Absorbing An Oil Spill With Cork And Lasers (Cool Weird Awesome 1229)

On today's show we’re uncorking a new method to treat oil spills with cork and lasers, an unexpected and potentially greener combination.

By |2024-04-25T07:53:36-04:00April 25, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Glowing Orbs In The Netherlands Could Light The Way Toward Clean Water (Cool Weird Awesome 1219)

There’s a new way to find out whether fresh water is actually fresh and clean: a set of glowing orbs in the Netherlands called POND.

By |2024-04-11T08:04:47-04:00April 11, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Legendary Physicists Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard Once Teamed Up To Design A Refrigerator (Cool Weird Awesome 1203)

For Alfred Einstein's birthday, the story of how he and fellow prominent physicist Leo Szilard co-designed a unique kind of refrigerator in the 1920s.

By |2024-03-14T08:10:36-04:00March 14, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Here’s A Tiny Fish That Can Make Sounds As Loud As A Jet Engine (Cool Weird Awesome 1202)

Danionella cerebrum is a completely transparent fish that's only 10-12 millimeters long. And researchers have just figured out how it can produce sounds that reach 140 dB or higher.

By |2024-03-13T07:38:59-04:00March 13, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Snowflake Bentley Showed The World Just How Amazing Snow Can Be (Cool Weird Awesome 1184)

Today in 1865, the birthday of Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, who gave the world a close-up view of the beauty and variety in snowflakes.

By |2024-02-09T08:45:08-05:00February 9, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How Google Street View Could Help Stop Invasive Weeds (Cool Weird Awesome 1146)

A project out of the University of California - Davis uses images from a very well known navigation system to help slow the spread of invasive species.

Groups Of Chimpanzees Spy On Each Other (Cool Weird Awesome 1131)

New research finds groups of chimpanzees spy on each other, carrying out recon missions to either avoid other groups or to try to encroach on their territory when it's safe to do so.

By |2023-11-22T08:43:28-05:00November 22, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

How “Hello” Became The English Language’s Way Of Saying Hello (Cool Weird Awesome 1130)

Today is World Hello Day, so we explain how and when English speakers started using the word "hello" to say hello.

By |2023-11-22T07:56:22-05:00November 21, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Listening To A Symphony Can Actually Sync Up The Audiences’ Heart Rates (Cool Weird Awesome 1117)

When we say "music can bring us together," we usually mean it bridges divides and builds communities. But a new study finds that, biologically speaking, music really can bring people together.

By |2023-10-26T09:35:14-04:00October 26, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

“Mr. Tornado” Ted Fujita Was The Original Severe Weather Detective (Cool Weird Awesome 1114)

Today in 1920, the birthday of Ted Fujita, a pioneer in meteorology who was so revered by colleagues he became known as “Mr. Tornado.”

By |2023-10-23T08:56:30-04:00October 23, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |
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