Players love the tech, but pro and amateur organizations can hardly keep up with the new materials and radical designs that have rewired and sometimes hot-wired sports.
By Myatt MurphyPosted 05.20.2002 at 11:39 am 0 Comments
"What the heck is that stuff? Baby oil? Ski wax?"
My golf buddy Jon put the question to me after I fired another long drive so straight it looked like, well, it looked like his ball. I had been beating him on every drive since we'd started to wager over distance off the tee. "Just some goop I rub on my driver," I told him. "Keeps me from hooking as much."
By Charles HirshbergPosted 05.12.2002 at 7:50 pm 0 Comments
The Ornitech company of Warwick, New York, got off to a rocky start. In 1999, founders Sean Frawley and Dan Getz went to the bank to open up a business account. At first, they were greeted with giggles. So they explained their business plan to a bank officer who offered this objection: "You´re only 15."
Animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg is working to bring her feathered friends into the digital age.
By Jennifer UscherPosted 05.09.2002 at 6:41 pm 0 Comments
Wild parrots are social birds, so it's natural that when pet parrots are left alone all day, they can become downright neurotic-screaming, biting, plucking their own feathers. Fortunately, Irene Pepperberg, research associate professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, is working on a solution to the problem of bird boredom.
Part of baseball's lore lies in its artifacts, a rich lode of which constitutes "Baseball as America," the first-ever traveling exhibit from the Cooperstown, N.Y., Baseball Hall of Fame. The retrospective also testifies to the impact of technology on the game.
The exhibit will be at the American Museum of Natural History in New York until mid-August. It will travel to Los Angeles and eight other cities as part of a four-year tour. The facts that follow all relate to memorabilia on display.
I've been told that vodka will get colder than ice if stored in the freezer. Is that true?
James RobertsonLondon, EnglandVodka and ice will have the same temperature if stored in the same freezer. But unlike water, vodka will not freeze. Vodka contains a high percentage of ethanol, which has a freezing point of minus 117�C; water, by comparison, freezes at 0�C.
Why do the eyes in some paintings appear to follow the viewer around the room, and how do artists achieve this illusion? Manzul Rahim, Lisle, Ill.
Viewing art is typically a one-way street. The feeling that a painting or photograph is also watching you can be both unnerving and awe-inspiring. Artwork, as well as many religious icons in churches and synagogues, has conjured the feeling in many viewers that something animated lies within the eyes that look back at them.
By Gunjan SinhaPosted 05.07.2002 at 3:34 pm 0 Comments
Nicotine becomes habit-forming by hijacking the brain's pleasure pathways. But to better treat nicotine addicts, scientists need to figure out precisely how it does so. University of Chicago researchers led by postdoctoral student Huibert Mansvelder appear to have unlocked much of the mystery.
Animal behavior: Male G. cancriformis spiders prefer to mate with virgins.
By Gunjan SinhaPosted 05.06.2002 at 6:26 pm 0 Comments
When a male spider of the species G. cancriformis goes a-courtin', it's in his evolutionary interest to choose a virgin. That's because a female's first mate almost always gets to fertilize her eggs, while subsequent males wind up with nothing to show for their ardor. Which made Todd Bukowski, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona at Tucson, wonder: How good are these male spiders at spotting virgins?