Saturday, February 15, 2014

More science of the Olympics from Discovery News

I promised more from Discovery News at the end of The physics of figure skating.  Time to follow through.

First, Are Olympic Gold Medals Really Made of Gold?

With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi beginning, and the earning of medals has begun, an interesting question arises: Are Olympic gold medals actually made of pure gold? Trace runs down a history of the Olympic games and answers the question of what each medal is really made out of.
Next, SCIENCE FRICTION: All About the Physics of Curling.

After watching countless hours of 2014 Olympic Game coverage from Sochi, Trace became curious about the actual physics behind curling. Curiosity got the best of him, and he decided to learn about it first hand by actually learning how to play from the professionals themselves!
Finally, Things More Acceptable Than Being Gay in Russia.

Russia has been under the microscope globally with all of their anti-gay laws. Many people are boycotting the Olympics in Sochi because of their stance on homosexuality. Meg Turney from Sourcefed joins us today to tell you a few surprising things that are more acceptable than being gay in Russia.
Those findings deserve Putin the Brony on His Little Pony.

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