Voyager 1 Hears A “Hum” From Beyond The Solar System (Cool Weird Awesome 535)

Way out there beyond the edge of the solar system, Voyager 1 is measuring the density of the stuff out there. And because that stuff is vibrating, it comes out as sound. In other words, there are sounds in interstellar space and we have now recorded them. Plus: a look at a very chill hobby some bartenders have taken up in Japan. 

By |2021-05-13T09:45:43-04:00May 13, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Snow Is White In Real Life; In Paintings It Can Be A Different Story (Cool Weird Awesome 453)

Snow gets its white color because of the way light and color work - but in paintings, artists use a few other tones to make their snowscapes look more realistic and more interesting. Plus: why a New York City department store once tried to sell chips of 100,000 year old ice.

By |2021-08-12T18:44:48-04:00January 6, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The People Who Fix Typewriters Have A Job That Still Needs To Be Done (Cool Weird Awesome 375)

Computers and the Internet have changed so much of the world, but older technology that still has a home in the world and there are still people who still make it all work, like the family that runs the Gramercy Typewriter Company in Manhattan. Plus: sitting in a box of ice up to your shoulders may or may not be a job, but the guy who set the world record last week definitely worked.

By |2021-06-26T16:56:32-04:00September 7, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Antarctic Fish Are Helping Us Clear Ice (Cool Weird Awesome 231)

Researchers at UCLA have developed a coating that can take care of persistent ice in winter, and amazingly, it’s all due to fish. Plus: Kendall Diwisch of Edmonton, Alberta. who helped three kittens get unstuck from an icy situation.

By |2020-02-05T09:45:00-05:00February 5, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

De-ice De-ice, Baby (Cool Weird Awesome 28)

Researchers have developed a coating that can stop ice from building up on your car until it’s almost impossible to scrape off. Instead, it collapses under its own weight and just slides to the ground. Not all heroes wear capes.

By |2020-07-21T23:54:07-04:00April 29, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |
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