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Science and Soccer's World Cup

This year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil is an opportunity to see "the beautiful game" at its best. The monthlong tournament is also a world stage for science

  • June 11, 2014

Concussions Abound in Soccer, Too

A meta-analysis finds that concussions accounted for between 6 and 9 percent of all injuries sustained on soccer fields. Dina Fine Maron reports

 

February 12, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron

Visual bias in soccer fouls.

It's okay, Hope. I still adore you. (Image credit Wikipedia) While I wouldn't say that I am a soccer fan , I do find it hard to turn down watching large international sporting events, especially when the USA is doing well in the playoffs.

July 18, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Pickup Soccer Helps Homeless Health

Homeless men who played soccer a few times a week had improved cardiovascular health and a lower risk of death. Cynthia Graber reports

October 11, 2011

World Cup Prediction Mathematics Explained

The World Cup is back, and everyone's got a pick for the winner. Gamblers have been predicting the outcome of sporting contests since the first foot race across the savannah, but in recent years a unique type of statistical analysis has taken over the prediction business.

June 11, 2014 — Michael Moyer
Home of Next World Cup Choking On Its Own Smog

Home of Next World Cup Choking On Its Own Smog

Sao Paulo, host city of the first World Cup soccer match next year, has a major pollution problem. A recent study says air pollution in the southern Brazilian city causes three times more deaths than breast cancer or traffic accidents.

October 21, 2013