Posts Tagged ‘London’
From BikeRadar: Too many bikes in Amsterdam?
Are there too many bikes in Amsterdam? Not enough spaces to park them, narrow lanes clogged with swelling ranks of cyclists and a growing tension with moped drivers have raised an interesting problem for the city famed for its love of the bike. Read the rest of this entry »
While Amsterdam could arguably be the cycling capital of Europe the Mayor of London looks to develop a new €1 billion master bike plan aimed at revitalizing urban cycling. This plan backs Dutch style infrastructure with a strong commitment towards better cycling routes, traffic restrictions and even so-called “Little Holland” style developments. This is just some of what could occur via a 10-year plan that could see the majority of the new infrastructure built within the first four years.
“Both the Mayor and I pay tribute to the London Cyclists’ Campaign, journalists, bloggers and other campaigners for driving the issue so far up the political agenda,” says Andrew Gilligan, London’s newly appointed cycling commissioner. Read the rest of this entry »
From Men’s Health: How the Gym Makes You Smarter
Put in the time at your university’s gym and it might provide more than physical benefits. A new study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research shows that the more often you go to your rec center, the more likely you’ll be passing calculus. Read the rest of this entry »
Several news stories are making the rounds this week following the successful 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The question this week is “what events are missing?”
Golf will make a return to the Olympics in Rio in 2012, and will be joined by rugby. Some online sites have noted a short list of events that would be welcome and include: Cricket, a game popular not only the U.K., but also in much of the former British Empire and Commonwealth; Baseball, which is of course as American as Cricket is English; Softball, which was a sport that was only recently removed from the games; Mixed Martial Arts, which seems like a stretch but is a growing sport worldwide; and the surreal Roller Derby, which could be another popular sport for women athletes. Read the rest of this entry »
All good things come to an end, including the Olympics. Throughout the 17 days of the games and before we cast the spotlight on some of the latest technology and innovations that were used to help the athletes train and perform. Here is our Kinetic Recap of some of the top stories of the 2012 Olympics: Read the rest of this entry »
Pump it Up
(Photo: Bob Willingham / FRPS )
From Discovery New: Fist-pumping celebrations by Olympians linked to primates
Fist pumps, hands in the air and jumping up and down, seen at every event at the Olympics, turn out to be the same across all cultures and likely have their roots in non-human primate displays.
When Olympic athletes such as Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas and Usain Bolt celebrate their wins, they are displaying a declaration of success that could date back to the earliest human societies and beyond, according to a new study that has been accepted for publication in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. Read the rest of this entry »
With the 2012 Olympics heading into its final days in London, it might be hard to bid cheerio to one of the more exciting and memorable games in recent memory. (Don’t forget, the Paralympics are up next, but coverage will be scant, unfortunately.) For those who need a little memento to remember the games by, Samsung has released London Olympics-themed Galaxy S3 smart phones featuring designs with the Union Jack. Read the rest of this entry »
While the eyes of the world are on London and the Olympic Games, another world record was set for fitness. This time it wasn’t in the pool, on the velodrome or on the track – it was on the treadmill! Cybex International announced that Forest School in London set the farthest distance covered on one treadmill in 24 hours. The maker of premium exercise equipment provided two 750T treadmills for the challenge.
This was a team accomplishment with runners consisting of teachers, parents and students age 16 to 18, who ran a total of 437km – or nearly 272 miles – in a 24-hour period. This broke the previous record, which was set by a German team in 2010, by more than 15km. To accomplish this record distance the team averaged 11.3 miles per hour, which is a pace better than 5:18 per mile. Read the rest of this entry »
A View to a Thrill
From GearPatrol: Viewfinder: 10 Videos To Get You Fired Up for the Olympics
As London becomes the stage for the 2012 Olympic games, it’s hard to grasp just how much has happened. New arenas have been built, unfathomable amounts of technology have been put into place and scores of athletes have arrived, each ready to unleash every last ounce of honed-to-perfection competitive energy. As countries beam with pride — ours is cranked to 11 — it’s difficult not to get fired up. Read the rest of this entry »
From the Washington Post: Olympics 2012: Innovations going for the gold
When you think innovation and the Summer Olympics, you probably don’t think of architecture, medicine, media and fashion.
You should, since the innovations featured at the games are relevant in all of these fields. In terms of pure technology, the 2008 Beijing Games featured new computerized scoring and time-keeping technology and new motion-sensing and GPS tracking technologies. So, what are some of the most exciting innovations to watch out for at the London 2012 Summer Games? Read the rest of this entry »
Pole-vaulters like Mary Saxer, in the car, face a challenge in transporting their equipment, which can stretch 17 feet long (Photo: NY Times)
As the athletes competing in the 2012 Olympic Games begin to descend on London we were left pondering how some of the athletes get their equipment and gear to the games – not to mention other sporting events. Traveling with a shot put probably is a bit annoying, and of course the cyclists don’t have it easy either.
But recently The New York Times noted “For Pole-Vaulters, Clearing the Bar Is the Easy Part.” This had us thinking, how exactly do you travel with a 17-foot pole? While getting it to London is probably a nightmare, so is just getting it to the local track to practice vaulting! Read the rest of this entry »
As we’ve noted previously there has been much outrage from many U.S. lawmakers that some of the uniforms to used beginning next week in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London were made in China; however, we’ll continue to report on the uniforms and kits that are American made.
The Washington Post noted this week that the Rowing teams will be wearing American made kits. The men’s and women’s rowing teams will be outfitted by Philadelphia-based Boathouse Sports, which has its manufacturing done in the USA.
Boathouse Sports Official Website
[Via Washington Post: U.S. Olympic uniforms: Rowing teams to wear American-made unisuits]