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US Olympic skiers have been swooshing in VR to prep for the winter games

January 25, 2018 - 10:10 -- Admin

When U.S. skiers take to the slopes at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in February for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, some of them will have used 360-degree video to check out the run and visualize it in an immersive, digital way. They've been using footage from the men's and women's downhill events—first filmed in 2016 and 2017—to boost their familiarity with the snowy, mountainous route.

E-cigarettes could help you quit smoking—and help your kids start

January 25, 2018 - 10:10 -- Admin

Ever since they came on the scene in 2006, electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as e-cigs or vapes, have been the subject of a rather lethargic debate. Do these products, which vaporize liquid nicotine in favor of burning tobacco for a fix, provide a healthier alternative to smokers looking to quit? Or do they serve only to tempt those who would otherwise never get addicted to nicotine at all?

You can't squash Nike's springy new sneaker soles

January 24, 2018 - 15:37 -- Admin

Slippers and running sneakers are two very different things. Both go on your feet, but slippers are flexible, sock-like shoes for luxuriating in your living room. On the other hand, sneakers are structured and stabilizing to support your foot as you pound the pavement. Nike's new Epic React running shoes fit like a slipper, but a sandwich of carefully crafted materials in the sole protect your feet and the tiny bones within from punishing pavement.

Your weight affects how long you live—but it's extremely complicated

January 24, 2018 - 15:37 -- Admin

We often think about weight loss in the short term, hoping to drop five pounds in time for vacation or 10 in time for a wedding. Of course, this kind of yo-yo dieting isn't the greatest for our health. If you're going to ask how much you should weigh, you want to think long term—what weight will keep you healthy?

What do refrigeration, DNA synthesis, and Lycra have in common?

January 24, 2018 - 15:37 -- Admin

The first-down line that appears on television screens during football games, the tissue-typing test that matches organ donations with compatible recipients, and the OLEDs that light up the screen of the iPhone X—we take technologies like these for granted. This year, however, they're getting a spotlight: These three innovations, along with nine others, have earned their creators a spot in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

This is why cutting weight is so dangerous for professional fighters

January 24, 2018 - 15:37 -- Admin

Dropping 10 kilograms in 10 days sounds impossible. At the very least, it sounds like a great way to hurt yourself. And yet Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Paige VanZant did just that. Sure, she passed out in a boiling-hot bathroom as her best friend scraped sweat off of her naked body, but she made her weight. She got lucky.