Fruit Crops Can Stay Safe From Frost Damage With Nanocrystal “Blankets” (Cool Weird Awesome 478)

Frost damage is a growing problem for fruit growers, but a team at Washington State University has developed a cellulose nanocrystal coating that can insulate the buds of grapes and cherries and keep them safe during cold snaps. Plus: a meteorologist who worked in Antarctica just got back the wallet he accidentally left there more than half a century ago.

By |2021-02-10T08:58:00-05:00February 10, 2021|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on Fruit Crops Can Stay Safe From Frost Damage With Nanocrystal “Blankets” (Cool Weird Awesome 478)

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

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.

By |2021-08-24T08:12:52-04:00February 12, 2020|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on Dogs Are Saving Citrus Orchards From Disease (Cool Weird Awesome 236)

We’re Unleashing Drones On Cows And It’s For Their Health (Cool Weird Awesome 128)

The so-called quiet life on the farm is actually one of the most high-tech places on earth. As envisioned by the University of Kentucky research team, drones could fly above cow herds as they graze, learn which cow is which, and visually check each cow so see if they’re healthy.

By |2021-08-30T08:58:59-04:00September 16, 2019|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on We’re Unleashing Drones On Cows And It’s For Their Health (Cool Weird Awesome 128)

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 |2021-06-16T10:35:50-04:00September 12, 2019|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on How About We Put Shade Plants Under Solar Panels? (Cool Weird Awesome 126)
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