Kansas City’s Subtropolis Is A Huge Business Complex That’s 100 Feet Underground (Cool Weird Awesome 1223)

There's a story you see online about how Ford stashed some surplus cars in an underground cave to preserve them until they could sell. We can't verify that entire story, but there is an underground business park in Kansas City that Ford has used for decades.

By |2024-04-17T08:02:50-04:00April 17, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Snow Is White In Real Life; In Paintings It Can Be A Different Story (Cool Weird Awesome 453)

Snow gets its white color because of the way light and color work - but in paintings, artists use a few other tones to make their snowscapes look more realistic and more interesting.

By |2024-01-06T08:49:40-05:00January 6, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Really, Really White Paint Can Act Like A Coat Of Air Conditioning On A Building (Cool Weird Awesome 405)

Scientists at Purdue University have a way to help keep us cool to the point that we might not even need air conditioning, and all it takes is a fresh coat of a special paint. Plus: the town of Asbestos, Quebec has finally chosen a new name!

By |2020-10-26T09:01:08-04:00October 26, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Fluorescents Just Got Even Brighter (Cool Weird Awesome 357)

Judging by my kids' toy collections I thought fluorescents were already about as bright as possible. But chemists at Indiana University and the University of Copenhagen have found a way to make the brightest fluorescent materials ever made. Plus: for World Elephant Day, meet Lucy, the elephant-shaped hotel on the Jersey Shore.

By |2020-08-12T07:29:57-04:00August 12, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The “Vantafish” Is A Fish That Absorbs Light (Cool Weird Awesome 344)

Vantablack is a color that's so black it absorbs almost all of the light nearby. There's new research out about a "vantafish" that does almost the same thing to avoid its hungry bioluminescent neighbors. Plus: you've heard of drive-in theaters; Paris is going to have a "float-in" theater featuring "socially distanced boats" on the Seine.

By |2024-03-13T07:50:21-04:00July 17, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Race To Keep Day-Glo Paints Glo-ing (Cool Weird Awesome 130)

Paintings made with Day Glo paint - some by well-known and influential artists - are losing their glow over time. Conservationists don't yet know how to solve this puzzle, but we do at least know how Day Glo got started.

By |2021-06-09T08:46:45-04:00September 18, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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