Turning Plastic Into Jet Fuel, In About An Hour (Cool Weird Awesome 538)

Researchers at Washington State University have found a way to convert plastic waste into jet fuel that takes only an hour. And it's also less energy-intensive, which could make recycling plastic more cost-effective and more common. Plus: today in 2017, a high school in Virginia made sure to include a beloved service dog in its yearbook photos! 

By |2021-05-18T08:12:11-04:00May 18, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Jessica Anderson, A Record-Setting Marathon-Running Nurse (Cool Weird Awesome 524)

Today in 2019 a runner in the London Marathon set a world record, though it wasn’t recognized as such right away. Here's the story of Jessica Anderson, who was looking to break the world record for fastest marathon run in a nurse’s uniform. Plus: NoseID lets people scan their dogs' one-of-a-kind nose prints into their system, and if the dogs get away, someone else can scan their noses to figure out who they are and reunite them with their people.

By |2021-04-28T08:39:23-04:00April 28, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Can Robots Get Dogs To Sit? (Cool Weird Awesome 304)

Our world is filling up with artificial intelligence, and now, so is the world of dogs. Researchers at Yale University have been testing whether dogs will take commands from robot voices. Plus: someone, somehow, posted a video that appears to show a motorized Porta-Potty. We just report these things, we can't always explain them.

By |2021-02-18T10:24:01-05:00May 22, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

When Kentucky Had a “Meat Shower” (Cool Weird Awesome 250)

On this day in 1876, a Mrs. Crouch was outside making soap when “suddenly there descended upon her a gentle shower of meat.” What the heck happened to cause meat to fall from the sky over Bath County, Kentucky? Plus: Lincoln, the goat mayor of Fairhaven, Vermont, runs for reelection against his challenger, Sammy the police dog.

By |2020-03-03T06:31:36-05:00March 3, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dogs Are Saving Citrus Orchards From Disease (Cool Weird Awesome 236)

Orchards in the US and elsewhere have been trying to head off a disease called citrus greening. Research shows that dogs can sniff out this disease better and more quickly than any other method we have. Plus: if you're out riding a horse in Australia, and you get a call, put the phone in hands-free mode.

By |2021-08-24T08:12:52-04:00February 12, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

UPS Drivers Are Hanging Out With Dogs And Posting Photos With Their New Pals (Cool Weird Awesome 202)

There’s a Facebook group/Instagram account called UPS Dogs, and it collects and shares photos of the pups that delivery drivers meet (and usually befriend) on their routes, especially the ones they see regularly. Which is completely and utterly adorable. Plus: meet the world’s smallest inhabited island, with an appropos name of Just Room Enough Island.

By |2019-12-27T08:36:47-05:00December 27, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Stella The Dog Uses A Soundboard (Cool Weird Awesome 170)

Stella the dog lives with a speech-language pathologist and has been using a soundboard to "say" several dozen words, raising hopes that someday the show "Dog With A Blog" may come to life. Plus: Quilty the cat likes to spend his nights freeing the other cats at the animal shelter.

By |2019-11-13T06:15:26-05:00November 13, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Little Robot That Cleans Up After Your Dog (Cool Weird Awesome 156)

A startup called Beetl is developing an autonomous device that’s ready to clean up after our dogs on demand, thanks to a large scooper on its underside. If they’re willing to do this job, maybe robots aren’t trying to conquer us after all. Plus: "dogfishing" is a problem for online dating.

By |2019-10-25T06:37:28-04:00October 24, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Meet Owney, The Legendary Postal Dog (Cool Weird Awesome 92)

The National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, has an exhibit telling the story of Owney, the dog who loved the mail so much that he helped deliver it all over the world.

By |2021-04-06T08:30:07-04:00July 26, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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