Alexander Graham Bell Invented A “Photophone” That Sent Sound On Beams Of Light (Cool Weird Awesome 1250)

Alexander Graham Bell is best known for the telephone, but he thought his light-based calling system, the photophone was way more important... so much so that he even tried to name his daughter Photophone Bell.

By |2024-06-03T07:46:06-04:00June 3, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Maria Beasley Invented A Life Raft And Lots Of Other Hugely Useful Things (Cool Weird Awesome 1244)

Today in 1882 inventor Maria Beasley received the patent for a collapsible life raft. But Beasley was one of those inventors who came up with idea after idea in a bunch of fields, so there's lots more to her story.

By |2024-05-16T06:57:35-04:00May 16, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

When News Companies Tried To Deliver Newspapers Through Radio Transmissions (Cool Weird Awesome 1232)

Today in 1939, the opening of the World's Fair in New York. One of the inventions featured there was a way that newspapers could broadcast newspapers over the radio and have special receivers print out a copy of the paper for customers.

This Smart Glove Could Help Divers Warn Each Other When There’s Danger Nearby (Cool Weird Awesome 1226)

There’s a new development under the sea: a smart glove that could help scuba divers help each other steer clear of danger.

By |2024-04-22T08:49:05-04:00April 22, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Tempest Prognosticator Used Leeches To Predict Stormy Weather (Cool Weird Awesome 1218)

Today was the birthday in 1794 of George Merryweather, the inventor of his era’s most fascinating leech-based weather predicting contraption: the tempest prognosticator. 

By |2024-04-10T07:53:37-04:00April 10, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Legendary Physicists Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard Once Teamed Up To Design A Refrigerator (Cool Weird Awesome 1203)

For Alfred Einstein's birthday, the story of how he and fellow prominent physicist Leo Szilard co-designed a unique kind of refrigerator in the 1920s.

By |2024-03-14T08:10:36-04:00March 14, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Charles Strite, The Inventor Who Made Toasters Pop (Cool Weird Awesome 1191)

Today was the birthday in 1878 of a guy who changed breakfast forever: Charles Strite, the inventor of the pop-up toaster. Here's how the idea popped up.

By |2024-02-27T08:52:18-05:00February 27, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How The Snow Globe Started Shaking Up Winter (Cool Weird Awesome 1153)

Winter is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere. If it doesn't feel like it yet, grab a snow globe - we'll tell you how they got their start.

By |2023-12-22T10:03:45-05:00December 22, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How Google Street View Could Help Stop Invasive Weeds (Cool Weird Awesome 1146)

A project out of the University of California - Davis uses images from a very well known navigation system to help slow the spread of invasive species.

Let’s Meet The Guy Named Mason Who Patented The Mason Jar (Cool Weird Awesome 1137)

Today in 1858 the US issued a patent for the mason jar. And yes, the story of the mason jar starts with someone named Mason. 

By |2023-11-30T08:57:49-05:00November 30, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |
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