Like the World Cup? Like Volcanoes? 2014 Volcano World Cup! #GroupH

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Don’t forget that the Volcano World Cup from ERUPTIONS blog is still going on. Now onto Group H. My previous post about this super fun take on a new competition involving the 2014 World Cup countries.

ERUPTIONS blog, by Erik Klemetti, at wired.com has put together an informative and interactive group of posts that pit volcanoes of the world against each other (from countries in the actual 2014 FIFA World Cup) . Check out the posts and start voting for the 2014 Volcano World Cup winner!!

What is the Volcano World Cup? I’m going to take each of the participating countries in the real World Cup and have all of you vote on which are the most volcanically excellent. It will be set up exactly the same as the World Cup – group stage, round of 16, quarter-, semi- and finals – except it will be your votes that move nations forward.

For Groups B, C, etc of the Volcano World Cup, go to ERUPTIONS here

Teddy Roosevelt is great, but the most epic USA fans of the 2014 World Cup are in SPACE #CauseScience

Everyone who has been watching the 2014 World Cup USA games has probably seen the amazing fan that dresses up like Teddy Roosevelt. If you haven’t, or can’t get enough of him, see below tweet from Buzzfeed.

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See, as epic as Teddy Roosevelt was historically, and as epic as this fan is now, in my own humble opinion, the most epic fans at the World Cup are these guys. I guess you can argue that they aren’t AT the World Cup, but then again, they are right above it sometimes.

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They are watching and supporting ‘Merica from SPACE… that’s right: SPACE. How can you be more epic than space? SO my vote for the most epic fans for team USA are the astronauts, who have taken time from doing science and being astronauts, to watch and play the games in space. Follow them on twitter to get more awesome updates from the International Space Station (@astro_reid @Astro_Alex ).

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The Technology Behind The 2014 World Cup [Infographic] | Popular Science

Science and the world cup…. check out this awesome infographic from popular science. It describes the new goal line technology, and a bunch of other science that happens at the 2014 FIFA World Cup!

The Technology Behind The 2014 World Cup [Infographic] | Popular Science.

Brain abnormalities in players that ‘head’ the ball #WorldCupReminder

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is a good time to remind people that any impact to your head, including headers in soccer, can cause brain changes and abnormalities. This 2013 study in Radiology, showed brain changes by MRI in players that head the ball more.

RESULTS:

Participants had headed 32-5400 times (median, 432 times) over the previous year. Heading was associated with lower FA at three locations in temporo-occipital white matter with a threshold that varied according to location (885-1550 headings per year) (P < .00001). Lower levels of FA were also associated with poorer memory scores (P < .00001), with a threshold of 1800 headings per year. Lifetime concussion history and demographic features were not significantly associated with either FA or cognitive performance.

CONCLUSION:

Heading is associated with abnormal white matter microstructure and with poorer neurocognitive performance. This relationship is not explained by a history of concussion.

 

Experience Brazil’s World Cup stadiums from the comfort of your desk #thanksgoogle

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Check out all of the 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums on the official Google maps page. Can you tell we are excited about the world cup starting!!!!

https://www.google.com/maps/views/streetview/brazils-world-cup-stadiums?gl=us

2014 FIFA World Cup will feature new goalline technology #GOAL

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Chris Wright reports on phys.org the new goal line technology that will by used in Brazil. It is unhackable and ‘100%’ accurate. However, the final call is still up to the referees.

World governing body FIFA awarded the contract to the German company (GoalControl) 16 months ago and there will be 14  at each of the 12 World Cup stadiums to determine if an attempt on goal has crossed the line or not.

There are seven cameras trained on each goal and the cameras each take 500 pictures per second, sending a “GOAL” message to the referee’s watch if the ball is in, GoalControl chairman Bjoern Lindner explained.