Topic: Sports & Fitness

November 2, 2016 Referee Vision - A referee’s success depends on knowing what to focus on, and what to ignore.
September 15, 2016 Tree-Climbing People - The Twa people of Uganda climb trees with ease. A new study suggests that the trait may be the result of practical necessity.
July 28, 2016 Alzheimer’s & Exercise - Exercise may promote healthy communication between blood vessels and brain cells.
April 21, 2016 Tracking Fastballs - To hit a fastball, a batter's brain has to predict when it'll come across the plate.
January 28, 2016 Exercise & Weight Loss - Intense exercisers may burn no more calories per day than people who don’t exercise regularly.
March 17, 2015 Exercise & Cancer - Vigorous exercise may help the body battle cancer.
February 6, 2015 Avian Athletes - Scientists are learning from birds’ amazing metabolisms to help human athletes perform better on the ground.
January 19, 2015 High Flying Geese - The world’s champion high-altitude migratory bird uses a unique “roller-coaster” flight strategy to save energy,
January 6, 2015 Light-Boned Modern Humans - Are modern humans’ light bones the result of couch-potato culture?
November 14, 2014 Concussions & Horns - The horns of male bighorn sheep protect their heads; could the NFL learn from them?
October 22, 2014 Elite Athlete Dental Health - The dental health of elite athletes often suffers.
October 10, 2014 Old Lungs & Ibuprofen - Ibuprofen might quell lung inflammation and help prevent infections.
September 23, 2014 Smelly T-Shirts - How stinky your workout shirt will become depends on what it's made of.
July 3, 2014 Walkable Neighborhood Health - Walkable neighborhoods may lower their residents' risk of obesity and diabetes.
January 8, 2014 Music & Prosthetics - Musical feedback could help veterans with prosthetic limbs re-learn to walk.
October 18, 2013 Podcast for 18 October 2013 - PSYCHOLOGY & MEDICINE - Can literary fiction influence social astuteness? Why some people still fall for email spam. And, how sluggers' eyes can track fastballs in time to hit them. Also, how cell phones are transforming rural medicine.
October 17, 2013 Tracking Fastballs - To hit a fastball, a batter's brain has to predict when it'll come across the plate.
April 17, 2013 Brainy Athletes - Olympic-level athletes have some enhanced cognitive abilities.
April 12, 2013 Podcast for 12 April 2013 - ATHLETES & ROBOTS - Elite athletes are far from dumb jocks. A common ingredient in energy drinks could promote heart disease. Also: Robots that learn by watching us, and robots that can walk on sand.
January 9, 2013 Tree-Climbing People - The Twa people of Uganda climb trees with ease. A new study suggests that the trait may be the result of practical necessity.
December 20, 2012 Thought-Controlled Prosthetics - Prosthetic limbs are moving ever closer to life-like, thought-controlled replicas.
November 20, 2012 Listening to Football Helmets - Measuring the acoustical signatures of colliding football helmets could help improve helmet safety.
September 19, 2012 Fat but Fit - Many obese people are metabolically fit and are at no greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer than people of normal weight.
August 31, 2012 Podcast for 31 August 2012 - WHALES, APES & BIRDS - Chimps don't share our sense of justice. What gibbons on helium can tell us about opera singers. Deciphering the peacock's hidden message. What an endangered whale has in common with songbirds. Also: Did a Central American rodent save a tree species from extinction?
August 17, 2012 Podcast for 17 August 2012 - PSYCHOLOGY OF CONSUMPTION - Why planning a lifestyle change often backfires, why buying larger quantities doesn't always mean a better deal, and the relationship between speed of consumption and satisfaction, Also: did hunter-gatherers really use more calories than people living today? And an unmanned aircraft maps an archaeological site in Peru in record time.
August 13, 2012 Hunter-Gatherer Metabolism - People living as hunter-gatherers burn roughly as many calories per day as those in industrialized countries.
August 10, 2012 Podcast for 10 August 2012 - Dad's diversity and perilous parenthood.
Yoga Roundup - Practicing yoga could help older people who have suffered strokes recover more quickly.
August 9, 2012 When Planning Backfires - Planning a major lifestyle change can be a good idea, but only if you feel good about yourself to begin with.
August 3, 2012 Podcast for 3 August 2012 - INVENTION - More lifelike robots. Headlights that can see past raindrops. And a pair of goggles that could improve your memory. Also, scientists have developed the world's lightest material.
September 22, 2011 Football & Artificial Intelligence - Computer scientists used football footage to develop a sophisticated kind of artificial intelligence.
August 19, 2011 Podcast for 19 August 2011 - WATER EVERYWHERE - Astronomers have discovered the largest cache of water ever, and researchers are developing new software for detecting contamination of municipal water supplies. Also: Round robots to help safeguard nuclear power plants.
August 3, 2011 Soccer Goalies - Soccer goalies tend to dive toward the right when their team is behind.
July 22, 2011 Podcast for 22 July 2011 - THE BRAIN & SOCIETY: How the brain experiences beauty, what soccer reveals about the mind, and why lazing around in a hammock could benefit your memory. Also, how your cell phone could help you kick the habit.
June 24, 2011 Secret Ingredient Roundup - A compound found in apple peels could prevent muscle wasting.
March 9, 2011 Ancient Egyptian Prosthetics - Artificial toes from ancient Egypt may have been functional prosthetics.
January 24, 2011 Gait & Longevity - Walking speed is a good indicator of overall health in older adults.
September 23, 2010 Exercising Illness - A listener asks: can exercise stave off illness?
September 15, 2010 Muscle Memory - Exercising when you're young may help your muscles bounce back later in life.
September 10, 2010 Podcast - FLU SEASON: Can exercise help stave off illness? Changes to the seasonal flu vaccine, bacterial surprises, and better ways to purify water in developing countries. Also: did life originate between mica sheets?
April 2, 2010 Podcast - Contact lenses that could treat glaucoma, and could you get more out of a 20-minute workout than a 4-hour one? Also, a nose for identification, and why we can't smell deadly carbon monoxide gas.
March 31, 2010 High Intensity Workouts - A few short bursts of high-intensity exercise may be more effective than hours of conventional training.
December 23, 2009 Running Monkeys - Vigorous exercise helps monkeys avoid symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
November 25, 2009 Sprinter Feet - Elite sprinters may be helped by atypical foot anatomy.
May 28, 2009 Looming Sounds - Being in good physical condition could actually be detrimental to your hearing.
May 22, 2009 Podcast - HEARING & SOUND: Why hyenas are anything but funny. Can animals dance to a beat? Using sound to save the whales. And physical fitness worsens hearing, but estrogen improves it.
March 30, 2009 Addiction & Parkinson’s - Parkinson's disease and addiction overlap in surprising ways.
December 19, 2008 Podcast - BREATHING: Why it's harder to breathe at high altitudes, asthma and your birthdate, and more.
December 18, 2008 Mountain High - Have you ever been to a high altitude and found yourself gasping for breath? One listener asked why that happens.
December 12, 2008 Podcast - EXERCISE & SLEEP: how our brains fall asleep, active women need sleep to fight cancer, and the brain benefits of exercise.