24 12, 2019

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

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

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.

19 12, 2019

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

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

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?

20 11, 2019

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

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

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.

23 09, 2019

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

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

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.