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.

1 04, 2020

Lego Bricks Could Last Longer Than A Millennium (Cool Weird Awesome 272)

By |2020-04-01T10:09:50-04:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Researchers have been studying LEGO longevity! Don't put them in the ocean, because they could last hundreds or even thousands of years - instead, maybe build something really cool to share with future generations. Plus: there's a new world record in the category of most walnuts cracked by an elbow in under a minute. Yes, that's a category.

3 01, 2020

Recycled Milk Bottles Apparently Make Great Road Surfaces (Cool Weird Awesome 208)

By |2020-01-02T07:29:04-05:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

In South Africa, a construction company has started producing and using a more eco-friendly asphalt that contains plastic pellets that come from recycled milk bottles. Plus: meet a mayor in Texas who’s bringing a VERY fresh perspective to the job.

24 09, 2019

Turn Those Old Straws Into New Albums (Cool Weird Awesome 134)

By |2019-09-24T09:00:17-04:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Straw Vinyl project has lined up some high-profile bands to release limited-edition vinyl records that are made out of plastic harvested from old straws. Then your hipster friends can say they were into keeping straws out of landfills before it was cool.

6 06, 2019

To Get Plastic Out Of The Ocean, Put It On A Plane (Cool Weird Awesome 56)

By |2020-02-25T06:19:44-05:00June 6th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Researchers at Washington State University say they’ve found a way to make jet fuel out of something the world throws out in great quantities every day: household plastic.