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Monday, February 8, 2010

Secret Science Equals Gold Medals?

With the 2010 Winter Olympics about to get underway in Vancouver, the Canadian government is hoping that money poured into it's "Own The Podium" program equates to  Olympic medals. One of the pieces of science that particularly interests me is research being conducted on the curling ice where researchers are using infrared and other technical methods of studying the effect of sweeping on a curling stone. The theory was always that the sweeping action actually melted the ice slightly giving the desired affect on the curling stone as it travels down the sheet of ice. Professor Tom Jenkin, University of Western Ontario, has dispelled this theory and has come up with dozens of other discoveries to assist the Canadian teams in their quest for gold.

Source: CBC