Growing Bone Tissue With Sound Waves (Cool Weird Awesome 724)

Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology took stem cells and treated them with high-frequency sound waves, which was enough to convert them into bone cells.

By |2022-03-03T08:52:50-05:00March 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Bob Heft Designed The 50-Star U.S. Flag In High School (Cool Weird Awesome 698)

Today in 1942 was the birthday of Bob Heft, who designed a 50-star US flag for a high school class project as Alaska and Hawaii were on their way to statehood.

By |2022-01-19T06:44:24-05:00January 19, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Original Olympic Flag Went Missing For Over 70 Years (Cool Weird Awesome 583)

The original Olympic flag flew over the Games for the first time in 1920, in Antwerp, Belgium, but before it could be passed to the next host city, the “Antwerp flag” disappeared - for over seven decades. Plus: scientists have taught a robotic hand to play Super Mario Bros., because why wouldn't you? 

By |2021-07-28T08:18:30-04:00July 28, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Benny Benson, The 13 Year Old Who Designed Alaska’s Flag (Cool Weird Awesome 570)

Today in 1929, the then-territory of Alaska flew its flag for the first time. That flag, which is still used today, was designed by a 13 year old of Aleutian descent, Benny Benson. Plus: it was this day in 1872 that John F. Blondel of Maine made pastry history. 

By |2021-07-09T09:22:20-04:00July 9, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s The Birthday of “Steady” Ed Headrick, the “Father of Disc Golf” (Cool Weird Awesome 561)

It's the birthday of the guy who took two sports and fused them into one: Ed Headrick, known today as the Father of Disc Golf. Here's some of his story. Plus: it's Pride Day, part of Pride Month, and there's still time to see the original rainbow Pride Flag at San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society Museum.

By |2021-06-28T08:51:26-04:00June 28, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s Not Just A Giant American Flag, It’s Superflag (Cool Weird Awesome 556)

For Flag Day, we present the story of Superflag, a 505 foot long, 255 foot tall American flag that was once flown over Hoover Dam (because they don't make flagpoles that large). Plus: a Durham University study finds people can use click-based echolocation effectively in the real world after just 10 weeks of practice! 

By |2021-06-14T09:38:53-04:00June 14, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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