Round up of the week: one mystery solved, one investigated, and a bronze age lunch

A short weekly round up so you can enjoy a long weekend!

The mystery of sports greats: For years we have racked our brains on the same intriguing mystery: what makes a truly great sports champion different to their peers-and the rest of us? After all, they’re still nerves, blood, muscles, bone, just like the rest of us. Now for the first time we think we have found and answer we like from Amit Katwala of Wired, via Apple News

Look at this quote

At the elite level, sporting success comes down to three factors: anticipation, high-speed decision-making, and the ability to perform under pressure. The best athletes in the world seem to have more time than everyone else not because they’re quicker or stronger (although it helps) but because they’ve honed their sensory systems through thousands of hours of practice – they pick up on advance cues like the shape of an opponent’s body, or the sound of the ball leaving a tennis racket to predict where it’s going to end up. 

There’s more, but we think this goes to the heart of the matter

Lewis Hamilton opens up about activism and life beyond F1 | WIRED UK

Origin of covid Nature Briefings is still hot in the trail What’s next in the Sars-Cov-2 origins search. Lots of good references here too so you can become really well informed

A World Health Organization (WHO) report on the pandemic’s origins makes a reasonable start, scientists say, but there is much left to do. The report highlighted the possible role of live-animal markets, including the Huanan market in Wuhan, to which many of the first known COVID-19 cases are linked. It also concluded that the virus probably didn’t spread widely before December or escape from a laboratory. But it left readers hungry for more answers to questions such as which animal carried the virus from bats to humans and how that spillover occurred. Nature spoke to scientists about what needs to come next.Nature | 8 min read
Read more: WHO report into COVID pandemic origins zeroes in on animal markets, not labs (Nature | 6 min read)
Reference: WHO report: Origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Eating at your desk: Are you one of those people whose day is so frantic that you can’t even pop out for lunch? So you scoff down sandwiches at your desk while flicking through your e mails? Apparently they were doing it in the bronze age too, or sort of. According to El Pais these early Austrian miners were go getting workaholics who snatched thie lunches at the doors to the mine before rushing back in for another bust afternoon of super productivity. Uber eat your heart out.

warning to English speakers-this one needs a translator app

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-03-31/los-trabajadores-de-la-edad-de-bronce-llevaban-comida-preparada-a-su

#productivity #sars-Cov-2 #covid19 #sports

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