Should Video Games Get Olympic Representation?

Video Games! You've heard of them. But what you might not be so aware of is 'eSports' - the growing genre of highly competitive multiplayer gaming. But are eSports really on a level where we should be seeing digital athletes at the Olympics? Rob Pardo, formerly of Blizzard, thinks so. » 12/27/14 1:36pm 12/27/14 1:36pm

Doraemon Meets Akira In This Bleak Vision of the Future

Japan has selected the adorable robot cat Doraemon as its special ambassador for its 2020 Olympic bid. And as we all know, Akira predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That can mean only one thing... » 4/07/14 1:01pm 4/07/14 1:01pm

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

The Olympic Games celebrate feats of athleticism and endurance — but nobody would care about these contests if they weren't promoted by great accomplishments in graphic design. Check out all the stunningly designed posters for the past 120 years of Olympic Games. » 3/14/14 3:32pm 3/14/14 3:32pm

Sir David Attenborough gloriously narrates a round of Olympic Curling

If you are mystified by the sliding and sweeping sport that is curling, Sir David Attenborough is here to help. BBC Radio 1 convinced the naturalist to narrate a few moments with Great Britain's Olympic curling team as if it were a nature documentary. » 2/19/14 8:40am 2/19/14 8:40am

If superheroes competed in the Olympics what would their events be?

Some Olympic athletes seem to have superhuman abilities, but these posters ask: what if fictional superheroes decided to compete in the winter Olympics? » 2/17/14 10:40am 2/17/14 10:40am

A climate map showing every Winter Olympics ever!

Climatologists over at NOAA have mapped out the weather patterns hitting the host cities during the Winter Olympics since their beginning — and, big surprise, the Winter Olympics are heating up, with Sochi among the warmest of the last century. Here it is in more detail: » 2/12/14 11:29am 2/12/14 11:29am

An Olympic Torch just went on a spacewalk

The Olympic flame famously travels around the world, but this year an Olympic torch left Earth for a very special lap. This morning, Russian cosmonauts took the torch on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. » 11/09/13 11:29am 11/09/13 11:29am

After the Games: Photographs of Decaying Olympic Sites

The Olympic Games are always proceded by a furious amount of building as host cities construct arenas, pools, ski jumps, Olympic villages, and anything else the games demand. While some of the buildings are repurposed after the athletes depart, others are left to rot. » 5/12/13 1:00pm 5/12/13 1:00pm

Are the Paralympics a celebration of superhumans, or a modern freakshow?

Check out this commercial put together by Paralympic organizers who are trying very hard to cast the Games and its athletes in a completely new light. Rather than framing Paralympians as being somehow deficient or inadequate, they're now being portrayed as elite athletes endowed with superhuman capacities. » 8/30/12 1:00pm 8/30/12 1:00pm

The Chemical Brothers turn Olympic cycling into Tron

For the 2012 Olympics, British electronic stalwarts The Chemical Brothers composed "Velodrome," a theme song (unsurprisingly) for London's sweeping Hopkins Velodrome. And between each of the velodrome's sessions, design firm Crystal CG International has created a music video depicting a race between two Tron-like… » 8/07/12 1:50pm 8/07/12 1:50pm

Russian synchronized swimmers win Olympic gold with the theme to …

Dario Argento's classic horror flick Suspiria — which was about supernatural evil looming over a ballet academy — featured an iconic score by Italian prog-rockers Goblin. » 8/07/12 11:25am 8/07/12 11:25am

Eight years after the Athens Olympics, some venues have been left to rot

The Greek embassy estimated that it cost Greece €8.954 billion to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2004, including the construction of the Olympic Village and several shiny new athletic venues. Since then, though, some of those venues have been abandoned, making one Olympic legacy a set of decaying structures. » 8/04/12 5:00pm 8/04/12 5:00pm

This is how you build a labyrinth out of 250,000 books

We recently told you about artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, and their plan to erect a massive maze made entirely out of books for the London 2012 Festival. At the time, we wrote that "the construction of the maze and the visitors' participation [would be] filmed for general consumption." Well, as of yesterday… » 8/01/12 1:55pm 8/01/12 1:55pm

What is "blood doping," and why does it matter?

Any time someone breaks a record, people inevitably bring up the possibility that they had some illegal enhancements. Just yesterday, gold medalist Ye Shiwen was accused of "blood doping" to improve her performance. You may be familiar with steroids and other drugs — but what on Earth is "blood doping?" And why would… » 8/01/12 7:00am 8/01/12 7:00am

10 Ways the Olympics Could be Different in the Future

The modern Olympics have already changed a great deal since their early years. Arts events like architecture, literature, painting, and music went out the window in 1954, and many events, such as mountain biking, synchronized swimming, curling, and table tennis were added only in the last 30 years. So how might the… » 7/29/12 9:00am 7/29/12 9:00am

Jetpacks! Voldemort! James Bond! The Most Delightful and Ridiculous…

Was this the most science fiction and fantasy-filled Olympic opening ceremony yet? With director Danny Boyle at the helm, there were bound to be a few fantastical elements in his kickoff to the 2012 Olympic Games. Here are some of the strangest, most wondrous, and most fantasy-fuelled images to grace London's Olympic… » 7/28/12 8:00am 7/28/12 8:00am

Will Oscar Pistorius' Prosthetic Legs Give Him an Unfair Advantage at…

Have Oscar Pistorius' carbon-fiber lower legs crossed the line between prosthetics and enhancements? And is it fair for him to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games? Scientists and sports experts alike are being drawn into the debate, as Scientific American's Rose Eveleth explains. » 7/25/12 8:30am 7/25/12 8:30am

Get lost within the walls of a massive labyrinth made of books

It's easy enough to get lost in a book, but what about getting lost in meters and meters of books? As part of the London 2012 Festival, two Brazilian artists are setting up a giant maze made entirely out of books. » 7/22/12 7:30am 7/22/12 7:30am

Matt Smith carries the Olympic Torch, but not as the Doctor

After the Tenth Doctor lit the London 2012 Olympic Flame in the Doctor Who episode "Fear Her," many Who fans were clamoring for David Tennant or Matt Smith to carry the Olympic Torch. This morning in Cardiff, those fans got their wish as Matt Smith participated in the Olympic Relay and helped the Torch along to its… » 5/26/12 8:00am 5/26/12 8:00am