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19 06, 2020

Five Statues And Six Pedestals That Tell The Story Of Juneteenth (Cool Weird Awesome 324)

By |2020-06-19T07:46:29-04:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

One of the many special places you can mark Juneteenth is at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas, with an art installation that has five statues and six pedestals. Plus: the summer solstice is this weekend, and while crowds won't be on hand the usual way at Stonehenge, they can take in the whole event virtually.

18 06, 2020

Meet “Roger Jr.,” The Electronic Voice Made For Roger Ebert (Cool Weird Awesome 323)

By |2020-06-18T06:23:32-04:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

It's the birthday of Roger Ebert, a great film critic, TV host and author, and a pioneer in developing realistic-sounding electronic voices. Today we have the story of how he worked to create a voice called "Roger Jr." Plus: how about teaching the electronic voices to read some of Ebert’s hilariously devastating negative movie reviews?

17 06, 2020

Video Games Are Now Medically Necessary (Cool Weird Awesome 322)

By |2020-06-17T08:05:43-04:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Video games are now as artistically and technically challenging as any other art form. But now they've really leveled up: the FDA has just approved a video game-based treatment for ADHD. Plus: a school librarian in western Virginia just found a clever way to get books to her students while schools and libraries are closed.

16 06, 2020

Time To Upgrade The International Space Station’s Bathroom (Cool Weird Awesome 321)

By |2020-06-16T08:10:01-04:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Sometimes you go into space to land on the moon, and other times it’s for maintenance purposes. NASA is planning a mission to replace the toilet on the International Space Station. Plus: this is Waste and Recycling Workers Week, are you paying tribute to those who collect all the stuff we toss out?

15 06, 2020

How “Them!” Became The Greatest Giant Ant Movie Of Its Generation (Cool Weird Awesome 320)

By |2020-06-15T07:48:30-04:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

It was on this day in 1954 that one of the most important monster movies most people have never heard of was released: "Them!" (note the exclamation mark in the title) featured giant irradiated ants, James Arness, the Wilhelm Scream, Fess Parker, Leonard Nimoy and more! Plus: science has determined how to give the perfect hug, so start practicing.

12 06, 2020

How A Pedal-Powered Airplane Crossed The English Channel (Cool Weird Awesome 319)

By |2020-06-12T06:56:12-04:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Today's the anniversary of a pretty unusual moment in the history of human flight: on this day in 1979, an airplane flew over the English Channel that was entirely powered by its pilot. Plus: watching the heaviest airplane ever built take off is a sight to see.

11 06, 2020

Earth Might Have Been Purple Back In The Day (Cool Weird Awesome 318)

By |2020-06-11T08:21:02-04:00June 11th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Our planet is sometimes called the big blue marble, but Professor Shiladitya DasSarma of the University of Maryland-Baltimore has a hypothesis that suggests if you look way back in time, Earth may have once been bright purple. Plus: meet a guitar with LEDs built into its body that can flash in time with the music.

10 06, 2020

Robots Can Walk Better, Thanks To Coffee (Cool Weird Awesome 317)

By |2020-06-10T07:32:44-04:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: |

Scientists at the University of California - San Diego are trying to help robots walk better on uneven terrain - and, amazingly, coffee is part of the solution. Meanwhile, a robot in Australia is learning how to lay bricks, and it's got a very appropriate name for its job.

9 06, 2020

The Great Pyramid’s Workforce Wasn’t As Big As We Thought (Cool Weird Awesome 316)

By |2020-06-09T07:31:18-04:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Hundreds of thousands of laborers toiled for decades to build Egypt's legendary Great Pyramid... or did they? Professor Emeritus Vaclav Smil of the University of Manitoba did the math and found a very different conclusion. Plus: it's the birthday of baseball great Dave Parker, who once hit a home run that stopped 150 miles away from the ballpark.

8 06, 2020

Solar Power, Meet Shadow Power (Cool Weird Awesome 315)

By |2020-06-08T08:14:07-04:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a "shadow effect energy generator" which can make the most of the contrast between bright and dark. Plus: many kickboxers can't compete or even train together now, so some have been taking part in a virtual shadow-kickboxing competition online.

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