A Canadian engineering student achieved sustained flight in a human-powered ornithopter for the first time in August, and has just filed a claim for a world record, according to the University of Toronto.
In this highly personal talk, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes -- a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) -- and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.
By any measure, his 9.58sec performance in Berlin was almost unprecedented in athletics. It was not that long ago that the ten-second barrier was thought to be unbreakable.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt set the record Sunday for the 100-meter dash at 9.58 seconds. But Southern Methodist University's professor Peter Weyand, who specializes in the biomechanics of running, says runners still haven't come close to approaching human speed potential.
With science and technology advancing athletic performance across all sports, swimming's Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) governing body has decided to limit the amount and type of materials that can be used to make the fancy swimsuits worn by elite swimmers such as Michael Phelps