The Mystery of the Georgia Guidestones (Cool Weird Awesome 502)

In northeast Georgia, there are giant stone slabs inscribed with ten rules to lead the world toward "an Age of Reason." But the reason for the rules - and who had them installed there - remain a secret.

By |2024-03-22T08:49:03-04:00March 22, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

This Device Turns Your House Into A Mini Recycling Center (Cool Weird Awesome 483)

Lasso is a prototype for an in-home recycling system. Instead of dropping your recyclables on the curb, you'd put them in the machine, to be scanned, cleaned and broken down into the raw materials that companies buy to make new cans and bottles.

By |2024-02-24T13:37:37-05:00February 24, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Ruth Faison Shaw Is The Founding Mother Of Fingerpaint (Cool Weird Awesome 403)

Today is the birthday of Ruth Faison Shaw, an art teacher who spotted a kid smearing iodine on the school walls and saw a way kids could express themselves.

By |2024-03-05T07:49:55-05:00October 15, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Why Is It So Hard To Tell A Real Rembrandt Painting From A Copy? (Cool Weird Awesome 372)

Decades ago researchers announced a Rembrandt painting was not actually by Rembrandt at all. But on Sunday, researchers said they'd looked again and the painting probably was an actual Rembrandt. There are lots of challenges to verifying whether a Rembrandt is really his work or just a simulation.

By |2024-03-27T09:58:54-04:00September 2, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A New Device Can Tell When An Avocado Will Be Ripe (Cool Weird Awesome 347)

A team of engineering students at Harvard is teaming with a startup called Savormetrics to develop a device that can tell us when avocados will be ripe. It's one step on the way to solving the costly problem of food waste. Plus: a project in Belgium called #ArtGenetics is learning about the evolution of fruits and vegetables through classic paintings.

By |2021-03-20T09:42:38-04:00July 29, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The World Shuts Down, But “Art Doesn’t Stop” (Cool Weird Awesome 259)

Staff at a museum in Turin, Italy called Castello di Rivoli have been working marathon days to digitize their entire collection so that art lovers who can't see the pieces in person can still enjoy them online. Plus: volunteers at a thrift shop in North Carolina spot something unusual in a stack of paintings - a work by none other than Salvador Dali!

By |2021-12-23T07:38:33-05:00March 16, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Some Art Looks Great Even When Accidentally Hung Upside Down (Cool Weird Awesome 164)

A great painting can turn your world upside down, especially if the painting is also upside down.

By |2024-03-29T10:20:53-04:00November 5, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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