Behold the absolute mind-bogglery of a knuckleball in flight

MLB pitcher R.A. Dickey* slings an erratic knuckleball pitch, posing a challenge for batter and catcher alike. The ball has been colorized to highlight its almost total lack of spin, which usually serves to stabilize the ball's trajectory. » 1/05/14 10:17am 1/05/14 10:17am

Measuring The Ridiculous Physics Of Disney's Hercules

Two years ago, our friends at the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective applied their usual rigorous statistical scrutiny to a series of basketball movies. We pick up the idea again with this analysis of Hercules, by Anthony Zonfrelli and Dmitri Ilushin. » 7/19/13 4:39pm 7/19/13 4:39pm

Throwing A Baseball At 90 Percent Speed Of Light Would Kill Thousands

The artistically inclined folks over at XKCD (authors of one of my favorite web comics ever) devoted one of their What If? segments today to the logically insane yet weirdly interesting scenario of what would happen if someone pitched a baseball at 90 percent the speed of light. Using actual science and helpful… » 7/10/12 8:15pm 7/10/12 8:15pm

495 Degrees Per Second: How Olympic Snowboarding Gold Medalist Kelly…

Kelly Clark is the two-time defending X Games Gold Medalist in Women's Superpipe. She won gold in Salt Lake in '02 and bronze in Vancouver in 2010. At the 2011 X Games she became the first woman to land a 1080 in competition. The 30th U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships are going on right now, and Clark is currently… » 3/09/12 2:00pm 3/09/12 2:00pm

A Brief Video History Of Physics Not Applying To Basketball

Last night, West Virginia upset No. 16 UConn in Morgantown, 65-56. Alex Oriakhi went to the line with the game tied and just a few minutes remaining the first half, and he took what was mostly a nice-looking free throw, especially for a big man. But the ball bounced around the rim a few times before resting, almost… » 3/03/11 7:00pm 3/03/11 7:00pm