Smart Tech Can Help Beekeepers Protect Their Hives (Cool Weird Awesome 504)

An engineer and beekeeper in New England has developed a system using radar and vibrational sensors to detect when a hive is being robbed by a rival colony, or when some of the bees are about to leave and start their own colony. That should create a buzz among beekepers! Plus: IKEA has just published a digital "scrapsbook" intended to help people turn leftovers into new meals and not into food waste.

By |2021-03-24T09:51:02-04:00March 24, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Put This Sensor On Your Food And See If It’s Safe To Eat (Cool Weird Awesome 383)

A sensor developed at MIT uses a set of microneedles to push through packaging and determine whether the food inside is safe to eat, which could prevent food waste and help head off outbreaks of salmonella. Plus: did you know China is apparently home to several thousand glass footbridges, where you can walk across and see what's underneath?

By |2021-02-04T10:32:41-05:00September 17, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A New Device Can Tell When An Avocado Will Be Ripe (Cool Weird Awesome 347)

A team of engineering students at Harvard is teaming with a startup called Savormetrics to develop a device that can tell us when avocados will be ripe. It's one step on the way to solving the costly problem of food waste. Plus: a project in Belgium called #ArtGenetics is learning about the evolution of fruits and vegetables through classic paintings.

By |2021-03-20T09:42:38-04:00July 29, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Even Takeout Can Be Greener, Thanks To Reusable To-Go Containers (Cool Weird Awesome 119)

From now on, the phrase “fast food wrapper” might only refer to hungry MCs.

By |2019-09-03T09:02:22-04:00September 3, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Sensors Report Leftovers Are Still Fresh (Cool Weird Awesome 59)

We may be taking a big step forward in the effort to stop food waste! A research team at Imperial College London has developed food freshness sensors that can be embedded in the packaging of meat and fish and detect the gases that show up when food spoils.

By |2020-09-17T09:51:27-04:00June 11, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |
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