Shaving hundredths of a second off 2014 Winter Olympics speed skaters’ times isn’t just the job of the athlete on the ice. Polymer and textile scientists were called in to create suits that minimize drag across skaters’ bodies while they’re in motion.
The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn took a look at these state-of-the-art materials. They found that elite U.S. athletes are sporting uniforms capable of helping them bring home gold.
Top Image: Gif made from Youtube video. Courtesy NSF/NBC Learn.
In June, as national soccer teams from around the world resume playing qualification games for the 2014 World Cup, a group of 20-somethings will kick off a soccer-related project with a global purpose that goes beyond athletic competition.
They will start full-scale manufacture of soccer-style balls that generate and store electric power when kicked around.
After playtime with these “Soccket” balls, families and communities that lack reliable access to electricity can use the balls’ power for lighting and – eventually – other electrical applications.