A Town In France Could Have Bioluminescent Street Lights (Cool Weird Awesome 765)

In Rambouillet, France, a startup is developing street lights that are bioluminescent - they’re powered by bacteria that glow. Plus: around this time in 1965, a woman sees a car selling for "1,395 bananas" and shows up at the dealership with actual fruit. 

By |2022-05-05T09:02:45-04:00May 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Chester Greenwood Brought Earmuffs To Cold-Eared People All Over The World (Cool Weird Awesome 732)

Maine became a state today in 1820. One of its best-known inventors was Chester Greenwood, who came up with a way to keep his, and many other people's, ears warm. 

By |2022-03-15T09:21:35-04:00March 15, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Kugel Balls Are Huge And Heavy But We Can Move Them (Cool Weird Awesome 686)

Around this time in 2003, the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond introduced a new attraction: a 29 ton globe that people can push around. Here's a look at the mechanics behind Kugel Balls. 

By |2022-01-03T09:09:37-05:00January 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Little Leaguer Katie Brownell Once Struck Out Every Batter In An Entire Game (Cool Weird Awesome 536)

Today in 2005, an 11 year old pitcher in upstate New York, Katie Brownell, brought her A-game to the Little League field. She not only pitched a perfect game, she struck out all 18 batters she faced! Plus: Houston's famous Art Car Parade is back this weekend. 

By |2021-09-28T06:56:58-04:00May 14, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

These Biofuel Cells Are Powered By Our Sweat (Cool Weird Awesome 525)

Wearables are big right now, and while they're increasingly useful, they're also limited by the batteries they require. A new effort out of Japan has developed a way to power devices through a chemical found in human perspiration. Plus: Airo is a self-driving concept car that is not only all-electric, it has a built in filter to clean the air it drives through.

By |2021-04-29T09:20:12-04:00April 29, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The World’s Fanciest Bus Stop (Cool Weird Awesome 499)

In Scotland's Shetland Islands, on the island called Unst, a 7 year old's request for a new bus stop led to a community tradition of making the space comfortable and colorful. Plus: a museum in South Bend, Indiana is showcasing cars of the 1970s, a time when cars were cars - sometimes a car was multiple cars.

By |2021-03-18T06:47:35-04:00March 18, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Classic Cars Can Also Be Green Cars, With A Little Work Under The Hood (Cool Weird Awesome 436)

A California company is building an all-electric platform designed specifically to keep classic and vintage cars with gas engines on the road, with much smaller carbon footprints. Plus: ever heard a jazz solo on the bagpipes? No? You might be missing out. 

By |2020-12-08T09:56:17-05:00December 8, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Robot Car That Can Walk As Well As It Drives (Cool Weird Awesome 432)

Hyundai is now working to develop what it calls "ultimate mobility vehicles." When they encounter rough terrain the wheels can't pass through, these cars will be able to stand up on robotic legs and walk through. Plus: a guy on TikTok is winning fans with his four-wheel-drive off-road lawn mower.

By |2020-12-02T08:07:27-05:00December 2, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

There Used To Be A World Record For Auto Sales (Cool Weird Awesome 427)

This week marks two years since the end of a lawsuit over who had the world record in car sales! Not that we're short on stories these days about people disputing numbers. Plus: if you want a calmer story, how about this one about an artist who makes ornate sculptures from apples?

By |2021-02-16T10:18:34-05:00November 25, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

In The Future, Roadside Assistance Could Come From Robots (Cool Weird Awesome 423)

Robot roadside assistance? Toyota has applied for a patent for a system where self-driving drones could pull up to vehicles and give them some gas - or, if it runs on electricity, give it a charge. Plus: when you need to get a donor organ from one part of Italy to another, what do you do? Turn to a Lamborghini, of course.

By |2020-11-19T08:14:22-05:00November 19, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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