When The New Year’s Ball Drop Is Over, New York City Gets Busy Cleaning Up Times Square (Cool Weird Awesome 1159)

Each year New York City hosts huge crowds hoping to see the famous ball drop. But once the giant party is done and the revelers have headed home, the giant cleanup effort begins. 

By |2024-01-12T09:47:20-05:00January 1, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Before The Internet Was All About Dumpster Fires, There Was The Creation Of The Dumpster (Cool Weird Awesome 1129)

It was this month in 1936 that a guy in Knoxville, Tennessee started promoting his newly-invented giant trash receptacle, named the dumpster.

By |2023-11-20T06:05:13-05:00November 20, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

What Ants Can Teach Us About Mass Transportation (Cool Weird Awesome 1089)

A UCLA study finds that humans might be able to find some transportation inspiration from another creature that moves around in large numbers: the ant.

By |2023-09-18T09:39:24-04:00September 18, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How High-Tech Garbage Trucks Can Help Maintain A City (Cool Weird Awesome 1080)

A new project using smart cameras could help keep our neighborhoods in proper working order, and it’s all based around garbage trucks. 

By |2023-09-05T09:10:16-04:00September 5, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Carlester Smith Walked His Way Through Annapolis (Cool Weird Awesome 981)

For National Walking Day, the story of the guy known as the “Walking Man of Annapolis,” Carlester Smith, and how he helped keep his neighborhood clean on daily speedwalks.

By |2023-04-05T07:43:46-04:00April 5, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

High Tech Clothes Could Start Your Car Or Pay For Your Groceries (Cool Weird Awesome 662)

Our wireless, hands-free, automatic, smart device era may be about to get even smarter, thanks to high-tech smart fabric that can send out signals to devices or turn itself into a health monitor. Plus: a trash barrel from the US goes on holiday, traveling all the way across the ocean to end up in Ireland. 

By |2023-11-23T16:47:53-05:00November 23, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Mount Everest May Soon Be Getting Cleaner, And More Arty (Cool Weird Awesome 472)

Sagarmatha, aka Mount Everest, is the world's highest mountain, and the site of a growing environmental problem. A new initiative wants to remove trash and recyclables from the peak and turn some of them into art.

By |2024-01-12T09:50:36-05:00February 2, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Time To Upgrade The International Space Station’s Bathroom (Cool Weird Awesome 321)

Sometimes you go into space to land on the moon, and other times it’s for maintenance purposes. NASA is planning a mission to replace the toilet on the International Space Station. Plus: this is Waste and Recycling Workers Week, are you paying tribute to those who collect all the stuff we toss out?

Who Wants To Be The Garbage Collector Of Space? (Cool Weird Awesome 188)

There are tens of thousands of pieces of space debris orbiting the Earth. We've tried a few different ways to bring them back down over the years. Plus: in Huddleston, Virginia, a giant hay sculpture of a country music legend. Meet Will-hay Nelson!

By |2023-11-24T10:35:48-05:00December 9, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Trash Can Isn’t Going To Take Itself Out. Oh, Actually Now It Is (Cool Weird Awesome 141)

The Smart Can is a motorized, automated trash bin that will drive itself to the curb every week. Which means it's already more motivated about garbage day than I've ever been. Plus: the pinball festival known as PinBaltimore is getting underway in Maryland.

By |2023-11-20T06:27:13-05:00October 3, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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