• Brazils Cowardly Olympic Opening Ceremony Whitewash
  • The Craziest Gambling Bets To Place On the Rio 2016 Olympics
  • Stella Walsh was an Olympian in the 1930s. She was also intersex.
  • 9 Criminally Overlooked Sports to Watch at the Rio Olympics
  • What to Watch at the Olympics Today

Brazils Cowardly Olympic Opening Ceremony Whitewash

Afraid of being booed in front of the world, Brazils interim presidentwho brought in a government of all white menducked out of the introductions.”> He couldnt bear to open the show with 60,000 boos reverberating before a billion-strong global television audience. In a breach of Olympic protocoland the running order in the programthere was no presentation of the president at the start of the Opening Ceremony. It was yet another…


Stella Walsh was an Olympian in the 1930s. She was also intersex.

Stella Walsh was one of the greatest female athletes in history, even though the world tried to strip her of her medals … and her gender. Photo via audiovis.nac.gov.pl. “The Queen of Sprint,” as Walsh was more commonly known, was an unequivocal champion of the 100-meter dash. She also happened to be intersex a reality she kept secret in life because she feared what it might do to her career….


9 Criminally Overlooked Sports to Watch at the Rio Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will feature 306 distinctmedal events, in sports from aquatics to wrestling. However, only a fraction of those will be shown during NBC’s primetime coverage, which means if you’re not paying attention you’ll misssome of theoddities ofworldwide sportlikehandball, racewalking, or synchronized footbag. (OK, not that last one.)That’s where we come in: with a fewnew sports, some relics from Ye Olde Olympics, and some…


What to Watch at the Olympics Today

You love the Olympics, but you’re no expert, not even an aficionado. What to watch? Below, some highlights. Below that, what happened in the events we flagged for you earlier. Events can be live-streamed on NBC’s website. Check back here daily for more previews of the drama in Rio. Thursday, Aug. 11 3 p.m. ETBiles goes for gold in the individual all-around competition. NBC wont air the competition between Americans Simone Biles and…


Mexicos Richest Man Wants a Three-Day Workweek

The following is a condensed and edited interview with Carlos Slim, chairman emeritus, Amrica Mvil.  Can you tell us about your plan for shorter workweeks?Shorter workweeks are a solution to civilization shifts. Historically, the more technology advances and the more progress there is, people work less. Whats happening now is that people live longer, in better health, and without the need for physical effort. This civilization demands more knowledge, more…


Animal Rights Activists Free Captive Penguin Into The Ocean, Probably Resulting In Its Death

This is something that we really shouldnt have to clarify, but guys, please dont steal penguins from captivity and release them into the wild because they shouldnt be kept in captivity. A pair of activists hoping to free a penguin from Bayworld, South Africa, may have inadvertently just signed his death sentence after releasing him into the ocean, as he doesnt know how to fish. The penguin’s keepers only noticed…


The 2016 Rio Olympics By the Numbers

The Olympics is the leading international sporting event-and has the numbers to prove it.”> 1: The number of Olympic Games hosted in South America (including this one). Rio de Janeiro won the bid in 2009 beating out Tokyo, Chicago, and Madrid. $261: The approximate value of the gold contained in an Olympic medal, which only contain 6g (1.2%) of actual gold. 7,000: The approximate number of hours of programming NBCUniversals…


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21 Life Lessons Learned From Some Of The Worlds Greatest Sports Coaches

For people who dont play or like sports, sports metaphors are frustrating, obnoxious or cliche. Of course, they think this at their loss. Even the ancient philosophers from Seneca to Epictetus to Socrates loved to reference sports. Wrestling, gymnastics, boxing, runningyou cant crack an ancient text and not find them connecting philosophy to metaphors about sparring, about competing in the Olympics, and training and winning and losing. They do this…


It’s time to talk about Colin Kaepernick becoming the 49ers starting quarterback

Teammates Eli Harold, left, and Eric Reid, right, joined Kaepernick, center, in kneeling before the most recent 49ers game. Image: Ted S. Warren/AP SAN FRANCISCO Well, this would certainly turn up the heat. The guy whose silent national anthem protests sparked a movement and ignited backlash? It’s one thing when he’s a reserve who fades into the background after the song’s final note. It’s quite another when he’s the starting…


Storm chasers: the typhoon turbine that could power Japan for 50 years

Tokyo, Japan (CNN)“Typhoons are normally nothing but a disaster,” says Atsushi Shimizu. But that’s not the case for this Japanese engineer, who believes these violent forces of nature could solve Japan’s green energy problem. Watch a typhoon blow this car away Then they incorporated the Magnus effect — the sideways force that causes a spinning object todeviate from a straight path, like the spin on a penalty kick in soccer….


An Unprecedented Look at Stuxnet, the Worlds First Digital Weapon

Excerpted from Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the Worlds First Digital Weapon As the excerpt begins, it’s June 2009—a year or so since Stuxnet was first released, but still a year before the covert operation will be discovered and exposed. As Iran prepares for its presidential elections, the attackers behind Stuxnet are also preparing their next assault on the enrichment plant with a new version of…


12 Things to Watch Before They Leave Netflix in October

September is notorious for being the graveyard of film the release calendar. Studios dump movies into theaters knowing that many people are returning to post-summer life and not hitting the multiplex. Similarly, the television season doesnt really get underway until after the Emmys, which took place a week ago. If that means you’ve been spending the month catching up on your Netflix queue, good for you! But if you haven’t,…


Esports teams Dignitas and Apex acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers

Image: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images Traditional sports are mingling with esports more and more as NBA players, managers and now teams are investing in and acquiring esports teams around the world. The Philadelphia 76ers are now the owners of esports organizations Team Dignitas and Apex now merged under the name Dignitas which field teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Smite. The Sixers…


Monstrous fish attacks man during glorious half-time football show

LONDON In Britain, football matches aren’t exactly known for their half-time entertainment. Normally everyone retreats inside for 15 minutes, grabs a drink and maybe a pie of some description, then heads back up to the stands again. But Derby Counts F.C. just set a new bar. SEE ALSO: Soccer-loving koala runs onto field during a match During their Championship match against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, Derby found an unusual but…


Sam Allardyce Quits As England Soccer Manager After Newspaper Sting

July 25, 2016: Newly appointed England manager Sam Allardyce displays an England scarf, in Burton-on-Trent, England.  (Martin Rickett/PA via AP, File) Sam Allardyce left his position as England manager on Tuesday after only one match in charge over a series of damaging comments to undercover reporters that the English Football Association deemed “inappropriate.” The FA acted swiftly after British newspaper The Daily Telegraph published video of Allardyce appearing to offer…


Olympic Records Wont Come Easy in Rio Because of Climate Change

Athletes at the Olympic Games may struggle to break world records as they compete with Brazils rising temperatures caused by climate change. Marathon runners, swimmers, volleyball players and even soccer referees will succumb to extreme heat and lose concentration during the games, in some cases risking their lives to heatstroke, according to a report released Monday by soccer matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil required technical time when…


Communist China Looks for Independent Thinking as Problems Loom

The southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Dongguans decision to lure elite workers with cash payments of up to $3,000 owed much to a think tank founded in late 2013 after President Xi Jinping urged a greater role for research houses in policy making. Dongguan Talent Institute submitted a report early last year to local officials that showed the regions nascent robotics industry was craving new talent. Months later, measures were unveiled…


10 star athletes who died way too soon

From left:Fernndez, Prefontaine, Bias. Image: Paul Beaty,  Jeff Robbins, uncredited/AP The sports world reacted with shock and horror Sunday morning when news broke that Miami Marlins pitcher Jos Fernndez one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers and ebullient personalities died in a boating accident. Sadly, Fernndez joins a too-long list of professional athletes who have died while at or near the height of their powers and popularity. SEE ALSO: The bittersweet…


One man’s journey home after four years in the world’s largest refugee camp

Mohamed Omar Abdille boards a bus from the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya bound for Somalia on Aug. 11, 2016. Image: Anthony Langat / TakePart DADAAB REFUGEE COMPLEX, Kenya Mohamed Omar Abdille remembers the night before he left his home in Merca, Somalia, in September 2012 to begin life as a refugee. He was 15. Family and friends gathered around the table for a final meal before his departure. His…


In China, The World’s Biggest Radio Telescope Is Now Complete

The FAST instrument.  (Chinese Academy of Sciences) The largest radio telescope in the world is getting ready to start listening to the cosmos now that its finished, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced on Sunday. The mammoth telescope, located in the mountains of Guizhou, China, has an aperture thats over 1,600 feet long, and the entire size of the instrument is the same as 30 soccer fields, according to…


Jeering and Shouting Zika! Rio Crowds Rattle Team USAJust For Fun

Brazilian crowds are just starting to get into the Olympics. So why are people now telling them theyre not doing it right?”> It has taken Rio a while to get excited about South Americas first Olympic Games, but the city was filled with yellow Brazil shirts on Sunday night and the increasingly boisterous crowds suggested Olympic fever was starting to catch on. As passions rise in Brazil, however, outsiders are…


Rio Just Lost Its Mind Over Ping Pong. Yes, Ping Pong

The crowd packed into Rio Centro Pavilion 3 was small by Olympic standards, just 3,000 or so. But it roared like the audience at a World Cup match, chanting two syllables over and over. Hu-GO! Hu-GO! Hu-GO! The joyous sound reverberated through the low-ceilinged hall with every point Hugo Calderano notched against Peng Tang, growing more raucous as people lost their gourds for table tennis. Yes, table tennis. Go ahead,…


News Corp. Profit Misses Estimates as Advertising Sales Slump

News Corp., the Wall Street Journal and New York Post publisher controlled by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts estimates as a decline in ad sales outweighed an increase in digital revenue in its real estate business. Earnings, excluding some items, were 10 cents a share, short of analysts estimates of 13 cents a share, the average of projections compiled by Bloomberg. Revenue was $2.23 billion,…