Jacob Beckstrom

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How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

12 psychological tricks to winning people over

When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the brain's natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

Advice to a Young Athlete

Looking for marginal gains? Start here.<p>A few months ago, I got a nice e-mail from a young elite cyclist who was looking to break through to the next level. He had talent and determination and was willing to work as hard as anyone in the world, but he needed just an extra percent or two to be …

Male Long-Distance Runners Are (Probably) More Attractive To Women, Says Science

Male long-distance runners are not only fitter than most - they may also find it easier to attract women, researchers have said.<p>People who are better …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

Why video games may be good for you

Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects. Scientists say they are not only understanding why, but they also trying to put these observations to the test.<p>The spreadsheet was seven feet long. Printed in …

University of British Columbia

Use This Word, Starting Now

Cyclists have "kit." So why are runners still using the word "gear"?<p>I've had it up to here with the word <i>kit</i>. There, I said it.<p>Actually, let me rephrase that. I've had it up to here with American cyclists using the word <i>kit</i> to describe the stuff they wear, which they do at every opportunity. Careful …

New REMY Shoe a 'Game Changer,' Says REMY

Warning: Revolutionary design's awesomeness may make heads explode.<p>Upstart running shoe manufacturer REMY today unveiled its latest shoe, a radical model called the Gimmùk. Sources* tell Remy's World that the shoe is poised to shatter existing notions of what a running shoe can be.<p>The shoe's upper …

The List: Friday, July 5

What savvy runners will be talking about this weekend...<p><b>1. Presumption of innocence,</b> the legal principle that we're trying hard to keep in mind as we read about the Massachusetts guy charged with filing a false claim with The One Fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.<p><b>2. Dave Koenig,</b> a Maine …

Motivation - The Running Bug

9 Reasons Why I’m Not Complaining About Running in Heat/Humidity*

*Except maybe a little bit right now<p>Because, if you need to drop weight fast (Lose 4 Pounds in 12 Minutes!), it’s the best way to do so, with the exception of eating three-days-in-the-sun potato salad.<p>Because every step taken at 90+ is a big ol’ slap to the face of the weather gods who don’t think …

8 Things Runners Should Know About Coffee

Your favorite morning indulgence has some health and performance benefits, too.<p><b>Caffeine (in coffee or otherwise) improves performance…</b> Hundreds of studies have shown that consuming caffeine before a physical challenge likely helps subjects go farther and faster than when they go without it. This …

The U.S. Flag Shorts Code

On this Independence Day, let's review the rules surrounding patriotic running bottoms.<p><b>Note to readers: Remy's World is taking a day off. Here is a recycled classic column from July 2013. Happy Independence Day. - Mark</b><p>Along with the Guy in the Tri Suit, the Kid in the Basketball Shorts, and the …

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical …

Motivational Posters

Does Pronation Matter?

A comprehensive new study finds no difference in injury rates for different foot types.<p>In the relatively recent past, things were simple: your foot type was classified as overpronator, underpronator, or neutral, and you were supposed to get a running shoe designed for that foot type. If you got …

8 Ways to Stay Cooler During Summer Runs

Simple ways to fight off the heat during warm-weather runs.<p>Summer is a terrific time to run, but hot temperatures can be a challenge. Here are some simple ways to deal with the heat and enjoy your hot weather runs.

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …

Build Power, Strength and Speed for the Final Kick

Finish your next race strong and fast.<p>The most shocking thing about Galen Rupp's silver medal in the Olympic 10,000 meters last summer was how he won it. Rupp had a reputation for not finishing strong, but in London, his ferocious speed in the final lap carried him past all but one of the world's …

Sympathy Cards for Runners

In honor of National Running Day, let's pause to say "sorry."<p>Happy National Running Day!<p>Yes, it's National Running Day, "a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running," except for Mark Remy, who declares his bemusement with National Running Day and then pokes gentle fun at it. …

The Third Energy System

There's aerobic and anaerobic... and there's also phosphocreatine.<p>Interesting bit of trivia about energy use during exercise, from a new paper in the <i>European Journal of Applied Physiology</i> by researchers in Portugal. We (i.e. endurance-oriented folks) normally think about two different types of …

Upper Body Exercises That Improve Running Form | Competitor.com

<i>Avoid neglecting your upper body for better form and improved posture when running.</i><p>A bulky upper body haunts the dreams of runners nearly as much as …