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Central Park’s Almost-Forgotten Tribute To Women Veterans Of World War I (Cool Weird Awesome 417)

We've dedicated statues, memorial walls, works of art, plaques, flags, bridges, roads and more to those who have served in the military. Here's the story of a living memorial in New York's Central Park to women who gave their lives while serving in World War I, that was almost forgotten over decades and generations, and how it was rediscovered in our time.

2020-11-11T08:42:49-05:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Robot That Can Help People Put In Their Contact Lenses (Cool Weird Awesome 416)

An inventor in Florida has invented a robot that can put contact lenses in human eyes safety and effectively. This could be a big help to people with neurological disorders or tremors who might not otherwise be able to put those lenses in themselves. Plus: meet an online fluid simulator that's like watching really trippy ripples in a groovy pond.

2020-11-10T08:36:24-05:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Cincinnati Built An Observatory Any Stargazer Could Use (Cool Weird Awesome 415)

Today in 1843, former president John Quincy Adams joined thousands to dedicate a public observatory in Cincinnati, a building known as "the birthplace of American astronomy." Plus: this month would be a good time to get out a telescope, cause there's lots happening in the night sky.

2020-11-09T08:01:22-05:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Bats Can Predict Where Their Prey Is Headed (Cool Weird Awesome 414)

Bats use their own internal radar - echolocation - to figure out where insects are so they can swoop in and catch their meal. But a study out of Johns Hopkins University shows that how bats track their prey is more complicated than we thought. Plus: today in 2008, music fans named a certain pop and internet legend the Best Act Ever.

2020-11-06T08:17:16-05:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The U.S. Senate Has A Candy Desk (Cool Weird Awesome 412)

It's National Candy Day, and the day after Election Day, so let's visit the back row of the U.S. Senate chamber, where, for over half a century, senators have kept a desk drawer filled with candy to share with colleagues. Plus: in Japan, candy is also fine art, thanks to the practice of amezaiku, or sculpting molten sugar syrup.

2020-11-04T07:20:57-05:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Before The Lightbulb, Thomas Edison Invented A Voting Machine – And Congress Said No (Cool Weird Awesome 411)

On this Election Day, here’s a story about an early and not-too-well-known effort to help count votes that came from none other than Thomas Edison. Plus: photographer Ryan Donnell has been documenting some of the most unusual polling places in the country.

2020-11-03T07:24:40-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Never Skip The Dedication Page Of A Book, They Can Get Wild (Cool Weird Awesome 410)

If you're taking part in National Novel Writing Month, then here's a tip: don't forget the dedication page. They can be full of surprises, as we discovered in quite a few books. Plus: meet the prehistoric pelagornithid, probably the largest flying bird ever, with a 20 foot wingspan and teeth.

2020-11-02T08:56:37-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

From Food Waste To Compost In 48 Hours (Cool Weird Awesome 408)

Composting can turn some of our food waste back into useful stuff, but it can take a while. A new device out of Germany aims to cut the time it takes to go from food waste to compost to just 48 hours. Plus: on this National Cat Day, we salute the very tiny but impressive Cat Museum in Krakow, Poland.

2020-10-29T07:53:55-04:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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