England might be out of the World Cup this week, but thousands of fans are still cheering their teams on across Brazil. But how does chanting change the behaviour of a football crowd? Why do free kicks and penalties still come down to good old physics? And how can economists use data from the pitch to see whether discrimination still exists in the beatuiful game? Plus, in the news, why scientists have blown up a mountain in Chile, why you could get addicted to sunshine, and are electronic cigarettes safe?
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This week, 3000 metres up a Chilean mountain, scientists
pressed the button to blow up half a million tonnes of rock....
American scientists warn that sun worshippers risk becoming
addicted to the ultra violet rays in sunshine.
This week the USA has carried out its first executions since a botched lethal injection in April. But how does the lethal injection work?
Electronic cigarette are currently unregulated - so who's using them, do they help people quit smoking, and are they safe?
One of the pioneers of electric cars, Tesla, has announced it won't prevent other companies using its exclusive patents...
There are millions of fans singing their teams praises across Brazil at the moment, but how does this chanting affect behaviour?
Some scientists are taking data from the football pitch and analysing it to see how the rest of us interact in the real world...
However much you might blame Rooney or Gerrard for England’s recent football disasters, a lot of it comes down to plain old physics...
New data has been published that suggests reported incidences
of domestic violence increase after an England football match...
Why do people sneeze differently? Is there a reason I cannot change my sneeze to be a quiet one? Are there any connections between personality/sex and your type of sneeze?