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The Ability to Throw Made Us Human

Scientists have discovered that one of the primary things that has made us human is a surprising one: our ability to throw.

Researcher Neil T. Roach proposes that this ability first evolved nearly 2 million years ago to aid in hunting. Humans are unique in their throwing ability, even when compared to our chimpanzee cousins.
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Human Growth Hormone Doesn't Build Muscles

All those baseball players got in trouble for no reason: new research reveals that exercise-related testosterone and growth hormone do NOT play an influential role in building muscle after weightlifting, despite conventional wisdom suggesting otherwise.

Bodybuilders--and professional athletes--who try to manipulate those hormones...
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Baseball is Radioactive in Japan

What would you do if you were a baseball player who was afraid to slide to second base because you might pick up radiation from the dust? This would be as big a disaster in Japan as would be in the US, since baseball is one of that countries most popular sports.

There has been a vast radiation disaster in Japan, and efforts have been...
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When Losers Win

When it comes to professional sports, this is often the case. For instance, not long after Labor Day, the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched their 19th consecutive losing season--the longest stretch of futility in any major professional American sport. Yet, thanks to revenue sharing, television contracts and other non-gate income, Pirate owners have been...
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Baseball is a Game Filled with Pranks

As the baseball season winds down, it's worth looking at the kinds of pranks that players play on each other. One prank that's been done is loading up an orange with shots of an oral numbing ointment and waiting for an unsuspecting teammate to consume it.

In the...
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What Makes an Athlete?

As the baseball season winds down and the football season is poised (hopefully) to begin, it's interesting to think about why some people become professional athletes and others don't. It's not just a matter of talent and determination--it also involves having the right GENES. In other words, what's more important: nature or nurture?
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Why Your Team isn't Scoring

Three strikes and you're out! Does your team seem full of limp bats? And what about basketball--is your team in that sport doing badly as well? Donuts, bat wraps, weighted gloves are some of the many...
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Baseball Science

With the World Series coming up, it's more important than ever - In baseball, we've often told you how sports and science are entangled, and here's another way: New research suggests that no pitcher can make a curveball "break" or a fastball "rise," it's all an optical illusion.

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Baseball Science

Mathematicians investigate baseball! One way for a major league hitter to win a baseball game is to veer toward the dugout on the way to first base. While at first glance this route might not seem the best way to start a sprint toward home plate, it's the actually fastest way around the diamond.

Although the quickest path to first base...

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Baseball Problems

Isn't the season over? - Who's thinking of baseball now? We have basketballand football to watch. But with the annual winter baseball meetings under way, fans wonder whether the expensive long-term contracts their favorite team gives to big name free agents will give them the incentive to play hard. Are those big salaries worth...

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Athletes Need to be a Little Strange

"Monk" with a baseball bat? The image of the obsessive-compulsive TV detective swinging away may seem ludicrous, but it's not so far-fetched after all, because it turns out that the best athletes are all "OC." And You know you shouldn't take vitamins after you exercise. We've also told you that chocolate milk and coffee work better than sports...

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Baseball Physics

...It's not quantum (yet) - Mechanical engineers say that baseball pitching coaches are coaching their players all wrong (which is why the pitching is so bad on most teams?) They should be paying attention to Newtonian physics!

Mike Marshall, the former major league baseball pitcher, does it right: he teaches a pitching...

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Baseball Money

It's all in the POST season! - What's the baseball post-season worth to a team?in money, that is? New research shows for each postseason win, the Philadelphia Phillies organization will receive approximately $2.5 million in revenue this year and $3.3 million in revenue next year. Each Tampa Bay win will bring in approximately $...

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Baseball: A Latino Game?

We know it's a lefties game, but increasingly, it's also a LATINO game. When Jackie Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947, his appearance shattered an 80-year baseball color line that segregated the game as a "white only" sport. Now, more than 60 years later, the number of black players has dwindled and players of...

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Baseball: A Lefties Game

A losing team might call this a conspiracy, but it's really only science: while 90% of the human population is right-handed, in baseball 25% of the players, both pitchers, and hitters, are lefties. The game of baseball is actually designed to favor left-handed players.

Engineer David A. Peters says, "There is a premium on lefthanders...

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Baseball Science

Physicists say that the newly extended baseball season, where teams play a total of 162 games, gives weaker teams an advantage. Meanwhile, psychologists are trying to figure out how successful hitters keep their eye on the ball.

In LiveScience.com, Andrea Thompson writes that while the top teams usually win the most games, weaker teams...

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Baseball: Why They're Not Hitting Like They Used To

After baseball's offensive explosion of the late 1990s, Major League Baseball's batters cooled off beginning in the 2001 season, and two university historians think they know why: a larger de facto strike zone beginning in 2001 and drug-testing (starting in 2003) in the major leagues.

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Baseball Science

Catching a fly ball may look easy, but scientists know that it's anything but: it turns out it's the hardest hit to catch.

Researcher Ken Fuld became curious about this when his son began playing professional baseball. He says, "An outfielder is computing a collision course between the ball and the fielder in much the same way as a bird...

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Bad News About New Stadiums

Now that the Superbowl is over and baseball season will arrive soon, a new study finds that switching to a new stadium can have a dramatically bad effect on a team's performance, because it reduces players' testosterone levels. "It'll probably cost you a couple of points in a season, and in some sports, that's the difference between winning and...

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How to Hit in Baseball

Mathematician Bruce Bukiet, of the New Jersey Institute ofTechnology, has figured out something many coaches haven't:how to have the perfect batting line-up. Baseball teamswould play better if coaches did away with the traditionalbatting line-up, he says. Putting the best batter second,rather than the fourth as is usually done, could improve...

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