Andrew McKinnon

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EPO explained

<b>BBC Sport Online examines EPO, or erythropoietin, the latest performance-enhancing drug to hit athletics.</b><p><b>What is it?</b><p>Erythropoietin (EPO) is a hormone naturally produced by the kidneys.<p>However, this hormone can be artificially produced to improve the performance of, for example, athletes or cyclists …

Drug Testing

EPO and Blood Doping in Sports

When it comes to finding an athletic edge, athletes will try just about anything from using the latest training and recovery techniques, modifying …

Cycling

Russians May Have New Process To Boost EPO, Endurance

Economist article says Russian company is using xenon gas to assist the nation's athletes.<p>As the Sochi Winter Olympics get underway, <i>The Economist</i> magazine has published a story alleging that Russian athletes have used xenon gas to stimulate EPO production and enhance endurance performance.<p>The …

EPO is old hat for cycling's new generation of doping cheats

A burst of positive tests for a dangerous synthetic product threatens the sport's clean-up attempts<p>When Danilo Di Luca got himself thrown off the Giro d'Italia a couple of weeks ago, it seemed like a gust of stale air blowing in from a half-forgotten past. Traces of erythropoietin had been found in …

Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the drama of the Dirtiest Race in History

When I started writing this blog 18 months ago, there were numerous sporting events that immediately sprung to mind when I considered which topics to cover. One certainty was that at some point I would try my very best to research, investigate, and compose a piece about the 1988 Olympics men's 100m …

Giant Kazakh Oil Field Is Stuck Between 'A Widow Maker' And 'A Rotating Bomb'

MILAN (Reuters) - Western oil majors struggling to restart production at one of the world's biggest offshore oilfields in Kazakhstan have found that whole kilometers of pipeline are defective, two people recently returned from the $50 billion project say.<p>Replacing the damaged section altogether may …

Oil sands among riskiest energy plays in the world

Some of the world's costliest energy projects are in Alberta's oil sands and some could be cancelled without higher oil prices, according to a new report by a financial think-tank that focuses on climate risk.<p>The study by the Carbon Tracker Initiative highlighted 20 of the biggest projects around …

Economists: 'The World Will Soon Be Awash With Oil'

So they're accelerating their forecasts and suggesting the world will "soon be awash with oil," cutting the per-barrel Brent Crude price to just $70 (£44.4) by the end of 2016, four years earlier than they previously anticipated.<p>Here's the basis of their bullish case:<p><b>Less risk from the Middle East.</b> …

Democrats defeat bill to build controversial oil pipeline from Canada to US

Yes vote would have meant defeat for environmentalists and signalled new era of animosity between resurgent Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama.<p>The Democrat-controlled Senate narrowly defeated a bill Tuesday to approve a controversial pipeline from Canada to the US, a massive project …

Levelized Cost Of Electricity: Renewable Energy's Ticking Time Bomb?

Solar panels and wind turbines are rapidly becoming competitive with conventional electric generating technologies like natural gas and coal.<p>At least that is what many of Wall Street’s most esteemed investment firms seem to be telling anyone willing to listen to them.<p>Last week, Diane Cardwell, a …

Denmark Eyes North Pole, but How Much Oil and Gas Await?

Countries are looking at the long-term economic potential of the Arctic.<p>Just days before Christmas, Denmark has laid claim to an energy-rich but difficult-to-develop part of the world that's a fount of holiday lore: the North Pole.<p>The Arctic's fate will take years to decide, but it's attracted …

Here's How Much Oil The World's Biggest Oil Players Are Sitting On

Despite Saudi Arabia's huge reserves, RBC writes that "a policy of keeping prices low for the prolonged period needed to put US shale producers out of business would essentially eliminate the country's reserves. According to the International Monetary Fund, if oil prices fall $25 below the Fund's …

Top Ten Energy Stories from 2014

2014 included headlines of stalled infrastructure projects, concerns over plummeting oil prices, and tough partisan battles over the future of renewables and greenhouse gas emission targets.<p>Yet despite these hurdles, bright spots can be seen on the horizon in the global energy market for 2015, due …

Oil hits April 2009 low, then pares loss on U.S. oil rig data | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global oil markets resumed their slide on Friday, with Brent and U.S. crude hitting April 2009 lows and ending down for a seventh straight week, although prices recovered from their lows after a sharp drop in the U.S. oil rig count.<p>A man fills up his car at a petrol station in …

Oil

Bad idea: Shell’s gearing up to start drilling in the Arctic again

Despite major risks and the dropping price of oil, the company plans to resume oil exploration this summer<p>Neither risk of an oil spill nor global climate change nor the falling price of oil will keep Shell from exploiting the Arctic's oil.<p>After suspending its Arctic program for years following the …

Fish piracy costs $23bn a year

Fish piracy - seafood caught illegally, not reported to authorities or outside environmental and catch regulations - represents as much as $10 …

FDA

New era of fisheries policy needed to secure nutrition for millions

A new study published in <i>PNAS</i> argues that for fisheries policies to be effective they must take in to account not just fish stock conservation and …

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Here are some suggestions for finding information on the site:<p>Former Secretary Tillerson's content is available at …

Fin: The Last Days of Fish

<b>A mile or two</b> off the coast of Cape Cod, just east of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Ted Ligenza shoves a hand across the ignition switch of the <i>Reina …

The Secret to Being Mentally Tough

Mental Skills Training Tip<p><i>The Secret to Being Mentally Tough</i><p>For your August Mental Skills Training Tip I’m borrowing from my book, On Top of Your …

Self-improvement

Avoid Swimming Anxiety In Your Next Race | Page 2 of 2

<b>But what if anxiety still happens?</b><p>It’s not the end of the world if you still feel your heart, breathing and stroke rates getting away from you …

The Panic Room

Many, many triathletes have experienced sudden anxiety in the open water swim leg of their races. Do we know just how frequently this occurs? No. …

How Badly Do You Want It?

In the lead-up to those brutal workouts (that would turn out to be not so brutal once started – as usual) I would revisit my season-end goals as many …

Visceral