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: , , , , , , |

People In Ancient China Built Ceramic Water Pipes Thousands Of Years Ago (Cool Weird Awesome 1076)

There’s new research about a very complex water system built in China around four thousand years ago. And this very complex system was apparently built in a very uncommon way.

By |2023-08-30T08:26:28-04:00August 30, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

This Worm-Shaped Pipe-Clearing Robot Could Be The Fatberg Fighter We Need (Cool Weird Awesome 738)

There really is a robot now called the Pipe-Worm. It's built to unclog pipes, and it does it by mimicking earthworms.

By |2024-03-22T08:48:27-04:00March 22, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Charles Oldrieve, The Man Who Walked On Water (Cool Weird Awesome 714)

Today in 1907, Charles Oldrieve finished walking from Cincinnati to New Orleans. The catch? He walked the whole way on special shoes that let him float in water.

By |2024-04-15T09:55:06-04:00February 10, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Want To Save Water? Put Solar Panels Over Canals (Cool Weird Awesome 558)

Summer in California can mean drought, so every drop of water counts. A research project there says putting solar panels over the state's many miles of water canals could save tens of billions of gallons of water a year. Plus: a museum in Rochester, New York is going to host the National Archives of Game Show History... if the price is right. 

By |2021-06-16T10:03:57-04:00June 16, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Waterways Could Get Extra Clean After They’re Cleaned By These Drones (Cool Weird Awesome 512)

A device in Denmark, WasteShark, has been roaming through water to scoop up floating debris. Now it's going to have a flying companion drone to help spot waste and maybe even clean up oil spills. Plus: photographer Nancy Floyd has been taking self-portraits and other images, structured the same way, day after day since 1982, to show the passage of time. Talk about playing the long game. 

By |2024-01-12T09:49:30-05:00April 5, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Here’s What Else Could Have Been Built Where The Eiffel Tower Now Stands (Cool Weird Awesome 509)

Today in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was dedicated and opened, but it was only one of hundreds of ideas for what should be built there. And some of the other proposed designs were wild. Plus: a new device would be able to extract water from the air wherever the user already is.

By |2024-03-31T09:31:23-04:00March 31, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Get Hydrated By Eating These Water-Filled Treats (Cool Weird Awesome 253)

Dehydration can be a big problem for patients with dementia or Alzheimers. Jelly Drops are colorful, edible treat pods full of water that may be able to help these individuals stay hydrated.

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

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!

By |2023-11-26T10:56:06-05:00November 26, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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