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.
Mathematicians use network theory to model champion Spanish soccer team's style
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.
Spitzer finds solid buckyballs in space
(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have, for the first time, discovered buckyballs in a solid form in space. Prior to this discovery, the microscopic carbon spheres ...
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 ...
Robots play soccer, make breakfast at the RoboCup German Open 2011 (w/ video)
Study: Why the best soccer teams don't always win
US soccer robots get new algorithm for RoboCup 2010 (w/ Video)
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.
Using science to identify true soccer stars
(PhysOrg.com) -- As a young boy growing up in Portugal, Luis Amaral loved playing, watching and talking soccer. Amaral and his friends passionately debated about which players were "the best." But, it was ...
University of Texas at Austin team wins robot soccer world championships in 2 divisions
UT Austin Villa, a team of computer science students led by professor Peter Stone, won two 2012 Robot Soccer World Cup division championships during RoboCup 2012 last week in Mexico City.
Professor predicts Brazil will win World Cup
(PhysOrg.com) -- Government professor Christopher Anderson, a former semi-pro soccer player, has launched a statistically based soccer blog. He predicts Brazil will take the cup in South Africa this summer.