It only takes one rained-out Little League game to make a sports lover resent Mother Nature. Now some of today’s scientists and other bigwigs have taken it upon themselves to say: “no more.” Not content to stand idly by and let something as mundane as climate dictate the success of our sports games, they have instead turned to geoengineering - intentional manipulation of the Earth's environment - to fight back.
We're not endorsing any big bets, of course, but a pair of London mathematicians say they're confident Spain will win the World Cup final Sunday. It's not just a prediction -- it's science.
Queen Mary, University of London professors -- and soccer fans -- Javier López Peña and Hugo Touchette collected ball-passing data from each World Cup team and used graph theory to analyze each team's style of play. Their results reveal "gaping holes" in England's strategy against Germany, which they say explains team England's loss. The results also show that Spain's propensity for passing might help them beat the Dutch this weekend.
When I decided to invite some people over to my house last Friday to watch the World Cup on a new 50-inch plasma 3-D TV, a loaner from Panasonic, I made the mistake of emailing out a picture of myself wearing the 3-D glasses. My brother, bless him, replied, "I love the third dimension!" Everyone else seemed a little put off. "If I can extract a promise that no photos of me will appear on Popsci.com, I'm in," emailed one friend.
I can understand the hesitation. 3-D glasses flatter no one. You'd feel less conspicuous wearing a clown nose. But that was the half the point of the party. With the recent hubbub over 3-D TV, I wanted to find out if people could take the technology seriously. Can you wear the glasses without feeling as though you're part of the entertainment? Is it possible to enjoy an entire soccer game with such an awkward, uncomfortable accessory strapped to your face, and in the company of others? I figured I'd let my friends be the judge. And judge they did.
Sunday was not a good day for soccer referees. Two glaringly obvious blown calls--disallowing a clear goal for England's Frank Lampard that would have tied the Brits with Germany, and allowing a score from a clearly offiside Carlos Tevez in Argentina's defeat of Mexico--have strengthened cries for FIFA to take action. And in a press conference today, FIFA president Sepp Blatter indicated that's exactly what he's going to do.
Just how breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly awesome was Landon Donovan’s 91st-minute goal in today’s win-or-go-home U.S.-Algeria World Cup game? It was definitely significant enough to temporarily overwhelm Twitter. And it just might have been the single biggest driver of Internet traffic ever.
Yesterday we explained how to block the 233-Hz drone of the vuvuzela with software at home. Today, Host Broadcast Services, providers of the TV feed of the World Cup, announced that it has increased the EQ filtering on the back end, after viewer complaints about the controversial horn.
By Mark AndersPosted 06.15.2010 at 10:31 am 4 Comments
This month, more than 700 million people will watch the finals of the FIFA World Cup, the planet's most popular sports event. Soccer is mainly about stamina and coordination, but players rely on cutting-edge gear to help score (or save) more goals.
Long after the game has ended and the TV has been shut off, the vuvuzela continues to echo in our ears. The plastic stadium horn, blown by World Cup fans to celebrate such moments in a game as -- well, every moment -- has achieved unprecedented fame and rancor this Cup, as its B-flat drone is broadcast around the world.
From German blog Surfpoeten comes a DIY solution for home Cup-watchers driven to distraction by the stadium horns: a software filter that selectively mutes the particular frequency of the vuvuzela.
When Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup, people flocked to public parks, arenas, and sporting stadiums worldwide to watch the games on massive screens at public viewing events. If Japan lands its bid for the 2022 Cup, you may be able to go to your local soccer stadium and view real-time 3-D hologram displays of tournament games projected full-size on the pitch.
Athletic training needs a 21st-century twist when World Cup glory is on the line, and especially when the main event of football (soccer for U.S. folk) takes place in high-altitude South Africa this summer.