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It’s summer. You decide to go somewhere where you can finally try surfing. You book tickets; you line up lessons. Boxes: checked. You show up, and your first lesson goes really well! You stand up a few times, and you actually ride a few waves! You’re hooked, and you can’t wait to surf again tomorrow. Just one small problem: You wake up in the morning and you can’t lift your arms above your head.
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One of the perpetual arguments against the National Broadband Network (NBN) is that it’s too expensive, and that the money could be better spent on roads. Following a less than stellar performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games, similar claims of waste are now being thrown at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). We thought we’d compare the two projects and see what costs more: Australia’s elite athlete training programs or the National Broadband Network?
US special operations forces carry out some of the military’s toughest, most high-stakes missions. To pull them off, the commandos need speed, agility and swift perception skills akin to those of top-tier professional athletes. That might explain why the military’s latest commando training program will rely on a virtual-reality system already employed by pro sports teams.
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