Science And The Olympics

The 2016 Summer Games have started in Brasil.  For those seeking some science-themed content from these games, it might be necessary to wait a bit.  NBC, the broadcast network for the U.S., has not yet updated its Science of the Summer Olympics videos with new content connected to the current Games.  (NBC Learn is a collaboration between the network and the National Science Foundation.)  What I wrote about this video series back in 2012 still holds true.

Given his murder conviction, I understand why NBC Learn has removed it’s Oscar Pistorius video.  Thankfully, it is still available via

Nature has an article on changing trends in Olympic research.  The search criteria may be worth debating, but the article covers research on the impacts of the Olympics.  This means social science articles are the largest category in the piece, and some of the research mentioned connects with public policy issues (usually urban issues like transportation).

Whether your supplement your Olympics enjoyment with science reading or not, enjoy the Games.


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