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Summer Olympics and Science

by , posted on 9:00 AM, July 23, 2021
The Summer Olympics begin this week. Check out these resources explaining the science behind the events.
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Inside the surprisingly complex engineering process that creates an Olympic torch: https://www.popsci.com/technology/olympic-torch-tokyo-design-explained/

How Abebe Bikila won the Olympic marathon without shoes: https://www.popsci.com/science/man-wins-olympic-marathon-barefoot/

The Physics Behind the Prefect Dive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn402XOKTSg
 
The Science of Steroids - Keeping the Olympics Fair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWOwLwMc0rc
 
Why Do Athletes Wear All That Weird Tape?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4APr-LHv14w
 
What Extreme Heat Means for the Future of the Summer Olympics: https://www.popsci.com/science/what-extreme-heat-means-for-future-olympics/
 
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Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports: https://nsf.gov/news/mmg/?series_name=Science%20of%20the%20Summer%20Olympics:%20Engineering%20in%20Sports

Summer Olympics Science: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/highschool/chemistryclubs/activities/summer-olympics.html

Japanese scientists warn that Tokyo Olympics could help spread COVID-19: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/japanese-scientists-warn-tokyo-olympics-could-help-spread-covid-19

The Science Behind a Faster, Higher, Stronger Team USA: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/07/21/summer-olympics-starring-scientists/

Lesson of the Day: ‘The Tokyo Olympics Explained’: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/10/learning/lesson-of-the-day-the-tokyo-olympics-explained.html

 The Physics Behind Gymnastics, Explained (Vaults, Tumbles, and Flips): https://youtu.be/S0enJA8Iqxw