31 07, 2019

Depression-Detecting AI Is Much More Than A Virtual Mood Ring (Cool Weird Awesome 95)

By |2019-07-31T13:34:40-04:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Someday, smart speakers might be able to sound off if we don’t sound quite ourselves. Researchers at the University of Alberta have been working on a way for AI to detect depression through voice recordings.

30 07, 2019

Here’s Why Nellie Bly Is Getting Her Own Monument (Cool Weird Awesome 94)

By |2019-07-30T15:05:39-04:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Trailblazing journalist Nellie Bly once feigned severe mental illness to expose abuses at an asylum from the inside. New York City is now putting up a monument in her honor on the site where the asylum once stood.

29 07, 2019

Where We Got Olympic Medals From Before Recycled Cell Phones (Cool Weird Awesome 93)

By |2019-08-06T13:49:41-04:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Last week the organizers of the 2020 Olympic Games revealed that 100 percent of the gold, silver and bronze used to create the Olympic medals is recycled - the metal comes from used cell phones. But the ancient Olympians got olive branches as prizes. Why is it that we have Olympic medals in the first place?

25 07, 2019

The Most Powerful Cat May Be The One At 10 Downing Street (Cool Weird Awesome 91)

By |2019-07-26T13:16:59-04:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Whenever a new Prime Minister takes office in the UK, the first question many people ask is: what happens to the cat living at the official residence at 10 Downing Street? We'll look at some of the most famous felines to ever hold the title Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office.

24 07, 2019

Drones Can Go Through Windows Now. That’s Good, Right? (Cool Weird Awesome 90)

By |2019-08-06T13:55:25-04:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

There’s a quadcopter drone that uses spring-loaded arms and a process called "rapid aerial morphing" to fold itself up as it flies. So we’re a step closer to real-life Transformers. Plus: the story of the all-robot band Compressorhead, whose members twist and turn their mechanical parts so they can ROCK!

23 07, 2019

She Ran A Marathon While Pushing A Triple Stroller Full Of Kids (Cool Weird Awesome 89)

By |2019-07-23T12:53:07-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Lots of parents multitask but Cynthia Arnold is completely off the charts, having just run the Missoula Marathon while pushing a triple stroller containing her three kids.

22 07, 2019

Point No Point And Other Amazing, Actual Places (Cool Weird Awesome 88)

By |2019-07-23T09:29:11-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The website and book Sad Topographies teaches us that our planet is home to some unusually-named places, like Gloomy Lake in Ontario, Divorce Beach in Mexico, New Jersey’s Shades of Death Road (!) and a spot in Washington state known as Point No Point.

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