Could We Replace Concrete Walls With Ones Made Of 3D-Printed Soil? (Cool Weird Awesome 829)

The new 3D printing project called To Grow A Building is working on a method to 3D print the components of structures out of dirt, with the goal of reducing the significant amount of emissions that come from using standard building materials.

By |2022-08-17T12:04:24-04:00August 17, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Brushing Our Teeth With Help From Nanorobots (Cool Weird Awesome 818)

University of Pennsylvania researchers are developing a teeth cleaning system out of nanoparticles.

By |2022-07-26T09:17:29-04:00July 26, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Bacteria Can Make Ink For 3D Printers Now (Cool Weird Awesome 673)

3D printing is getting bigger and bigger. And the range of substances you can use in 3D printing projects is growing, too - including a new project that uses bacteria to make a 3D ink.

By |2021-12-16T07:59:15-05:00December 16, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Babies Babble, And So Do Baby Bats (Cool Weird Awesome 610)

If you’ve ever been around a baby you probably heard some cooing, gurgling and babbling, as the babies try to make the sounds adults make. Some new research finds if you spend time with baby bats, you might hear them doing essentially the same thing. Plus: the YouTube channel Steadycraftin finds a pretty cool way to reuse some of those old orange plastic prescription bottles. 

By |2021-09-10T06:11:35-04:00September 10, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Bioprinting Clothes (And More) Out Of Algae (Cool Weird Awesome 530)

A research team at the University of Rochester and the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has found a way to bioprint a strong, flexible and eco-friendly material that could one day serve as fabric for t-shirts, energy storage for space missions and much more. Plus: there's a world record for longest golf drive into a moving car... you knew that was a record, right?

By |2021-05-06T08:13:28-04:00May 6, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

We Can 3D Print Houses Out Of Clay And Soil Now (Cool Weird Awesome 527)

Two new construction projects bring the ancient art of using soil and other materials on a building site to create a new house, in these cases with the help of 3d printers. Plus: Scan the World is an online museum that has 3D scans of thousands of great artworks. 

By |2021-05-03T09:42:46-04:00May 3, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Madagascar Will Be Home To The World’s First 3D-Printed School (Cool Weird Awesome 476)

Building new schools can take lots of time and money, but a new initiative has developed a construction method using 3D printing that they say can put an entire classroom together in a week or less. Plus: a new photo project is recreating great images from fine art and pop culture, but with all the people and characters replaced by hot dogs!

By |2021-02-08T09:28:43-05:00February 8, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Teachers Who Became World Class Screamers (But Not At Their Classes) (Cool Weird Awesome 400)

To mark our 400th episode, we have stories of some of the people who have set world records for screaming! Two of them are educators, though I don't think they practice on their students. Plus: scientists have figured out how to 3D print treats out of milk.

By |2022-02-24T18:41:43-05:00October 12, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Turn Used Cooking Oil Into Raw Material For 3D Printers (Cool Weird Awesome 256)

Researchers at the University of Toronto have an idea: maybe the old cooking oil from fast food chains could have new life as resin for 3D printers. Plus: this weekend in Mansfield, Texas, it’s the one and only Pickle Parade!

By |2021-05-06T08:28:36-04:00March 11, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

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

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.

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