11 12, 2019

Sometimes Towns Just Have To Build Statues To Invasive Pests (Cool Weird Awesome 190)

By |2019-12-11T06:37:57-05:00December 11th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Today marks one hundred years since the community of Enterprise, Alabama, put up a very special monument in the middle of town: a statue of a Greek woman holding a boll weevil, an invasive pest that had ruined the local cotton crop. Wait, what? Plus: meet the most destructive holiday force ever, Treezilla!

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!

30 09, 2019

Can We Get Mac and Cheese To Mars? (Cool Weird Awesome 138)

By |2019-09-30T07:08:01-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A mission to Mars would take years of travel - but today's space food doesn't last long enough. Scientists at Washington State University are working on a way to sterilize and pack food that can last 3-5 years, which is good for astronauts and for any of us who want to survive the zombie apocalypse. Plus: why a man in Vermont just put up a large wooden statue of a raised middle finger. 

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