To Protect Themselves From Lions, Cattle In Botswana Have Eyes On Their Backsides (Cool Weird Awesome 359)

"Ambush predators" like lions go after livestock while those animals aren't looking. So scientists at the University of New South Wales tested a theory in Botswana: what if we painted eyes on the back ends of cattle so the lions thought they were watching? Plus: National Roller Coaster Day is coming up, make your plans to visit Japan's famous pedal-powered SkyCycle. 

By |2020-08-14T08:30:54-04:00August 14th, 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.

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

We’re Unleashing Drones On Cows And It’s For Their Health (Cool Weird Awesome 128)

The so-called quiet life on the farm is actually one of the most high-tech places on earth. As envisioned by the University of Kentucky research team, drones could fly above cow herds as they graze, learn which cow is which, and visually check each cow so see if they’re healthy.

By |2019-09-16T08:57:30-04:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Keep Playing, Richie Havens, The Rest Of Woodstock Is Coming (Cool Weird Awesome 106)

Richie Havens wasn't supposed to be the first act at the Woodstock festival, which started 50 years ago today. But like so much of Woodstock, what was supposed to happen was very different than what actually took place. Oh, also, there were cows there!

By |2019-08-15T09:39:12-04:00August 15th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |