20 03, 2020

Underwater Cleaning Robots Can Lower Cargo Ships’ Emissions (Cool Weird Awesome 263)

By |2020-03-20T08:18:17-04:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

This sounds bonkers, but apparently a robotic cleaning system called HullSkater can remove bio-gunk off the hulls of ships, helping them reduce their carbon footprints. Plus: Freeman, South Dakota was to have SchmeckFest this weekend. It will be back, so until then keep the spirit of SchmeckFest going.

19 03, 2020

Does A Book With 1,250 Endings Ever Really End? (Cool Weird Awesome 262)

By |2020-03-19T07:33:20-04:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

I grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books, some of which had dozens of possible endings. But a new book from a celebrated Sri Lankan children's author had a world record 1,250 endings! Plus: a pilot in Austria does his part for social distancing with a flight path that spells out "STAY HOME."

18 03, 2020

In Which Four Guys With The Same Name Start A Band (Cool Weird Awesome 261)

By |2020-03-18T07:20:57-04:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Atlantic just did an interview with some musicians called the Paul O’Sullivan Band. There are four guys in the group: Paul O’Sullivan, Paul O’Sullivan, Paul O’Sullivan and (wait for it) Paul O’Sullivan. Here's the story of how they got together. Plus: some musical animals come together for a song? Sort of?

17 03, 2020

Someday Teeth May Heal Themselves (But We’ll Still Have To Brush) (Cool Weird Awesome 260)

By |2020-03-17T07:37:47-04:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A team at King’s College London has found evidence that, with help from a prescription treatment, teeth may be able to repair themselves! Plus: parades are off this St. Patrick's Day, but we've still got Irish Potato Candies. (Don't worry, they only look like potatoes.)

16 03, 2020

The World Shuts Down, But “Art Doesn’t Stop” (Cool Weird Awesome 259)

By |2020-03-16T07:26:17-04:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Staff at a museum in Turin, Italy called Castello di Rivoli have been working marathon days to digitize their entire collection so that art lovers who can't see the pieces in person can still enjoy them online. Plus: a volunteers at a thrift shop in North Carolina spots something unusual in a stack of paintings - a work by none other than Salvador Dali!

13 03, 2020

There’s A Hair Freezing Contest In The Yukon (Cool Weird Awesome 258)

By |2020-03-13T06:42:25-04:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

This weekend voting gets underway for one of the most unusual contests you’ll find anywhere in the world: the Takhini Hot Springs Hair Freezing Contest. Plus: Colorado is honoring a dude who's spending his afterlife surrounded by a great deal of dry ice. Introducing Frozen Dead Guys Days!

12 03, 2020

The Earth’s Rotation Is Slowing, Thanks To The Moon (Cool Weird Awesome 257)

By |2020-03-12T06:33:21-04:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

We’re hearing a lot about how a research project has shown that Earth days used to be about a half-hour shorter than they are now. Why is our planet rotating more slowly now? It's mostly because of the moon. Plus: in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the National Shag Dance Championships are getting underway.

11 03, 2020

Turn Used Cooking Oil Into Raw Material For 3D Printers (Cool Weird Awesome 256)

By |2020-03-11T09:00:08-04:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Researchers at the University of Toronto have an idea: maybe the old cooking oil from fast food chains could have new life as resin for 3D printers. Plus: this weekend in Mansfield, Texas, it’s the one and only Pickle Parade!

10 03, 2020

Durian Fruit May Help Charge Our Cellphones, And Without That Smell (Cool Weird Awesome 255)

By |2020-03-10T09:00:22-04:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Researchers at the University of Sydney say they can turn the waste from durian and jackfruit into carbon aerogel, which can help store energy in what are called super-capacitors. And no, they don't smell. Plus: Daniele Barresi is a master of making ornate sculpted art from avocados.

9 03, 2020

How Do We Talk To Voyager 1 and 2 When They’re So Far Away? (Cool Weird Awesome 254)

By |2020-03-09T09:00:10-04:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Earlier this year NASA got Voyager 2 to restart systems it had shut down through the ultimate in working remotely: sending directions beyond the reach of the sun! The way we send those commands to Voyagers 1 and 2 is pretty basic, but with twists to make up for the extremely long distance. Plus: ISS astronauts have been growing space veggies, and they're pretty good for us.

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