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This is me clearing one of the last waterpit barriers before i won the silver medal,.
How to use your science skills in high-level sports

At first glance, combining a tough study with a time consuming hobby, like sporting, seems far from advantageous for either activity. There are, however, advantages. As already discussed in a previous post, you, as a student, can learn a thing or two from high-level athletes....

Science park supermarket Van
The misty myths of Science Park

“One day I was exploring the wildlife at Science Park. Just as I was slowly approaching this cute little frog, something made me jump back in agony: at the side of its body, there was a fifth leg!” Around Science Park there is a lot of...

These are some Japanese buildings near the waterside, they reflect beautifully in the water
Can physics explain our love for symmetry in daily life?

We tend to find people with symmetrical faces attractive, and most asymmetrical features are quite disturbing. A proof of the latter is in the picture of me with my face half-shaved:[caption id="attachment_5461" align="alignnone" width="477"] Me, half shaved, not at my most attractive.[/caption]Scientists are breaking their...

Dutch Women in bobsleigh riding through a curve during the final of the 2010 Olympic winter games in Vancouver
The physics of sports: Does a heavier bobsleigh make you go faster?

Now that athletes are reaching their physical peak, sports are turning to science to gain an advantage. Smoother swimsuits, lighter running shoes, more aerodynamic bicycles… there is even a maximum weight for bobsleighs!  Let’s see what physics has to say about this, shall we?The forces...

A few books from the first year of the Bachelor in Physics and Astronomy at the UvA. The right shoe is is a shoe especially made for the steeplechase: a steeplespike. The top shoe is a training shoe and a gold medal from the national championships.
What you can learn from athletes to improve your academic results

Getting through university is a lot like participating in a sports competition. Both take training, talent, stamina and determination. I should know – I’m the national 3000m steeplechase champion (2014) as well as a physics student. And I am sure students can learn a thing or two...

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