Material for safer football helmets may reduce head injuries

Scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara, HRL Laboratories LLC, and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed elastic microlattice pads that can withstand both single hits and a series of impacts better than existing state-of-the-art foams used in football helmets. Their research, publishing November 27 in the journal Matter, suggests that the material may … Read more

Not all changeups are created equal; seam shifted wake baffles hitters

While changing the rotation rate/axis of a thrown baseball has long been a weapon in a pitcher’s arsenal, some pitchers, like Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg, manipulate the baseball’s wake to create unexpected movement from a familiar delivery (his changeup). Barton Smith, an engineering professor at Utah State University, will discuss how the seams of … Read more

New study shows menstrual cycles have no effect on cognitive benefits of exercise

The majority of exercise neuroscience studies (64 per cent) have not included female participants due to the frequently held belief that hormonal fluctuations – linked to menstrual cycles – may lead to inconsistent results and preclude adequate recommendations for exercise prescription. However, a new Western University study shows that exercise-related benefits to brain health and … Read more

Science shows hype about your opponent actually messes with your game

Buzz about tennis’s newest rising stars — like 15-year-old prodigy Coco Gauff, who beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon — can be so intimidating it can make their opponents play worse, according to new research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. A study of more than 117,000 pro tennis matches and more than 5 million … Read more