Didier Delsalle Landed His Helicopter On Top Of Mount Everest (Cool Weird Awesome 1242)

Today in 2005, test pilot Didier Delsalle took a helicopter where a helicopter had never gone before: the summit of Mount Everest. 

By |2024-05-14T08:29:11-04:00May 14, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

How To Keep Flying Robots Flying Even When Their Wings Are Damaged (Cool Weird Awesome 972)

Drones are becoming increasingly useful, but they can get damaged and grounded pretty quickly. A team at MIT has found bee-inspired workarounds that would keep impaired robotic crafts flying.

By |2024-03-17T14:10:16-04:00March 17, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

We Can Send Edible Drones To People While They’re Waiting For A Rescue (Cool Weird Awesome 904)

Engineers and enthusiasts are finding all kinds of great uses for drones, but this one may top them all: there are now drones with edible wings that can reach and then feed people who are in need of rescue.

By |2023-12-14T20:48:14-05:00December 14, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Teams Of High-Tech Drones Can 3D Print In The Air (Cool Weird Awesome 864)

Aerial Additive Manufacturing is a new process in which a team of drones 3D print while still flying, and then scanning drones fly by to make sure the job was done right.

By |2022-10-12T08:52:10-04:00October 12, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

The Next Big Thing In Home Insulation? Mushrooms (Cool Weird Awesome 632)

A startup in the UK has found a way to use mushrooms to create a new, greener kind of home insulation. But don't worry, it isn't just growing mushrooms inside the walls of your house. Plus: an Australian company that delivers coffee by drone is reworking its business model because nesting ravens are attacking their aircraft. 

By |2021-10-12T08:51:31-04:00October 12, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Waterways Could Get Extra Clean After They’re Cleaned By These Drones (Cool Weird Awesome 512)

A device in Denmark, WasteShark, has been roaming through water to scoop up floating debris. Now it's going to have a flying companion drone to help spot waste and maybe even clean up oil spills. Plus: photographer Nancy Floyd has been taking self-portraits and other images, structured the same way, day after day since 1982, to show the passage of time. Talk about playing the long game. 

By |2024-01-12T09:49:30-05:00April 5, 2021|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: , , , , |

Can Drones Help Make Bridges Safer? (Cool Weird Awesome 342)

The drone company Skydio has just announced a new 3D scanning software that’s intended for use on large-scale structures like bridges. That may help us deal with the tens of thousands of "structurally deficient" bridges in the US. Plus: ever seen a guy do a shredding guitar solo riding on a OneWheel skateboard?

By |2020-07-15T08:23:40-04:00July 15, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

How To Fight Fires With Drones (Cool Weird Awesome 274)

Firefighters in Chongqing, China, may soon put out fires with help from a team of six large drones that can get in the air and quickly extinguish blazes.

By |2024-04-03T08:27:18-04:00April 3, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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