Features

Concussion’s Memory Problem

In the lead-up to this year’s Superbowl, a surge of scientists, celebrities, athletes and everyday citizens all weighed in, many with tongues-in-cheek, to a so-called scandal about the deflation of game balls prepared by one of the competing teams. While popular media bubbled with the latest news for nearly two weeks, a simultaneous commentary was launched by some

Web Roundups

Sports? What sports? A web roundup on Sochi 2014

As usual, The Onion sums up what all the other English-language coverage of the Sochi Olympics will likely sound like. Maryam Omidi goes to Zizek for an explanation of the widely-circulated twin toilet story. How are Western magazines covering the Olympics? Brian Whitmore, Kirill Kobrin and Mark Galeotti discuss the politics surrounding the Sochi games. William Nickell explores the history …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article, “Man and Superman,” on genetics and performance in sport kicks off this month’s web roundup, where we ask the questions: Who is a superman (or superwoman)? How do we even go about defining the characteristics of a superman?  How might we account for subjectivities in the search for superman?

Gladwell cites an array of genetic …

Features

Caster Semenya and athletic excellence: a critique of Olympic sex-testing

Caster Semenya at the 2010 Memorial Van Damme, Brussels, Belgium; Photo: Erik van Leeuwen

A surprise at the Olympic Opening Ceremony

The Olympic Games officially begin tomorrow, July 27th. Despite the organizers’ best efforts, details regarding the opening ceremony have inevitably leaked, spoiling much of the surprise. However, the recent announcement by the South African Olympic committee …