11 06, 2020

Earth Might Have Been Purple Back In The Day (Cool Weird Awesome 318)

By |2020-06-11T08:21:02-04:00June 11th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Our planet is sometimes called the big blue marble, but Professor Shiladitya DasSarma of the University of Maryland-Baltimore has a hypothesis that suggests if you look way back in time, Earth may have once been bright purple. Plus: meet a guitar with LEDs built into its body that can flash in time with the music.

27 05, 2020

Bees Doing It For Themselves (Cool Weird Awesome 307)

By |2020-05-27T08:15:06-04:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

There are lots of human efforts to help bees out, but there’s also some new research out that says bees help themselves by taking steps to get plants to flower earlier than usual. Plus: a man in Canada ordered hair cream in 2012, and it just arrived this month. Patience is a virtue!

21 02, 2020

Do Chocolates Taste Better With The Right Music? (Cool Weird Awesome 243)

By |2020-02-21T09:49:38-05:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Washington State University has a Sensory Science Lab that tests all the ways we encounter what we eat and how that can affect how we think it tastes. Now they’re testing whether different kinds of music can affect how we think about chocolate. Plus: this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, there’s a chance to go out on a bar crawl that’s like none other.

28 01, 2020

Here’s A Tiny Particle That Spins Faster Than Anything That’s Ever Spun (Cool Weird Awesome 225)

By |2020-01-28T09:00:19-05:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Researchers at Purdue University have managed to spin a very tiny object at the ungodly rate of 300 billion revolutions per minute - and it's powered only by light. Plus: Google Maps allows users to rate and review rivers, lakes and anywhere else that people want to go. So what's the best-reviewed river Earth has to offer?

24 01, 2020

Scientists Can Make Diamonds Out Of Peanut Butter (Cool Weird Awesome 223)

By |2020-01-19T14:34:13-05:00January 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

On National Peanut Butter Day, a reminder that peanut butter is so versatile it can be turned into diamonds. It actually takes more time to explain why you can turn peanut butter into diamonds than to explain how. Plus: this weekend in McCall, Idaho, the Idaho State Snow Sculpting Championships are taking place.

26 11, 2019

To Save Water, Sometimes LESS Is More (Cool Weird Awesome 179)

By |2019-11-26T05:35:19-05:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Researchers at Penn State University have created liquid-entrenched smooth surface, or LESS. Why? To coat our toilets. Why? So stuff can't stick to them. Why? To save water, which we use by the tens of billions of gallons each day just to re-flush that stuck stuff. Why? Because life is unfair sometimes. Plus: Twitter minus words, videos, pictures and links is a pretty amazing thing, judging by the project called Emoji Storm!

21 11, 2019

Pigs Are On A Mission To Save Hazelnuts (Cool Weird Awesome 176)

By |2019-11-21T06:08:10-05:00November 21st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The nefarious filbertworm is trying to infest our hazelnut supply! Researchers at the University of Oregon think the solution might lie with pigs. Plus: the Ebo is a little ball-shaped robot that will play with your cat when you're not home.

28 10, 2019

When You’re Tracking Migrating Eagles, Always Get Extra Roaming Data (Cool Weird Awesome 158)

By |2019-10-28T09:12:09-04:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

A project in Russia tracks the movements of steppe eagles through trackers that can send text messages back to research HQ about their whereabouts. There's one problem: the eagles have been crossing into other countries and their trackers are using roaming data!

9 09, 2019

Whatever’s In Loch Ness Isn’t What’s In The Famous Loch Ness Monster Photo (Cool Weird Awesome 123)

By |2019-09-09T08:53:41-04:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Researchers may have finally solved the long-running mystery of what the Loch Ness Monster is. What Nessie is not is the thing that is in the picture you’ll most likely see when you search for “Loch Ness Monster” on the internet.

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