Solar-Powered Cribs Are A Bright Idea To Stop Jaundice (Cool Weird Awesome 736)

Jaundice is treatable with phototherapy, but not all places have access to light therapy machines. A startup in Nigeria is building solar-powered phototherapy machines to fill that gap.

By |2022-03-21T09:21:11-04:00March 21, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A High-Tech Bed That Can Help Rock A Preemie (Cool Weird Awesome 508)

Babies born ahead of schedule can benefit from close contact with parents and caregivers - and for the times they're not available, there's a new hospital bed called Calmer that can simulate the rocking motion they feel when they're being held up close. Plus: anybody need a fancy door that can fold down into a ping pong table? Cause that exists now.

By |2021-03-30T07:30:04-04:00March 30, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

What’s In A Baby Name? A Pop Song (Cool Weird Awesome 211)

All kinds of pop culture can lead to trends in baby names, but there’s research that shows that when a hit song has climbed up the pop charts, the same name starts climbing the list of baby names. Plus: good news out of the Consumer Electronics Show for drivers who forget their sunglasses. It's an interactive smart car visor.

By |2020-01-08T05:43:22-05:00January 8, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Recycled Milk Bottles Apparently Make Great Road Surfaces (Cool Weird Awesome 208)

In South Africa, a construction company has started producing and using a more eco-friendly asphalt that contains plastic pellets that come from recycled milk bottles. Plus: meet a mayor in Texas who’s bringing a VERY fresh perspective to the job.

By |2021-03-19T08:03:36-04:00January 3, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How Oregon Trail Inspired A Generation To Learn About Dysentery (Cool Weird Awesome 184)

It was 48 years ago today that kids first got to play the video game Oregon Trail - the invention of three student teachers from Minnesota who ended up changing video game history without realizing it. Plus: a hospital in San Antonio, Texas marks the holiday season by sending all its December newborns home in red and white hats… and stockings!

By |2021-02-08T10:28:21-05:00December 3, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

When A Store Held A Drawing For A Baby (Cool Weird Awesome 183)

It was the giveaway to end all giveaways: 70 years ago almost to the day, a store in Oregon advertised a drawing for a baby. How the heck did this actually happen? Plus: it's December and a good way to enjoy the season is a little thing called ice bumper cars.

By |2019-12-02T06:34:00-05:00December 2, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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