Fuel Cells Are Strong To The Finish, When They’re Powered By Spinach (Cool Weird Awesome 418)

Fuel cells need a catalyst for an important reaction, and a team at American University has found that spinach may be the best raw material for a catalyst we've found yet. Plus: ever wanted to smell like old books? A new scent can help make it happen!

2020-11-12T08:33:41-05:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Going For A Walk Could Generate Wind Power (Cool Weird Awesome 390)

A small device created in China could turn anyone of out for a walk (and probably their dogs, too) into small scale power plants, just from the breeze they cause by walking! It's all thanks to what's called triboelectricity. Plus: a Swedish company wants to create OceanBird, a full-size cargo ship that runs on wind power.

2020-09-28T08:16:35-04:00September 28th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Game Boy That Doesn’t Need Batteries (Cool Weird Awesome 376)

A research project has built a handheld device modeled on Nintendo's Game Boy that gets its power from solar panels and the energy created by pushing buttons - no batteries necessary. Plus: a programmer has recreated the classic video game Doom inside an electronic pregnancy test. Technology is pretty versatile, isn't it?

2020-09-08T07:44:12-04:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

A Brick House Could Also Be A Power House (Cool Weird Awesome 360)

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found a way to cover bricks with a special coating so they can store electricity, essentially turning bricks into batteries. Good news for the third little pig! Plus: Koji Kasatani is wowing the world with hyperrealistic, playful art made from ceramic bananas.

2020-08-17T08:18:00-04:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

A Device That Can Make Electricity “Out Of Thin Air” (Cool Weird Awesome 247)

A new technology out of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst actually pulls electricity out of the air! But don't worry, it's not like when Sith lords shoot lightning at people. Plus: Steamboat Springs, Colorado sets the world record for the largest single firework explosion.

2020-02-27T06:00:36-05:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

We Could Make Fuel Kind Of Like Plants Do (Cool Weird Awesome 213)

Humans have been trying to figure out how to replicate plant photosynthesis for a long time - and we’ve had some successes, but a team at the University of Michigan has taken one of the biggest steps forward, with a process that uses metals as catalysts to turn light, carbon dioxide and water into methane. Plus: a company in Japan will make a personalized mask for you in the shape of your pet’s face.

2020-01-10T06:03:07-05:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Return of the Mystery Beer Fridge in Nebraska! (Cool Weird Awesome 201)

Remember the beer fridge from our first episode, that two men found after a long weekend of cleaning up flood damage? The Lincoln Journal-Star has checked back in with the owner and the finders to get the latest chapter in the beer fridge story. Plus: Prince Charles owns a car that runs on wine - and, he says, "it smells delicious as you’re driving along."

2019-12-26T06:55:56-05:00December 26th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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