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.

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

A Song That Takes 639 Years To Play Just Had A Chord Change (Cool Weird Awesome 378)

John Cage once wrote a score with the instructions that it be played "As Slow As Possible." So that's what an organ is doing in Germany, for more than 600 years. Plus: a YouTuber trains his cat to put out fires, sort of.

By |2020-09-10T10:00:56-04:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Couple Songs Are A Thing, According To Science (Cool Weird Awesome 289)

You know how some couples have their own song? There’s actually psychological research into what are known officially as “couple-defining songs," and there are legitimate benefits to the relationship to choosing a tune to share. Plus: next time you're in Japan, drop by Neko Neko Shokupan and share one of their famous cat-shaped breads with someone special.

By |2020-05-01T09:06:42-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

How To Perform Opera In American Sign Language (Cool Weird Awesome 281)

The University of Virginia's Disabilities Studies Symposium has produced a version of a 1950s opera called “Dialogues of the Carmelites" featuring both traditional opera singers and Deaf actors performing together and living up to the name of their workshop, "Breaking the Sound Barrier." Plus: a cat played a Theremin on the internet, because why not.

By |2020-04-21T07:11:39-04:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

There’s Music For Cats And It’s Apparently Very Good For Them (Cool Weird Awesome 249)

Can music help cats relax during their visits to the vet? Apparently so - but would music specifically made for cats be even more helpful than music made for humans? Plus: if you missed Justin Bieber's birthday yesterday, visit a museum in his hometown that features all the stuff from his career that his proud grandparents saved!

By |2020-03-02T06:18:39-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

4D-Printed Microneedles Could Take The Shots Out Of Getting Shots (Cool Weird Awesome 234)

Here’s one instance where the doctor really CAN say “this won’t hurt a bit.” 4D-printed microneedles could perform of the medical functions of hypodermic needles - giving us vaccines and medicines, taking blood samples - except no shots. Plus: the story of a cat and her 3D-printed titanium paws.

By |2020-02-10T08:59:48-05:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Antarctic Fish Are Helping Us Clear Ice (Cool Weird Awesome 231)

Researchers at UCLA have developed a coating that can take care of persistent ice in winter, and amazingly, it’s all due to fish. Plus: Kendall Diwisch of Edmonton, Alberta. who helped three kittens get unstuck from an icy situation.

By |2020-02-05T09:45:00-05:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Pigs Are On A Mission To Save Hazelnuts (Cool Weird Awesome 176)

The nefarious filbertworm is trying to infest our hazelnut supply! Researchers at the University of Oregon think the solution might lie with pigs. Plus: the Ebo is a little ball-shaped robot that will play with your cat when you're not home.

By |2019-11-21T06:08:10-05:00November 21st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Stella The Dog Uses A Soundboard (Cool Weird Awesome 170)

Stella the dog lives with a speech-language pathologist and has been using a soundboard to "say" several dozen words, raising hopes that someday the show "Dog With A Blog" may come to life. Plus: Quilty the cat likes to spend his nights freeing the other cats at the animal shelter.

By |2019-11-13T06:15:26-05:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |