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Winter Olympics 2010 Medals Made From Recycled Electronics

As Olympic athletes have increasingly resorted to complex steroids and synthetic drugs, even the most obstinate athletic purists have had to come to terms with the sobering fact that many of the gold medals awarded over the past few Games have been intrinsically linked to advances in science and technology. For the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, though, the union of sport and science will be more explicit than ever.

Winter Games officials have unveiled the design of the new medals in all their resplendent, curvaceous glory, and the chorus of "oohs" and "ahhs" has been heard 'round the world. Besides their uniquely undulating shape (said to reflect the Vancouver landscape), the ponderous prizes also have novel origins -- crafted, so we're told, from melted circuit boards. Created by Canadian artists Corrine Hunt and Omer Abel, the gold, silver, and even Cindy Brady bronze treasures weigh over a pound each, are designed with laser-etching to ensure that no two are exactly alike, and are all composed of materials reclaimed from electronics.

We're not sure whether or not this electrifying news will do enough to get us to tune in to curling; but then again, it's only logical that the medals, like the athletes, would be "juiced.' [From: Gizmodo]

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