The Greenland Shark Can Live For Hundreds Of Years, So Don’t Make It Mad (Cool Weird Awesome 422)

Scientists have determined that the Greenland shark lives longer than any known invertebrate, up to 400 years. How? We don't know, but it sure does seem chill about it. Plus: UK-based artist Sue Austin developed an underwater wheelchair, making the wide, wide sea a lot more accessible.

2020-11-18T07:56:11-05:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Bats Can Predict Where Their Prey Is Headed (Cool Weird Awesome 414)

Bats use their own internal radar - echolocation - to figure out where insects are so they can swoop in and catch their meal. But a study out of Johns Hopkins University shows that how bats track their prey is more complicated than we thought. Plus: today in 2008, music fans named a certain pop and internet legend the Best Act Ever.

2020-11-06T08:17:16-05:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Humans Actually Do Perk Up Their Ears At Interesting Noises (Cool Weird Awesome 339)

Our entire show is based on the idea that we might say something interesting enough that it might get you to perk up your ears, figuratively speaking. Or, as a team at Saarland University has found, maybe not so figuratively speaking. Plus: a sculpture garden in Dublin, Ohio pays tribute to ears of a different kind.

2020-07-10T08:45:37-04:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Otters Collect Rocks And Juggle Them (Cool Weird Awesome 297)

Otters are known to choose favorite rocks to carry around and juggle - it's a real sight to see. Researchers at the University of Exeter have been trying to figure out why otters juggle. Meanwhile: Juneau, Alaska just set up a joke hotline for residents looking for a laugh while staying at home.

2020-05-13T07:59:27-04:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When Cows Get Excited, They Tell Each Other About It (Cool Weird Awesome 224)

A PhD student at the University of Sydney, Alexandra Green, studied a herd of cows for more than five months to study what she called cattle vocal individuality. Cows, it turns out, have a lot to say to each other! Plus: the story of Manuela, a tortoise in Brazil who probably should've spoken up at some point.

2020-01-27T08:03:47-05:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Even For Meringue This Meringue Is Light (Cool Weird Awesome 166)

This meringue is just about the lightest dessert ever made. Based on the lightest substance in the world, Aerogel, it's about 96 percent air and a serving weighs about a gram. We guarantee you won’t think it's too filling. Plus: the story of a light-emitting fungus gnat in Brazil, which is maybe not as appetizing as the first story.

2019-11-07T06:41:45-05:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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