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A pitcher tries to throw a ball past a batter. AP Images/Eric Gay

Curious Kids: How does a curveball curve?

In baseball, a pitcher can throw a ball that seems to curve away just as it crosses the plate. How do they do it? It's all about aerodynamics.
Chris Froome (in the black jacket) of cycling team Ineos recently had a horrific crash while attempting to blow his nose while riding. Peter Powell / AAP

Sport is full of conspiracy theories – Chris Froome’s horrific cycling crash is just the latest example

Conspiracy theories help sports fans make sense of unexpected events – like when a whole rugby team becomes sick before a world cup final, or the retirement of Michael Jordan from basketball.
FC Barcelona’s Jordi Alba celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the La Liga match against SD Huesca in September, 2018. EPA-EFE/MARTA PEREZ

FC Barcelona: how our new research helped unlock the ‘Barca way’

It's not all about tiki-taka football. Our new research revealed how a unique philosophy, excellent coaching and cutting edge sports science help FC Barcelona get the best from its players.
Australia’s Michael Shelley will run in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games marathon. AAP

The science of elite long distance running

There are many factors that set elite runners apart from other runners, including training volume, physiology, tendon function and running technique.
The bodies of Olympic athletes are becoming more specialised, more differentiated – and much more extreme. Reuters/Max Rossi

Survival of the fittest: the changing shapes and sizes of Olympic athletes

Over time, the body sizes and shapes of Olympians have been moving apart from each other at light-speed, and have become increasingly specialised and differentiated.

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