Bioprinting Clothes (And More) Out Of Algae (Cool Weird Awesome 530)

A research team at the University of Rochester and the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has found a way to bioprint a strong, flexible and eco-friendly material that could one day serve as fabric for t-shirts, energy storage for space missions and much more. Plus: there's a world record for longest golf drive into a moving car... you knew that was a record, right?

By |2024-05-06T08:47:44-04:00May 6, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Jessica Anderson, A Record-Setting Marathon-Running Nurse (Cool Weird Awesome 524)

Today in 2019 a runner in the London Marathon set a world record, though it wasn’t recognized as such right away. Here's the story of Jessica Anderson, who was looking to break the world record for fastest marathon run in a nurse’s uniform. Plus: NoseID lets people scan their dogs' one-of-a-kind nose prints into their system, and if the dogs get away, someone else can scan their noses to figure out who they are and reunite them with their people.

By |2021-04-28T08:39:23-04:00April 28, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When A Raccoon Lived At The White House (Cool Weird Awesome 470)

Champ and Major are the new White House dogs, but there have been lots of pets at the president's house over the years, including Rebecca the raccoon, who definitely left her mark on the place during Calvin Coolidge's presidency.

What Do Video Game Playing Monkeys Have To Do With The Sunk Cost Fallacy? (Cool Weird Awesome 456)

The sunk-cost fallacy - when we keep at something even when it’s really not worth it anymore, just because we’ve already put so much time or effort in - is a part of human nature. But new research shows it's also a part of the nature of - this is the best part - video game playing monkeys. Plus: our first story on world records of 2021. Meet the world's largest spam musubi!

By |2024-01-11T06:07:29-05:00January 11, 2021|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.

By |2024-01-31T09:23:11-05:00December 1, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

There Used To Be A World Record For Auto Sales (Cool Weird Awesome 427)

This week marks two years since the end of a lawsuit over who had the world record in car sales! Not that we're short on stories these days about people disputing numbers. Plus: if you want a calmer story, how about this one about an artist who makes ornate sculptures from apples?

By |2023-11-25T10:54:26-05:00November 25, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Teachers Who Became World Class Screamers (But Not At Their Classes) (Cool Weird Awesome 400)

To mark our 400th episode, we have stories of some of the people who have set world records for screaming! Two of them are educators, though I don't think they practice on their students. Plus: scientists have figured out how to 3D print treats out of milk.

By |2022-02-24T18:41:43-05:00October 12, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Town Of Asbestos Is Looking For A Less Asbestos-ey Name (Cool Weird Awesome 384)

The community of Asbestos, Quebec has decided to rename itself. Now it's up to the residents to decide whether the town should be named Trois-Lacs, Apalone, Phénix or - wait for it - Jeffrey. Plus: on this National Cheeseburger Day, did you know there's an 1,800 pound burger on the menu at a place in Detroit?

By |2021-06-25T08:25:51-04:00September 18, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Put This Sensor On Your Food And See If It’s Safe To Eat (Cool Weird Awesome 383)

A sensor developed at MIT uses a set of microneedles to push through packaging and determine whether the food inside is safe to eat, which could prevent food waste and help head off outbreaks of salmonella. Plus: did you know China is apparently home to several thousand glass footbridges, where you can walk across and see what's underneath?

By |2021-02-04T10:32:41-05:00September 17, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Swimming Champion Who Became A Real-Life Superhero (Cool Weird Awesome 382)

44 years ago today, Shavarsh Karapetyan, a finswimming champion in Armenia did something extraordinary, saving at least 20 passengers who were trapped in a trolleybus that had gone into a lake. Has anybody done a biopic about this guy yet? Plus: meet Mieko Nagaoka, who in April 2015 became the first 100-year old swimmer to finish the 1,500 meter freestyle.

By |2023-11-10T17:50:21-05:00September 16, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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