Study: Rough match can sideline tennis players' perceptions
Tennis players who "ace" a match are more likely to see the ball as moving slowly and view the net as lower to the ground, according to new research from Purdue University.
Carlos '97 free kick no fluke, say French physicists
Roberto Carlos' free kick goal against France in 1997's Tournoi de France is thought by many to have been the most skilful free kick goal - from 35m with a powerful curling banana trajectory - ever scored; but by others to ...
Tar balls hit Texas as oil spill cost soars
Tar balls from the Gulf of Mexico spill have turned up on the Texas coast, expanding the oil slick's impact to all five Gulf states, officials said late Monday, as BP's disaster costs soared above three billion ...
Study explains science of soccer
With the attention of sports fans worldwide focused on South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, U.S. scientist John Eric Goff has made the aerodynamics of the soccer ball a focus of his research.
Jabulani ball 'too perfect' to fly straight - scientists
When it comes to the World Cup Jabulani football, perfect may not be good enough, according to scientists who have analysed the controversial ball.
Caltech Scientists Test Air Flow Over the 2010 World Cup Soccer Ball (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- The World Cup is in full swing, complete with an official new soccer ball named Jabulani, meaning "to celebrate" in Zulu. The players, however, aren't exactly celebrating. Instead, many of ...
Researchers Use Wind Tunnels to Test New World Cup Ball
Every four years, a new official soccer ball is designed for and used during World Cup matches. And every four years, players criticize the new ball.
Will the new World Cup soccer ball bend? Physics plays a role in on-ground action
Physics experts at the University of Adelaide believe the new ball created for the 2010 World Cup, called the Jabulani, will play "harder and faster", bending more unpredictably than its predecessor.
Electric fields make ceramic production quicker, cheaper, better
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that applying a small electric field results in faster formation of ceramic products during manufacture at lower temperatures, and enhances the strength ...
Mesoamerican people perfected details of rubber processing more than 3,000 years ago: study
(PhysOrg.com) -- Spanish explorers encountering an advanced civilization in Mesoamerica in the 16th century had plenty of things to be astonished about, but one type of object in particular was unlike anything ...
Ball lightning may sometimes be explained as hallucinations
Researchers investigate mysterious stone spheres in Costa Rica
The ancient stone spheres of Costa Rica were made world-famous by the opening sequence of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," when a mockup of one of the mysterious relics nearly crushed Indiana Jones.
How does an outfielder know where to run for a fly ball?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Faced with a fly ball soaring deep into center field during the 1954 World Series, New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays turned his back on the ball, ran straight to the center field ...
Nothing But Net: The Physics of Free-Throw Shooting
(PhysOrg.com) -- Pay attention, Shaq: Two North Carolina State University engineers have figured out the best way to shoot a free throw - a frequently underappreciated skill that gets more important as the ...