Time To Upgrade The International Space Station’s Bathroom (Cool Weird Awesome 321)

Sometimes you go into space to land on the moon, and other times it’s for maintenance purposes. NASA is planning a mission to replace the toilet on the International Space Station. Plus: this is Waste and Recycling Workers Week, are you paying tribute to those who collect all the stuff we toss out?

By |2020-06-16T08:10:01-04:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When In Rome, Recycle Like The Ancient Romans Did (Cool Weird Awesome 292)

The city of Pompeii was buried by Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago. And yet something there may sound very familiar to us today: the community had a pretty elaborate recycling system. Plus: why staff at the Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo are encouraging people to video chat with their eels.

By |2020-05-06T07:46:15-04:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Bouncy Pavement Could Be Safer Pavement (Cool Weird Awesome 278)

Falls on hard pavement can be very, very dangerous for some of us. That's why a research group called SAFERUP is trying to make safer, bouncier pavement. Plus: the Rakuten Monkeys baseball team in Taiwan is planning to have robot mannequins in the stands to cheer them on until fans can return to the ballpark.

By |2020-04-16T07:54:24-04:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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

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.

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

We Can Put Old Mattresses To Use In Gardens (Cool Weird Awesome 245)

A project run by researchers at the University of Sheffield, is using foam taken from discarded mattresses to help Syrian refugees start hydroponic gardens in Jordan. Plus: why were there two Miss Sasquatch Queens in Saskatchewan back in 1969?

By |2020-02-25T06:11:26-05:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Robot That Sorts Your Trash From Your Recyclables (Cool Weird Awesome 240)

Toss an item into TrashBot and the system’s internal sensors figure out what the item is, and whether to recycle it or toss it out. No more recyclables in the trash, no more trash in the recyclables. Plus: officials in Prichard, Alabama missed a typo when sending out their new trash bins for residents.

By |2020-02-18T09:34:54-05:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

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

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.

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

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

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.

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