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!

2021-01-05T10:28:44-05:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Never Skip The Dedication Page Of A Book, They Can Get Wild (Cool Weird Awesome 410)

If you're taking part in National Novel Writing Month, then here's a tip: don't forget the dedication page. They can be full of surprises, as we discovered in quite a few books. Plus: meet the prehistoric pelagornithid, probably the largest flying bird ever, with a 20 foot wingspan and teeth.

2020-11-02T08:56:37-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Ruth Faison Shaw Is The Founding Mother Of Fingerpaint (Cool Weird Awesome 403)

Today is the birthday of Ruth Faison Shaw, an art teacher who spotted a kid smearing iodine on the school walls and saw a way kids could express themselves. Plus: art is alive and well in cats, or at least in a photographer taking portraits of cats going wild for - and sometimes on - catnip.

2020-10-15T07:52:06-04:00October 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A Big-Time Librarian Kept “Goodnight Moon” Off The Shelves For 25 Years (Cool Weird Awesome 215)

The New York Public Library released a list of its top 10 all-time most borrowed books. One book you won’t find on the list is “Goodnight Moon.” Despite being one of the most iconic children’s books of its time, the New York Public Library didn’t have a copy for decades, because an influential librarian didn’t like it. Plus: the amazing origins of Silent Record Week!

2020-01-14T06:49:03-05:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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