The Game Boy That Doesn’t Need Batteries (Cool Weird Awesome 376)

A research project has built a handheld device modeled on Nintendo's Game Boy that gets its power from solar panels and the energy created by pushing buttons - no batteries necessary. Plus: a programmer has recreated the classic video game Doom inside an electronic pregnancy test. Technology is pretty versatile, isn't it?

By |2020-09-08T07:44:12-04:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

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

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.

By |2020-01-10T06:03:07-05:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

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

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.

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