia talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about the physics of curling, currently taking its turn on the world stage at the Vancouver Olympics. (Shegelski is also the author of the new sci-fi collection "Remembering the Future.") Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news


Going for the Gaunt: How Low Can an Athlete's Body Fat Go?

Olympic competitors such as Apolo Ohno are down near the 2 percent body-fat range. How do they get so lean, and is it wise to do so?


U.S. Olympic Skeleton Team Studies Sled Forces in High-Tech Simulator

Team members used test runs in a simulator created at Rensselaer Polytech to determine the best way to beat wind resistance


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