Puerto Rico’s Festival de las Máscaras Gets Colorful And Loud (Cool Weird Awesome 1157)

If this time of year is a little too drab and grey for your tastes, head to Puerto Rico’s northern coast for Festival de las Máscaras de Hatillo: the Festival of Masks. 

By |2023-12-28T09:06:38-05:00December 28, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Guy Carved Slogans Into Giant Boulders To Get People To Think Positive (Cool Weird Awesome 567)

Today is the birthday of Roger Babson, who once hired stonecutters to carve giant motivational slogans into a series of boulders in Massachusetts during the Great Depression. Plus: a research team from Harvard and MIT has announced a new high-tech face mask with disease-spotting biosensors. It can spot germs more or less in real time! 

By |2021-07-06T08:40:23-04:00July 6, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Record Your Own Song Into A Paper Cup (Cool Weird Awesome 309)

Most audio these days (including this show) is recorded digitally, but there are lots of ways to document sounds, including one that's built around a paper cup-turned-microphone.

By |2024-05-29T08:04:37-04:00May 29, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The “Mutant Enzyme” That Helps Recycle Plastic (Cool Weird Awesome 275)

A company called Carbios says it’s been using what it calls a “mutant enzyme” to break plastic down into the components to make new plastic in mere hours.

By |2024-04-13T08:30:53-04:00April 13, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

We Could Make Fuel Kind Of Like Plants Do (Cool Weird Awesome 213)

Humans have been trying to figure out how to replicate plant photosynthesis for a long time - and we’ve had some successes, but a team at the University of Michigan has taken one of the biggest steps forward, with a process that uses metals as catalysts to turn light, carbon dioxide and water into methane.

By |2024-01-10T18:41:57-05:00January 10, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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