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: , , , , , |

Musical Alarms Could Help Save Lives In Hospitals (Cool Weird Awesome 1199)

There's a phenomenon in hospitals called "alarm fatigue" that can actually cause problems for patients. An anesthesiologist and a music cognition researcher have teamed up to find alternatives to the jarring beeps.

By |2024-03-08T08:47:13-05:00March 8, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

An Urban Legend Says The Devil Took Over Everybody’s TV Screens In 1968 (Cool Weird Awesome 1075)

There’s an urban legend floating around the web that claims today in 1968, the television industry was briefly stopped in its tracks by the devil. We'll unpack this wild story.

By |2023-08-29T07:53:12-04:00August 29, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Sound Waves Could Help Keep High-Tech Batteries Going And Going And Going (Cool Weird Awesome 941)

Rechargeable batteries like the ones in our smartphones typically last a few years, but a new project out of Australia could lead to batteries that last nearly a decade. And that's thanks in part to sound waves.

By |2023-11-17T10:01:17-05:00February 2, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Stingrays Make Noise, And Now We Know What It Sounds Like (Cool Weird Awesome 830)

Scientists once thought stingrays were silent, but a recent recording project found out they make noise after all. Now they want to know why the rays make noises - and for who?

By |2022-08-18T10:41:02-04:00August 18, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Growing Bone Tissue With Sound Waves (Cool Weird Awesome 724)

Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology took stem cells and treated them with high-frequency sound waves, which was enough to convert them into bone cells.

By |2024-03-03T11:45:29-05:00March 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In Sweden In 1712, February Had 30 Days (Cool Weird Awesome 721)

Most years February is 28 days long. Every fourth year it has 29. But one time, in one country, for one year, there was a February 30th.

By |2024-02-06T08:52:30-05:00February 28, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Ora Nichols Took Radio Sound Effects To The Next Level (Cool Weird Awesome 595)

Today is National Radio Day, so it's a good day to talk about one of the legends of old-time radio: sound effects virtuoso Ora Nichols. Plus: researchers at The Ohio State University say they’ve found a weed commonly grown on farms that could help make a greener, more sustainable jet fuel, only its name isn't the most inspiring. 

By |2021-08-20T09:38:18-04:00August 20, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Guy Who Collected The “Sound Of Kmart’s Glory Days” (Cool Weird Awesome 486)

People like to collect all kinds of things, but Mark Davis had a collection that even he thought was a little unusual: cassettes containing the music and announcements that K-Mart stores used to play over their speaker systems, complete with announcements from "KMRT - K-Mart Radio." Plus: on National Pig Day, a story about a pig in the 70s who had an unusual job.

By |2024-03-01T08:53:51-05:00March 1, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Victor Lustig, The Con Artist Who Sold The Eiffel Tower (Cool Weird Awesome 451)

Today is (we think) the birthday of Victor Lustig, perhaps the most notorious scammer of all time. He swindled Al Capone once and "sold" the Eiffel Tower twice! Plus: if you need help relaxing these days, try the ambient soundscapes of Swiss artist Zimoun.

By |2024-01-29T10:43:52-05:00January 4, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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