Why Did The Moon Disappear 900 Years Ago? (Cool Weird Awesome 296)

The moon waxes and wanes in its phases month after month, and it always comes back. Except for that time in 1110, when records indicate that the moon vanished for months, or maybe even a year or longer. Scientists finally think they know what happened. Plus: a Japanese newspaper has a secret message about social distancing - but you have to be social distancing to read it.

By |2020-05-12T07:45:52-04:00May 12th, 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: , , , , , , |

The Terrifying World Of Victorian-Era Christmas Cards (Cool Weird Awesome 199)

Santa Claus stuffing a terrified kid into his bag of presents? Creepy monsters chasing people? A Christmas dinner come to life, with utensils as legs? Meet some of the many terrifying designs for Christmas cards back in the Victorian era. Plus: today is the anniversary of Earthrise, the iconic photo taken by the Apollo 8 crew as they orbited the moon.

By |2019-12-24T23:49:51-05:00December 24th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Smart Intersections Could Help Make Self-Driving Cars Smarter (Cool Weird Awesome 196)

You’ve heard about making cars smarter, but what about smarter intersections? Cornell researchers find that making intersections more autonomous could help get self-driving cars where they want to go more efficiently. Plus: on the anniversary of the last day of the last Apollo mission to the moon, how about a trip to the Museum of the Moon, now visiting Philadelphia?

By |2019-12-19T08:57:40-05:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Apollo 12 Crashed Its Lunar Module On Purpose (Cool Weird Awesome 175)

This week marks 50 years since the Apollo 12 mission, the second time humans went to the moon and the first time we launched an artificial earthquake there. Plus: one of the two moonwalkers painted a picture that included their command module pilot on the lunar ground.

By |2019-11-20T05:48:05-05:00November 20th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our Long History Of Crashing Stuff Into The Moon (Cool Weird Awesome 133)

We always celebrate great space achievements, why not also commemorate some great space screwups? This month marks 60 years since the first time a spacecraft tried to land on the moon but crashed instead.

By |2019-09-23T08:55:53-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |