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Meanwhile In The Future: Football Has Been Banned

This week on Meanwhile in the Future we step onto the field and talk about contact sports. What would it take to create a future in which the most dangerous sports die out? What are those sports to begin with? What does a world without football look like?


This Death Star Soccer Ball Is Now The Ultimate Power On The Playground

Briefly: Who cares about playing with a regulation or FIFA-approved ball when you can now play soccer with a tiny version of the Death Star? It can’t destroy planets (a minor trade-off) but this Star Wars Celebration-exclusive collectible could be yours if you’re heading to the festivities in California next week. Just remember that it’s as vulnerable to proton torpedo attacks as the real Death Star was, and also oncoming traffic if you accidentally kick it into the street.


The First Super Bowl Played Under LEDs Will Use 75% Less Power

It might seem like LED bulbs are only for early-adopters hoping to cut down their monthly Con Ed power bill, but come Sunday, the energy-efficient lighting alternative will take centre stage at one of the greatest spectacles on Earth. This will actually be the first Super Bowl to be entirely lit by LED bulbs.


Here's The Surprisingly Old-School Way That An NFL Football Is Made

Video: Super Bowl Sunday is only a few days away, and all anyone really wants to talk about is deflated footballs. We don’t care about any of that. We just like to see how things get made. Here’s a New York Times video that shows you the inside of a Wilson Football Factory. They get sewed together, flipped inside out, stitched, shaped and pumped.


Could Magnets Help The NFL's Concussion Epidemic?

NFL teams across the U.S. have this weekend taken to the grid iron in an effort to scratch another W against their names. These players will play the same as any other Sunday, and like any other Sunday, the sport’s biggest threat will remain unaddressed. Sixty-nine concussions have already been reported this year, and odds would suggest, more will be added in the next few hours.


All Of Peyton Manning's Record Breaking Touchdown Passes In One Chart

Data Looks Dope’s Max Einstein just made this visualisation that charts every touchdown pass that Peyton Manning, who is now the record holder for TD passes, has thrown in his career. Yep, all 510 of them (so far). It shows the distance of each pass along with the receiver who caught it from 1998 to October 19, 2014.


Watch The High-Tech Levi's Stadium Being Built In A Dazzling Timelapse

Earlier in September, the San Francisco 49ers’ spanking new high-tech stadium opened with its 600 WiFi access points and green roof and hot dog-ordering app. But just 29 months ago, Levi’s Stadium was an empty lot in the ground. The entire stadium takes shape in this two-minute timelapse video.


Russia's World Cup Is Already Outrageously Expensive

Maybe you’re still mourning Brazil’s catastrophic loss to Germany, but the rest of the world has moved on — to discussing the impact of the next series, which will take place in 11 Russian cities in 2018. And according to their reports, it’s going to be very, very expensive. Like $US11,500 per seat expensive.


How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing.


These Posters For Every World Cup Since 1930 Were Made By One Designer

The semi-finals of the World Cup begin today, and soccer fever is ramping back up for the rest of the world. Which makes it a perfect time to check in with one superfan-slash-designer, who redesigned each official World Cup poster for fun.