Earth Is Habitable, But Some Planets May Be Super-Habitable (Cool Weird Awesome 396)

We’ve known for some time that at least a few exoplanets could support liquid water, making them potentially habitable. But a paper from Washington State University suggests some of those planets may be super-habitable - as in, they may be more appropriate for life than Earth is! Plus: a new map fills Mars with water, so we can see what the Red Planet would look like if it wasn't red.

By |2020-10-06T08:18:45-04:00October 6th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Hubble Telescope’s First Space Photo Was Kind Of Blurry (Cool Weird Awesome 302)

It was on this day in 1990 that the Hubble Space Telescope took its first photo from space. Unfortunately the telescope had a problem with one of its mirrors that required astronauts to go up and fix. Plus: for World Bee Day, the story of an Irish bee enthusiast who built a hive out of LEGO.

By |2020-05-20T08:05:38-04:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

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

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.

By |2020-06-11T08:37:08-04:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

What Was July 4th Like Before The Fourth Of July? (Cool Weird Awesome 76)

It's the 243rd birthday of the United States, and we've done a lot of celebrating over those years. But what were people doing on the Fourth of July before American independence? One of the most interesting stories is from July 4, 1054 - in China.

By |2019-07-04T14:03:44-04:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |