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.

27 02, 2020

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

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

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.

10 01, 2020

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

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

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.

26 12, 2019

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

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

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."