Japan is looking to go beyond having a massive pyrotechnic display to open up the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Thanks to a homegrown startup company, spectators from every corners of the world might finally see a man-made meteor shower falling in the heavens during that day.
The company responsible for honoring the event is the Japan-based tech firm Star-ALE which, in collaboration with partner corporations, universities, and research institutions, is hoping to develop "cutting-edge technologies" in "space-age entertainment," as stated in their official website.
The artificial meteor display is called the Sky Canvas light show and it involves launching microsatellites carrying about 500 to a thousand pieces of advanced objects called "source particles." When these particles are released and eventually re-enter the Earth's atmosphere during the occasion, they are expected to ignite and begin "plasma emission" to become a shooting star, Star ALE further explained the mechanism. more >>
Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne thanked God for helping him fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL before announcing his retirement from the game to return to the world of rugby.
"I am retiring from the NFL because the Fiji Rugby Sevens team reached out to me about the opportunity to join the team for the upcoming Olympics, and I simply could not pass that chance up," the 28-year-old National Rugby League star said in in a statement, according to NFL.com. "The Olympics has been something I have admired since I was a little boy, and it is an opportunity I feel very similar to me joining the NFL."
When the NFL posted a clip of Hayne's first game, the rugby player glorified God for the moment. more >>
Usain Bolt is counting his blessings as he prepares to defend his gold medals in the Rio De Janeiro Olympic games this summer.
"Blessed to finish my first race for the season with a W," the 29-year-old Jamaican sprinter known as the fastest man in the world tweeted to nearly 4 million fans on Saturday.
Bolt began his season with a win at Cayman Invitational last weekend where he finished the 100 meters race with a 10.05-second victory. The Christian athlete also thanked God for being able to walk out of the race without an injury. more >>
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham says Sports Illustrated's plans to feature a nude Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of its magazine is tantamount to moral bankruptcy.
The head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association commented in a post on Facebook Monday that Jenner's photo shoot is what happens when biblical principles are abandoned.
"CBS News just reported that Caitlyn Jenner will pose nude for the cover of Sports Illustrated, draped only in his Olympic gold medal and an American flag. There's a lot wrong with that picture," wrote Graham. more >>
The International Olympic Committee has adopted new guidelines to allow transgender athletes to take part in this year's games in Rio de Janeiro without having to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
"To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights," the IOC says in its new guidelines.
"It is necessary to ensure insofar as possible that trans athletes are not excluded from the opportunity to participate in sporting competition," the IOC adds. "Nothing in these guidelines is intended to undermine in any way the requirement to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA International Standards." more >>
Lolo Jones is praying for Tim Tebow to use discernment in dating after rumors surfaced that Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo split from the athlete because he wanted to remain a virgin until marriage.
Jones, 33, is a professional track and field athlete who also participated in Olympic bobsledding events. More than that, she is a virgin who is vocal about her views on dating as a Christian.
When one person questioned her about the dating rumors surrounding 28-year-old ESPN analyst and NFL hopeful Tebow, Jones did not hesitate to chime in. more >>