Know Your Olympic Sports

Dumb jocks? Hardly. As the Olympics draws to a close, PopSci rounds up the cutting-edge science and technology athletes are using to go farther and faster than ever before

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Table Tennis

Speed glue, robots and more. Learn why ping pong truly is the sport of champions

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Running

Swifter suits, shoes that lean and gaming the pistol are just the beginning of the tech innovations giving track the runaround this summer

Synchronized Swimming

Think it’s a sissy sport? Think again. A look at the arduous training, high-tech speakers and super-strong hair paste involved in keeping those swimmers peak

Volleyball

Smacking a ball over a net calls for some surprising technology

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Softball

A look at the advanced tools players are using to stay sharp—even as softball’s last hurrah nears a close

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Swimming

The athletes, the water, and the technology

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Gymnastics

A slew slew of high-tech innovations have vaulted gymnastics to the forefront

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Synchronized Swimming (Round Two)

A high-tech, swimsuit-bound light show has landed Spain’s team in hot water

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Filming Beijing

Bringing every action second packed second to millions of viewers takes some serious gadgetry

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Equestrian

The largest athletes need high-tech toys too

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Field Hockey

Bending it like Beckham, special shoes, and one very hot training chamber are all part of the making of a modern player

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Doping Beijing

The drugs behind the door