When Seconds Count…

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:09 Written by Albert Greenhut Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:26

Formula 1

Seconds matter in sports. This was on display during the Olympic men’s downhill ski race. Bode Miller, the American favorite, was on a quest to finally win this race in an Olympics. He did not, and the winner, Matthias Mayer won with a time of 2:06.23, about half a second faster than Miller, in fact the top twelve finishers were within one second of the winner and all 47 competitors were within 10 seconds of each other, here are details and results.

Another sport that catches my eye is F1 racing. These cars are built for speed (averaging about 185 mph over tracks with winding turns). This sport also puts a premium on time. I am used to seeing NARCAR pit crews working at around 14 seconds but the Formula 1 cars are only about 2 seconds long because they do not refuel, they just change tires. This video shows the fruits of their practice, labor, and choreography. All of these show that the little things, hitting a gate or a bump in skiing or taking an extra second while changing a tire can mean the difference between winning and losing.

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Unintended Consequences – How Wolves Change Rivers

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:39 Written by Albert Greenhut Monday, 10 March 2014 06:17

I enjoy camping and have been receiving flyers and opinion polls because of my time spent in Yellowstone Park. While there I learned about how the reintroduction of wolves (after a 70 year absence) changed the behavior of the animals and the land. I recently found a video that described the lengths to which the park and its wildlife were affected. In short, the wolves thinned the elk and deer populations, which were over-grazing and that lead to regrowth of vegetation that drew more birds that were followed by small animals.

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