This Week’s Missing Links, August 18


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The best stories, videos, and photos I didn't post this week—until now. 


It should be mathematical, Propeller via Science of Sport

Extremely close up at the Olympics, The New York Times

Analyzing Semenya’s race, The Science of Sport

The year of U.S. women, Mother Jones

The Olympians who won their country’s sole gold medal, Wired Playbook

When Olympic athletes defect, Discovery News

Olympic tweets, by the numbers, Twitter

Facebook Olympic records, Facebook

Eight design highlights from the 2012 Olympics, Co.Design

The top 10 sporting moments of the Olympics, CNN

Medal of honor, The New Yorker

The best pictures of the Olympics, The Guardian

Top Olympic cycling moments, Cycling News

Our favorite photos from the London Olympics, Wired

 Amazing tilt-shift photography at the Olympics, My Modern Met 


Scott’s lost Ship Terra Nova found, Explorer’s Web via Adventure Journal

 Norwegian swerves around moose, hits bear, The Guardian

The 25 best Outside colleges, Outside

Major storm stalls Arctic Row, The Adventure Blog

Is this viral dolphin video a hoax? Mother Nature News

Jorg Badura’s pictures of paddlers, PDN

Michael Popov's last run, Outside

A preview of the Leadville Trail 100, iRunFar

10-year-old boy dead after swept down Merced River in Yosemite National Park, six-year-old still missing, Los Angeles Times

Kilian Jornet breaks 30-year speed record up Grand Tetons, Examiner via Adventure Journal

Father competes in triathlons with daughter who has cerebral palsy, Huffington Post

Finding Mars in familiar places, The New York Times

No. Menstruating women do not attract bear attacks, Mother Jones

Bear spray gone bad, The Jackson Hole News and Guide via Adventure Journal

Seven lessons from the Breck Epic, Outside


How shark week has evolved, Washington Post

Noticing changes in shark populations by the teeth used on weapons, Nature

Fabien Cousteau on saving Aquarius, Co.Design

Largest python found in the Florida Everglades yet, MSNBC

Angler photographs humbpack whale that almost jumped into his boat, Grind TV

The Exxon Valdez dismantled for scrap metal, Discovery News

A brief history of U.S. corn, in one chart, Washington Post

World temperatures fourth highest on record, NOAA

The bigger the dog, the less shake needed to dry off, Nature 


A host of ills when iron is out of balance, The New York Times Well

Is the marathon boom over? Outside

Doctors should prescribe exercise, NPR Shots

On exercising in the heat, The New York Times Well

The challenges of beach running, The New York Times Well


Timelapse of Australia’s Blue Mountains, The Adventure Blog

The 25 best contemporary travel books, Gadling


The duct tape kayak, Canoe and Kayak

The surfing robot that tracks great white sharks, Nature


Years after the earthquake in Haiti, safe housing is still a dream, The New York Times

Chicken of the trees, Chicago Reader

—Joe Spring