Hydrogel Sheets Could Clean Up Spills Quicker Than Ever Before (Cool Weird Awesome 933)

A lot of us turn to paper towels when there’s a mess to be addressed, but they could also be greener. Researchers are developing a reusable kitchen towel made of hydrogel.

By |2023-01-23T08:43:10-05:00January 23, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Here’s Why There Aren’t B Batteries (Cool Weird Awesome 913)

Maybe you had to pick up some batteries for some of the presents you bought this month. When it comes to toys, we’ve got AA, AAA, C and D batteries… but not B! Why not?

By |2022-12-27T09:21:52-05:00December 27, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Brushing Our Teeth With Help From Nanorobots (Cool Weird Awesome 818)

University of Pennsylvania researchers are developing a teeth cleaning system out of nanoparticles.

By |2022-07-26T09:17:29-04:00July 26, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Chess “Robot” Beat Grand Masters In The 18th Century – Sort Of (Cool Weird Awesome 803)

Today in 1854, the end of one of the great hoaxes of its day: a fire in a Philadelphia museum destroyed what people of that time thought was a super-intelligent chess robot.

By |2022-07-05T09:17:55-04:00July 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Typewriter Inventor Was Trying To Help A Blind Friend Send Letters (Cool Weird Awesome 795)

For National Typewriter Day, some of the stories that helped bring this device to life, including a guy in Italy who was trying to help a blind countess write letters.

By |2022-06-23T10:55:29-04:00June 23, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Smart Pacifier Is A High-Tech Wearable That Helps Keep Newborns Healthy (Cool Weird Awesome 783)

Washington State University has developed a high-tech wearable (I guess you call it a wearable?) to make it easier to take care of a very important test for some babies: a smart pacifier.

By |2022-05-31T06:50:39-04:00May 31, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

“Smart Work Zones” Can Keep Workers Safe On Roads And Highways (Cool Weird Awesome 781)

When there's road work to be done, crews put up cones, barrels and fences to keep workers safe. Now a "smart work" zone system being tested in Virginia could make those spaces even safer.

By |2022-05-27T08:52:16-04:00May 27, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Scientists May Be Able To Recreate Cleopatra’s Perfume (Cool Weird Awesome 775)

We don't know for sure it's hers, but researchers have found traces of a perfume that was likely popular during Cleopatra's time - and they think they may be able to brew some of it up.

By |2022-05-19T11:02:48-04:00May 19, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When Jacqueline Cochran Broke The Sound Barrier (Cool Weird Awesome 774)

Today in 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier. Then again, Cochran moved at high speed her whole career. Plus: today in 1838, the birthday of Alexander Miles, a Black inventor who made elevators what they are today. 

By |2022-05-18T06:19:11-04:00May 18, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

These Smart Glasses Can Describe The World For Blind Wearers (Cool Weird Awesome 772)

A company called Envision has designed a set of glasses that uses artificial intelligence to help blind people with a wide range of activities. They can decode text, detect color and describe outdoor scenes to the wearer, among many other functions.

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