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: , , , , |

“Fordite” Is The Gem Made From Paint At Auto Factories (Cool Weird Awesome 393)

Back in the days when auto workers spray painted new vehicles, excess paint would harden and accumulate into a substance that looked like colorful gemstones. Jewelers have been making works of art out of "fordite" ever since. Plus: ever wanted to make a bread bowl that looks like your own face? Now you can! 

By |2021-02-25T09:15:15-05:00October 1, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Speed Camera That Thought It Caught A Car Going 437 MPH (Cool Weird Awesome 341)

There was a story out of Italy where a driver got a ticket for driving 437 miles per hour. Since that's almost three times as fast as the car could legitimately go, it's believed to have been a malfunction of a local speed camera. Plus: the creations of cabinet maker Henk Verhoeff aren't malfunctioning, they're meant to be, as the artist put it, "broken and weird."

By |2020-07-14T08:00:01-04:00July 14, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Radio Saved The Eiffel Tower (Cool Weird Awesome 271)

The Eiffel Tower was only supposed to stand in Paris for 20 years... but experiments in "wireless telegraphy" helped convince the powers that be to keep the tower in place. Plus: this gallery of the weirdest-looking cars to ever roll off the assembly line is maybe not the aesthetic equal of the Eiffel Tower, but it sure is fun.

By |2021-03-30T14:27:52-04:00March 31, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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