Well : Can Smiling While Exercising Improve Performance?

Illustration by Ping Zhu Many athletes have been told that smiling while sweating will make our efforts feel easier. In May, Eliud Kipchoge, the Kenyan marathon runner, periodically grinned through the final miles of his fastest-ever marathon, which he completed in 2 hours 25 seconds; afterward, he said that he had hoped that the smiling …

Trilobites: Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood

An image of a 99-million-year-old tick, enlarged at inset, grasping a dinosaur feather, preserved in amber found in Myanmar. Nature Communications; Peñalver et al. Paleontologists have found entombed in amber a 99-million-year-old tick grasping the feather of a dinosaur, providing the first direct evidence that the tiny pests drank dinosaur blood. Immortalized in the golden …

Which football clubs have had different shirt sponsors home and away? | The Knowledge

“I seem to remember, in the early 2000s, Arsenal having three different strips with three different sponsors; their home kit displayed Dreamcast, their away kit, then gold, was emblazoned with JVC and their third kit, a navy blue number, showed Sega on the front,” writes Elliot Leaver. “Can someone confirm if this is true and, …

Sam Allardyce cancels Christmas party because of Everton’s festive demands

Sam Allardyce has cancelled Everton’s Christmas party after telling his players their form this season is no cause for celebration. Everton are unbeaten in three matches in all competitions under their new manager, four in total, with the sense of crisis that preceded his appointment eased by a rise to 10th in the Premier League. …

The bench myth: why resting athletes may not be as helpful as teams believe

Science sometimes seems so simple. Take rest for instance. With all the experts touting the benefits of recovery, the answer seems straightforward enough, protect players by resting them now or deal with the consequences later. After all, fortunes, literally, can change with a roll of an ankle or twist of a knee. With the host …

Children’s social care is improving – but there is more to do | Eleanor Schooling

Too often, news about the state of children’s social care makes for worrying reading. The sector is beset by many challenges, and usually only makes the headlines when things go wrong. Ofsted has been clear about what needs to improve in local authorities’ children’s services departments and, as we set out in our annual report …