Big Picture Science – Olympics For The Rest Of Us

by Gary Niederhoff on July 23, 2012

Let the games begin! The mad dash to the phone … the sudden spring out of bed … the frantic juggling of car keys, grocery bags and a cell phone! Olympic athletes may have remarkable speed and strength, but it’s easy praise the extraordinary. Here’s to the extreme averageness of the rest of us. From beer bellies to aching backs, we’re all winners in the Darwinian Olympics just by virtue of being here.

Identify the one physical trait that you share with all Olympians – your head – and why it’s a remarkable human evolutionary achievement. Plus, the role of genes in putting on the pounds … and what event Spiderman would enter to win the gold.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Mad Dash
Part 2: The Human Head
Part 3: Cracker Whistle
Part 4: Evolutionary Follies
Part 5: Obesity
Part 6: Grocery Lifting
Part 7: Spider-Man

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