Having Knee Problems? Try This Artificial Cartilage (Cool Weird Awesome 338)

Every year in the US there are some 600,000 knee replacement surgeries. But a team at Duke University might help some people avoid those surgeries with a hydrogel that can stand in for cartilage. Plus: engineers at NIKE develop a ball that can really soar.

By |2020-07-09T07:48:16-04:00July 9th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Video Games Are Now Medically Necessary (Cool Weird Awesome 322)

Video games are now as artistically and technically challenging as any other art form. But now they've really leveled up: the FDA has just approved a video game-based treatment for ADHD. Plus: a school librarian in western Virginia just found a clever way to get books to her students while schools and libraries are closed.

By |2020-06-17T08:05:43-04:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Doctor Who Took Out His Own Appendix (Cool Weird Awesome 288)

It would be understandable if you felt a little cut off from the rest of the world these days. Hopefully it won't be as challenging as it was for Dr. Leonid Rogozov, who on this day in 1961 had to remove his own appendix while stationed in Antarctica. Plus: today in 1970, Pink Floyd played a concert for public TV in San Francisco. Silence in the studio!

By |2020-04-30T08:28:53-04:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Can This Device “Hear” Disease? (Cool Weird Awesome 266)

A team Purdue University developed a device that uses sound waves that can help determine if and when a disease has started to invade our body cells. That SOUNDS like a good idea (see what we did there?) Plus: a sports commentator in the UK is keeping his skills in shape during the sports hiatus by doing play-by-play on non-sports activities.

By |2020-03-24T09:44:11-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

4D-Printed Microneedles Could Take The Shots Out Of Getting Shots (Cool Weird Awesome 234)

Here’s one instance where the doctor really CAN say “this won’t hurt a bit.” 4D-printed microneedles could perform of the medical functions of hypodermic needles - giving us vaccines and medicines, taking blood samples - except no shots. Plus: the story of a cat and her 3D-printed titanium paws.

By |2020-02-10T08:59:48-05:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

These Flexible High-Tech Casts Are Standing Up To Itchy Plaster (Cool Weird Awesome 185)

There's a new medical startup called Cast 21, and, as startups do, they’re looking to disrupt those traditional plaster cast paradigms and make a cast so flexible that wearers could even go swimming. Plus: for National Cookie Day, we pay a virtual visit to the National Cookie Cutter HIstorical Museum in Joplin, Missouri.

By |2019-12-04T06:24:49-05:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

The Future Of Health Care Is Alpacas (Cool Weird Awesome 108)

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have been looking at the unusual immune system of alpacas. Their antibodies are not only effective, they’re also easier to harvest than most other animals’ antibodies, so they could help develop ways to treat or regulate some rare but serious diseases in humans.

By |2019-08-19T09:46:30-04:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Please Consider The Environment Before Printing And Reprinting On This Paper (Cool Weird Awesome 73)

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a system to unprint the printing on standard printer paper, in a way that uses less energy and material than the conventional paper recycling process.

By |2019-07-01T09:55:30-04:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Medical Glue. Strong Stuff. (Cool Weird Awesome 72)

A team at Technion–Israel Institute of Technology developed a way to use medical glue to bind human tissue together instead of stitches and medical pins. They heat it up using, essentially, a hot glue gun - one that they hopefully don't leave in with their craft supplies.

By |2019-07-01T09:54:26-04:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |