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Topic: Sport and the technology of winning
Sport and the technology of winning
Sport, science and technology have been inextricably linked since the day an inflated pig bladder was transformed into a football. All aspects of sport are affected by science and technology, and the sports equipment business is now worth millions of pounds, selling to amateurs and professionals alike. Despite the advances one has to wonder whether the technology in sport is too good and can actually diminish the competitive thrill of the game. As golf balls and tennis balls are designed to be hit harder, longer and straighter, are skills levels and the ideals of raw talent lessened? And how should sports organisations control the use of new technology? While better equipment that is the product of expensive research and development allows amateurs to aspire to the levels of their professional heroes, does the application of science to sport risk ruining the game? Or has science improved the sport we watch and play?
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Topic section: Tennis
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Modern rackets have increased the speed of the ball so much that electronic systems have largely displaced human line judges. Even the ball is the product of technological innovation. But you will need more than the latest racket to beat the top players.  > more

Topic section: Disability sport
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Disability sports are growing rapidly and technology is playing an important role in their development. There is a wide variety of sophisticated wheelchairs designed for specific sports. And the competitors’ prostheses are engineered for maximum performance.  > more

Topic section: Horse racing
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Horse-racing may seem natural, but from the starting gate to the photo finish it is highly technological. Recent innovations include virtual racing and the cloning of a racehorse. Satellite broadcasting combines with off-course betting to form a multi-million pound industry.  > more
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