The People Of 1921 Had A Good Feeling About 2021 (Cool Weird Awesome 457)

I certainly did not expect 2021 to be what it is, but what did people back in the day predict our world would be like now? Entrepreneur Magazine looked back at predictions from a hundred years ago, and some of them were surprisingly close to the mark. Plus: Robert "Buz" Chmielewski, who's had only limited feeling and movement in his hands and fingers for 30 years, is using special gear and the power of his mind to control prosthetics and serve himself dessert.

2021-01-12T08:46:42-05:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Robot Car That Can Walk As Well As It Drives (Cool Weird Awesome 432)

Hyundai is now working to develop what it calls "ultimate mobility vehicles." When they encounter rough terrain the wheels can't pass through, these cars will be able to stand up on robotic legs and walk through. Plus: a guy on TikTok is winning fans with his four-wheel-drive off-road lawn mower.

2020-12-02T08:07:27-05:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Eco-Friendly Latex Could Keep A Lot of Gloves Out of Landfills (Cool Weird Awesome 431)

We use hundreds of billions of latex gloves a year, for a lot of important reasons. Scientists at Cranfield University in the UK are developing an eco-friendly latex glove that uses less energy to produce and will biodegrade in weeks rather than centuries. Plus: today in 1997, Kenny G set a world record for longest single note played on a saxophone.

2020-12-01T08:16:13-05:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In The Future, Roadside Assistance Could Come From Robots (Cool Weird Awesome 423)

Robot roadside assistance? Toyota has applied for a patent for a system where self-driving drones could pull up to vehicles and give them some gas - or, if it runs on electricity, give it a charge. Plus: when you need to get a donor organ from one part of Italy to another, what do you do? Turn to a Lamborghini, of course.

2020-11-19T08:14:22-05:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Robot That Can Help People Put In Their Contact Lenses (Cool Weird Awesome 416)

An inventor in Florida has invented a robot that can put contact lenses in human eyes safety and effectively. This could be a big help to people with neurological disorders or tremors who might not otherwise be able to put those lenses in themselves. Plus: meet an online fluid simulator that's like watching really trippy ripples in a groovy pond.

2020-11-10T08:36:24-05:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

From Food Waste To Compost In 48 Hours (Cool Weird Awesome 408)

Composting can turn some of our food waste back into useful stuff, but it can take a while. A new device out of Germany aims to cut the time it takes to go from food waste to compost to just 48 hours. Plus: on this National Cat Day, we salute the very tiny but impressive Cat Museum in Krakow, Poland.

2020-10-29T07:53:55-04:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Now We Have Nano-Refrigerators (Cool Weird Awesome 387)

UCLA scientists have made little thermoelectric coolers that are only 100 nanometers wide, so small the eye can't see them on its own. They're not quite refrigerators yet, but if you have little sodas or bags of grapes, maybe reach out anyway. Plus: on the International Day of Sign Languages, we celebrate the amazing world of sign language interpreters at heavy metal concerts.

2020-09-23T07:49:12-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Very First Computer Bug Was An Actual Bug (Cool Weird Awesome 377)

On this day in 1947, a team working on a computer at Harvard University discovered the first computer bug: a moth that had gotten trapped in the electronics. Plus: today in 2005, a guy writes to Major League Baseball to get that expressed written consent they always talk about to rebroadcast or retransmit a game.

2020-09-09T07:33:13-04:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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