12 02, 2020

Dogs Are Saving Citrus Orchards From Disease (Cool Weird Awesome 236)

By |2020-02-12T05:55:01-05:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Orchards in the US and elsewhere have been trying to head off a disease called citrus greening. Research shows that dogs can sniff out this disease better and more quickly than any other method we have. Plus: if you're out riding a horse in Australia, and you get a call, put the phone in hands-free mode.

11 02, 2020

Living Fabrics Make The World Greener As They Make Us Look Fancy (Cool Weird Awesome 235)

By |2020-02-11T09:41:19-05:00February 11th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

There's a whole world of sustainable materials for clothing that will have less of an impact should they end up in landfills - some don't just have low carbon footprints, they have negative carbon footprints! Plus: an art student in Japan puts on a fashion show in which the lead materials in the clothes are rubber bands.

10 02, 2020

4D-Printed Microneedles Could Take The Shots Out Of Getting Shots (Cool Weird Awesome 234)

By |2020-02-10T08:59:48-05:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Here’s one instance where the doctor really CAN say “this won’t hurt a bit.” 4D-printed microneedles could perform of the medical functions of hypodermic needles - giving us vaccines and medicines, taking blood samples - except no shots. Plus: the story of a cat and her 3D-printed titanium paws.

7 02, 2020

Blueberries Are Nature’s Bandages (Cool Weird Awesome 233)

By |2020-02-07T19:42:59-05:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

There's a project out of the University of Maine that's found that wild blueberries can help us heal cuts and other wounds. Plus: this weekend the 3rd annual Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival gets underway.

6 02, 2020

Nanoparticles Can Eat Plaque And Clear Arteries (Cool Weird Awesome 232)

By |2020-02-06T06:22:35-05:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Sounds like good news for the millions affected by heart disease: a nanoparticle that can target the plaque inside those blood vessels and actually reduce it! Plus: an animal rescue in Leesville, SC, needs piggy cuddlers!

5 02, 2020

Antarctic Fish Are Helping Us Clear Ice (Cool Weird Awesome 231)

By |2020-02-05T09:45:00-05:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Researchers at UCLA have developed a coating that can take care of persistent ice in winter, and amazingly, it’s all due to fish. Plus: Kendall Diwisch of Edmonton, Alberta. who helped three kittens get unstuck from an icy situation.

3 02, 2020

When Abe Lincoln Said Thanks But No Thanks To A Herd Of Elephants (Cool Weird Awesome 229)

By |2020-02-03T08:54:10-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln wrote to the king of Siam, now Thailand, to say thanks, but no thanks, to the king's offer of a herd of elephants. It was a gracious letter, which was appropriate because elephants themselves have lovely manners.

31 01, 2020

If You Like Hockey, You’ll Like Blind Hockey (Cool Weird Awesome 228)

By |2020-02-01T20:21:19-05:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A growing number of hockey fans are paying attention to blind hockey, where players have either full blindness or 10 percent vision or less. That puts the emphasis on sound. Plus: introducing the Telecaster guitar that's been signed by 16 Navajo code talkers!

30 01, 2020

If You’re Making Cookies In Space, Be Patient (Cool Weird Awesome 227)

By |2020-01-30T07:36:14-05:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Of all the great breakthroughs we’ve made in outer space, there are none sweeter than this: last month, astronauts on the International Space Station baked chocolate chip cookies. But baking cookies in space is a little different than baking them on Earth. Plus: a new device called the Exolung can keep air flowing for virtually as long as a diver likes.

29 01, 2020

The Rubik’s Cube Was A Maddening Puzzle For Decades, But Not For Speedcubers (Cool Weird Awesome 226)

By |2020-01-30T07:31:06-05:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Rubik's Cube first came to a toy fair in London 40 years ago today. I have never finished one, but the enthusiasts known as speedcubers can now solve an entire cube in seconds. Plus: did you know that Horshack from "Welcome Back Kotter" did the voice on the Rubik's Cube cartoon show?

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