The Brazil-Germany Match, Explained Via Pokémon

Was That A Goal? The World Cup Tech That Calls The Close Ones

Last weekend, along with some really obvious, glorious and not so glorious goals, we saw one that was a little trickier. French striker Karim Benzema's shot hit the upright and then bounced off Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares toward the goal line. Vallardes thought he had saved it, Benzema thought he had scored,… » 6/20/14 3:30pm 6/20/14 3:30pm

Watch These Japanese Cats Pick The Winners In The World Cup

While we still mourn the passing of Paul the Octopus, we can take comfort in knowing that his role as a soccer oracle has been passed on to two other animals: a duo of Munchkin cats named Kikunosuke and Rikimaru. » 6/20/14 10:55am 6/20/14 10:55am

Aerodynamics of the World Cup's New Ball

In the 2010 World Cup, players complained the ball was wonky, so this year has an all-new ball. NASA used smoke, lasers, and fluid boxes to test out its aerodynamics. Aside from producing some awesome photographs, the actual science is pretty cool, too. » 6/13/14 8:00am 6/13/14 8:00am

Mind-controlled Exoskeleton Opens World Cup, But You'd Never Know

Talk about dropping the ball. Earlier today, Juliano Pinto — a 29 year-old paraplegic — successfully kicked off the 2014 FIFA World Cup by using a mind-controlled exoskeleton. But sadly, most TV networks failed to show it. » 6/12/14 4:40pm 6/12/14 4:40pm

FIFA's New World Cup Ball Is The Fastest And Most Aeodynamic Yet

When the 2014 FIFA World Cup gets started on June 12 in Brazil, the world's greatest soccer players will be booting around one of the most advanced balls ever created for the sport — and the science proves it. » 6/02/14 2:51pm 6/02/14 2:51pm

Stephen Hawking's Formula For England's World Cup Success

Physicist Stephen Hawking has temporarily set aside his work on black holes and existential threats in favor of something far more elusive: Trying to figure out the conditions under which the English soccer squad could actually win a World Cup — something they haven't done since 1966. » 5/28/14 12:20pm 5/28/14 12:20pm

Floating hotel could house Qatar's World Cup guests—or Bond villains

Where will Qatar put tens of thousands of football fans who will descend upon the nation for the 2022 World Cup? One proposal is to create an off-the-grid floating hotel island that could be towed to a new location once the tournament is over. » 2/10/14 1:20pm 2/10/14 1:20pm

Mind-Controlled Pong is One Step Toward a World Cup Kickoff

Controlling games with brainwaves is a vogue research subject—Patricia Hernandez herself tested out a demo that involved tossing trucks telekinetically—but a team of researchers have applied it to a competitive game—Pong—with the goal of allowing a paralyzed person to make the ceremonial kickoff of the 2014 World Cup. » 6/22/13 5:00pm 6/22/13 5:00pm

Qatar may build "cloud tents" for the 2022 World Cup

"Artificial clouds" driven by solar-powered engines might be deployed at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to help keep the stadiums from overheating. » 3/26/11 8:00am 3/26/11 8:00am

Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums: Shining masterpieces of retro-Space…

Now that Qatar's won the right to host the 2022 World Cup finals, we can look forward to seeing these futuristic-bling-happy stadium designs brought to life. The other-worldly, curvaceous structures have the "grounded mothership" aesthetic down pat. » 12/06/10 6:40am 12/06/10 6:40am

Screw the World Cup, cat weightlifting is the sport of the 21st century

Stupid World Cup, breaking my sorta-but-not-really-interested-in-soccer heart every 4 years. Well, I'm done. This is the only sport I'm following. In 2012, nobody's going to be watching fútbol or checkerball or whatever. They'll be watching this. Trust me. [Japanator] » 6/26/10 2:42pm 6/26/10 2:42pm

Sweeping stadium designs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

The World Cup has never been held in a Middle Eastern nation, but Qatar wants to change that — and to do so, they've retained a German architecture firm to design five stunning stadiums that'll sweeten their host-nation bid. » 6/23/10 10:30am 6/23/10 10:30am

Vagina dentata condom distributed at the World Cup

Rape-Ex, a female condom containing teeth so powerful a doctor would have to remove it if it was ever used, is allegedly being distributed at the World Cup. Is the Vagina Dentata the future of personal security? » 6/21/10 7:00am 6/21/10 7:00am

The physics of "the Impossible Goal" scored by Roberto Carlos

Whether or not you're enthralled by the World Cup, this Roberto Carlos score — dubbed "the Impossible Goal" — is a wonder from the perspective of physics. » 6/16/10 6:20am 6/16/10 6:20am