WAMU 88.5 : News

UVA Professor Waxes Scientific On Sports

Play associated audio
Lou Bloomfield's science-meets-sports lessons were broadcast on the Verizon Center JumboTron.
Mr. T in D.C.: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/2283147054
Lou Bloomfield's science-meets-sports lessons were broadcast on the Verizon Center JumboTron.

Hockey season is winding to a close, and that’s good news for Professor Lou Bloomfield, who will now have a little extra time. During the season, he produces an Emmy award-winning video shown on cable TV and the Washington Capital’s JumboTron.

Lou Bloomfield has been a professor of physics at the University of Virginia for nearly 30 years. He teaches a course called "How Things Work."

“How does a violin work? How does a microwave oven work? What’s static electricity? Why do magnets stick to your refrigerator?" he says.

He’s done lots of interviews with sports reporters, and one of them was hired to produce a show for the Washington Capitals. He invited Bloomfield to do a regular segment called "Forces of Hockey."

“Hi, I’m Professor Lou. Welcome to my laboratory. Today’s topic — the jersey," he says in a typical segment. "Modern jersey materials carry moisture away from a player’s body by way of a wicking action. The water molecules are chemically attracted to the surface of those fibers.”

He’s looked at why the hockey puck is frozen, why players need especially strong legs, he even explained why the padding they wear stinks. It’s all about bacteria, and Bloomfield is all about helping fans understand the science behind this sport.

NPR

Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.
NPR

Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
WAMU 88.5

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Donald Trump now has enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination, according to the Associated Press. A State Department review criticizes Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. And 11 states sue the federal government over a transgender bathroom directive. A panel of journalists joins guest host Sabri Ben-Achour for analysis of the week's top national news stories

NPR

After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.