“Chinese bluegrass” performed by Mei Han’s Red Chamber 紅庭 with John Reischman and the Jaybirds. The instruments include an iluqin, mandolin, bass, pipa, guitar, sanxian, banjo, and ruan. The song is “Katy Hill.”
In a series of illustrations entitled “Twelve Animals,” graphic artist Kentaro Nagai rearranges the world map to create the beasts of the Chinese zodiac.
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The Beijing pool is 3 metres deep, a metre deeper than standard competitive pools. As explained in this week’s issue of New Scientist magazine, the extra depth helps dissipate the turbulence caused by the swimmer’s movement, causing less resistance. In other words, they are being helped by the architecture.
You could argue that technological “fixes” like this diminish the value of modern sporting records, making it unfair to compare the performances of this year’s athletes with those through history. Some critics have suggested, for example, that since the reduced friction suits used by runners and swimmers give them an undeniable advantage over previous competitors, their race times should be adjusted downwards to reflect this.
The problem with this line of reasoning is that there is no end to it. Technology – science too – has always been part of sport, from the design of runners’ shoes and aerodynamic bikes to the development of improved training regimes and performance-enhancing diets.