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How Max King Got So Fast—and How You Can, Too

Starting in 2007, King, a standout cross-country runner, spent a year and a half training exclusively for the steeplechase. The result? The worst national-championship race of his life. (He didn’t even advance out of his first-round heat.) A week later, to vent his frustration, King signed up for …

Cracking the Sub-Two-Hour Marathon

This weekend, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya ran 2:03:23 at the Berlin Marathon. He broke Patrick Makau’s world record by 15 seconds. The first recognized world record was 2:04:55 by Paul Tergat at Berlin set in 2003. Prior to that, only “world bests” were recognized.<p>In light of Berlin, will humans ever …

The 6 Sharpest-Looking Smartwatches

Most fitness bands have a problem. Two problems, actually. They're ugly. And they're uncomfortable to wear. And that's costing wearable tech companies business.<p>It’s true: Beauty matters and <i>sells.</i> Worldwide annual watch sales total $50 billion—a huge business that Apple wants a part of. But the …

“It’s impossible to answer the question, why do you run. It appeals to many levels of a person. At the bottom there is that possibility of cutting away the unessential things, and reducing life to a sport’s parable. It is elementally simple, and something you can do in consonance with the earth, the wind, sunshine, what ever is falling on your head. It gets away from all the trammels of civilization and society. And when you are doing it, you’re doing something you wouldn’t be doing in your street clothes, because you would sense the imposition of society at that point. But when you are running, you expect the people whose rose garden you’re cutting through or clothes line you’re ducking under will also sense that liberation in you. Something about being out there running makes the world look different. It makes you expect the world will react differently to you. Yeah, it is the great leveler, the great democratizer, Toni. And as the running movement seems to be always reaching outward and gaining strength, perhaps it will result in a one-world attitude after all.” John J Kelley speaking to Toni Reavis. Friday, March 15, 1957 5:50 AM: From home to Shennecossett for 2⅓ laps, returning home, all at steady 6:30 pace. Time = 57 minutes. Wearing flats and longjohns in cloudy … weather (40, w/ fresh SE wind) Day_____ 8 Week____ 60 Month___ 163 Year____ 855 Saturday, March 16, 1957 10:00 AM: From Bill to Bill, 7 laps on Shennecossett at comfortable 6:25 pace, in ideal weather (fair, fresh W wind, 50°), wearing flats + longjohns. Time for total (house to house) = 2:12. 20 pushups Day_____ 21 Week____ 81 Month___ 184 Year____ 865 #JohnnyKelleyLog #AnalogLog

Can Ryan Hall Bounce Back?

“Ryan Hall is done.”<p>That’s what you would have heard had you tuned in to usatf.tv’s live coverage of the 2015 Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday. Halfway through the race, Ryan Hall, once the golden boy of American distance running, decided to call it quits in what many were hoping would be his return …

Marathons

Hackers hack monster burritos down to sensible size

“Burrito creep” is the sort of jargon you’re unlikely to hear unless you descend deep into a highly specialized world. In this case, that world is …

Going vegetarian can cut your diet’s carbon footprint in half

The agricultural industry is a heavy global warmer, responsible for a tenth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But not all farm bounties are …

This Plaid Shirt Has A Secretly Bike-Friendly Design

By day, this plaid shirt looks like an ordinary button-down. As soon as it gets dark, the design reveals another side: Special retroreflective stripes shine under streetlights or headlights, making it ideally suited for bike commuting.<p>“It’s the same technology that they use in street signs,” says …

A mapping group at MIT wants to show us the way to greener cities

Walking down the street, that feeling swells up inside you — the buildings, the restaurants, the parks, the people: THIS is New York.<p>Or maybe it’s …

Bikers Suck Down Less Pollution When They Ride In Separated Bike Lanes

A simple barrier of vegetation can ensure cyclists are breathing cleaner air as they ride.<p>If you want to encourage cycling in cities, separated bike lanes are key, say cycling advocates. While hard-core riders are happy to mix it with motorized traffic, inexperienced cyclists want the safety and …

How paralysis forced Michael Graves to design a better wheelchair

Michael Graves has done chairs before. The architect and designer who almost single-handedly brought the concept of no-brow—high design for the masses—into American culture conjured teak patio chairs for Target; Arts and Crafts-inspired lounge chairs for Arkitectura; sleek stacking chairs for Kron …

Fortune 500 companies store billions in offshore tax havens, says report

The majority of Fortune 500 companies stash their cash away from the reach of United States authorities in tax havens around the world, keeping $90 billion out of the country’s coffers and placing an extra burden on American citizens, according to a new report released on Thursday.<p>In 2013, Apple, …

The EPA's Dramatic New Plan May Not Be So Dramatic After All

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Details of President Obama's <i>assertive</i> executive action are coming out ahead of tomorrow's unveiling …

Be Skeptical of Both Piketty And His Skeptics

Data never has a virgin birth<b>.</b> It can be tempting to assume that the information contained in a spreadsheet or a database is pure or clean or beyond …

Don't buy the 'sharing economy' hype: Airbnb and Uber are facilitating rip-offs

The "sharing economy" – typified by companies like Airbnb or Uber, both of which now have market capitalizations in the billions – is the latest fashion craze among business writers. But in their exuberance over the next big thing, many boosters have overlooked the reality that this new business …

Thomas Piketty's real challenge was to the FT's Rolex types

Thomas Piketty's Capital was still No 3 on the Amazon bestseller list when the Financial Times dropped its front-page bombshell. By picking through the spreadsheets the "rock-star French economist" had placed online, the FT concluded that his key data appeared to be "constructed out of thin …

Britain's richest 1% own as much as poorest 55% of population

Britain's richest 1% have accumulated as much wealth as the poorest 55% of the population put together, according to the latest official analysis of who owns the nation's £9.5tn of property, pensions and financial assets.<p>In figures that also lay bare the extent of inequality across the north-south …

Why Thomas Piketty's wealth equation doesn't work in Britain

Thomas Piketty, in his much-cited recent book on the distribution of wealth, argues that because the return on capital is greater than the long-term growth rate, wealth must by definition become increasingly concentrated in fewer hands. But today's data on the wealth and assets survey from the …

New Super-Strong, Self-Healing, Infinitely Recyclable Polymers Will Change How We Make Things

Recycling valuable chip components inside our electronics could suddenly become a lot more doable–and that’s just the beginning.<p>It’s nearly impossible to go through a day without encountering polymers–molecules that play a part in paint, plastic, food packaging, car and plane parts, clothes, cell …

West Antarctica ice sheet collapse: 'it will change the coastline of the world'

We should be worried, and it looks increasingly probable that we should be worried – that's what these new studies on the west Antarctic ice sheet tell me.<p>The interesting thing for me as a glaciologist is that the authors are guys that are normally pretty conservative but – by saying the collapse …

Clever Camping Cookware Designs

Auto designers and Milan-friendly furniture folks are the rockstars of industrial design, but designers who work on camping cookware deserve more …

Climate Deniers: The House Is On Fire, but They’re Staying Put

“Oklahoma is burning, both literally and figuratively,” the state’s climatologist reported Monday, as temperatures soared into the triple digits and …

A Smarter Light Bulb That Mimics The Setting Sun

And all you need to operate it is a light switch.<p>In the age of smart appliances, we’re using everything from our iPhones to our gestures to control Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-connected thermostats and smoke detectors. But a new, smarter light bulb called the Drift by Saffron needs only the most domestic …

Germany a key market for fair trade products | DW | 07.05.2014

A transparent production chain, sick pay and maternity leave for employees and complying with climate policies are the goals of the Fairtrade …

Fair Trade

How Climate Change Is Already Disrupting America

A new report from the government finds that the time to worry about climate change is now (or, really, years ago), because it is here in full effect already.<p>This morning, the Obama Administration released a major report showing how climate change is already upon us. From agriculture to human …

From Fuck Cancer’s Founder, A New App For People Who Ask “How Can I Help?”

When someone gets sick, well-meaning friends and family often offer help that’s not really helpful. New coordinated care app StandWith helps seamlessly coordinate the type of care patients actually need.<p>As Yael Cohen knows too well, when a family member gets sick, all the people who offer to help …

All the Western companies you’d have to combine to get something like Alibaba

Alibaba, which filed for its IPO on May 6, isn’t just the “Amazon of China”—it’s also the Dropbox, PayPal, Uber, Hulu, ING Direct, and more. Though Google has its fingers in a similarly high volume of pies, its enterprises, unlike Alibaba’s, are exclusively digital.<p>Alibaba’s distinct businesses …

Youths Sue US Government Over Climate Inaction

Young people across the country are suing several government agencies for failing to develop a climate change recovery plan, conduct that amounts to a violation of their constitutional rights, says their lawyer Julia Olson.<p>Their futures are at stake, say the young plaintiffs.<p>“Climate change is the …