Put This Sensor On Your Food And See If It’s Safe To Eat (Cool Weird Awesome 383)

A sensor developed at MIT uses a set of microneedles to push through packaging and determine whether the food inside is safe to eat, which could prevent food waste and help head off outbreaks of salmonella. Plus: did you know China is apparently home to several thousand glass footbridges, where you can walk across and see what's underneath?

2020-09-17T08:05:08-04:00September 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Can Drones Help Make Bridges Safer? (Cool Weird Awesome 342)

The drone company Skydio has just announced a new 3D scanning software that’s intended for use on large-scale structures like bridges. That may help us deal with the tens of thousands of "structurally deficient" bridges in the US. Plus: ever seen a guy do a shredding guitar solo riding on a OneWheel skateboard?

2020-07-15T08:23:40-04:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The North Carolina Bridge That Decapitates Cars Is Finally Being Raised (Cool Weird Awesome 154)

It’s the end of an era in Durham, North Carolina. The 11 Foot 8 Bridge, known as the Can Opener or the Gregson Street Guillotine for its propensity for shearing the tops off rental trucks and other large vehicles, is at last being raised. Probably good for safety, but fans of fail videos are bummed. Plus: artist Reuben Wu uses drones to create light paintings in the sky he calls “aeroglyphs."

2019-10-22T06:50:00-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Alabama Bridge That Roosters Built (Cool Weird Awesome 105)

It’s the 100th anniversary of a time that roosters built a bridge. Ok, not literally, but an auction of roosters donated by the most prominent people in the world helped raise the money needed for a bridge over the Tombigbee River in western Alabama, a span known as Rooster Bridge.

2019-08-14T09:44:38-04:00August 14th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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