29 05, 2020

Record Your Own Song Into A Paper Cup (Cool Weird Awesome 309)

By |2020-05-29T08:17:11-04:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Most audio these days (including this show) is recorded digitally, but there are lots of ways to document sounds, including one that's built around a paper cup-turned-microphone. Plus: a programmer has designed a face mask with a lit up, virtual mouth!

13 04, 2020

The “Mutant Enzyme” That Helps Recycle Plastic (Cool Weird Awesome 275)

By |2020-04-13T09:03:20-04:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A company called Carbios says it’s been using what it calls a “mutant enzyme” to break plastic down into the components to make new plastic in mere hours. But will this mutant eventually try to rule humanity for its own good? Plus: an education student in Kentucky creates see-through plastic masks to help deaf and hard of hearing people during the current difficulties.

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.