10 01, 2020

We Could Make Fuel Kind Of Like Plants Do (Cool Weird Awesome 213)

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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.

12 09, 2019

How About We Put Shade Plants Under Solar Panels? (Cool Weird Awesome 126)

By |2019-09-12T09:10:20-04:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

There's work out of the University of Arizona that says solar arrays can be even more efficient if you grow food underneath the panels. And no, the panels don't block the plants from growing by taking all the sun. Plus: Chandler, Arizona is hosting the Rockin' Taco Street Fest, which finally combines the goodness of tacos with lucha libre pro wrestling.