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Bringing you the positive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) news every Monday and explains why these new futuristic innovations are meaningful. The goal is to leave you feeling optimistic and say "That's Cool!"

That‘s Cool News | A weekly breakdown of positive Science & Tech news‪.‬ Adam Buckingham

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 20 Ratings

Bringing you the positive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) news every Monday and explains why these new futuristic innovations are meaningful. The goal is to leave you feeling optimistic and say "That's Cool!"

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    The End Of The Podcast

    Yes it is true. Listen to this episode to gain more understanding as to why I (Adam) am ending the podcast and where I am feeling called to.
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    • 6 min
    176. Saving Data on Glass, Minimal Brain Implant, Removing Pollutants can be Shocking

    176. Saving Data on Glass, Minimal Brain Implant, Removing Pollutants can be Shocking

    Headlines:
    Microsoft's Project Silica saves data on glass plates for 10,000 years | PCWorld (00:58)
    Blue Origin’s New Spacecraft Can Build Projects in Space | PCMag (06:37)
    Superficial Brain Implant Could Have a Deep Impact | IEEE Spectrum (10:07)
    Scientists unveil 'atlas' of the gut microbiome | Live Science (17:19)
    HET tech shocks soil on location to remove pollutants | New Atlas (23:43)

    • 29 min
    175. Major Bionic Hand Test, Curing Deafness Trial, Ultrasound Improving Chemo

    175. Major Bionic Hand Test, Curing Deafness Trial, Ultrasound Improving Chemo

    Headlines:
    Woman's Experimental Bionic Hand Passes Major Test With Flying Colors | Gizmodo (01:10)
    Raytheon to build new detonation engine for DARPA missiles | Interesting engineering (09:18)
    First-ever gene therapy trial to cure form of deafness begins | Ars Technica  (14:25)
    This AI tool can predict virus mutations before they occur | Interesting Engineering (18:39)
    Focused ultrasound turns chemo from shotgun blast to sniper shot | New Atlas (23:29)

    • 31 min
    174. Standing/Climbing Wheelchair, 3D Printing Brain Repair, Speeding Up Starlink with Space Lasers

    174. Standing/Climbing Wheelchair, 3D Printing Brain Repair, Speeding Up Starlink with Space Lasers

    Headlines:
    Special wheelchair gets users standing and climbing stairs | New Atlas (01:56)
    Desalination system could produce freshwater that is cheaper than tap water | MIT News (08:27)
    New 3D printing approach offers hope for brain injury repair | Interesting Engineering (15:42)
    Amazon Prepares to Challenge SpaceX’s Starlink With Maiden Satellite Launch | Gizmodo (22:26)
    Starlink launches V2 mini-satellites with 'space lasers' | Interesting Engineering (26:29)

    • 32 min
    173. Drug Mimicking Exercise, Microsoft Goes Nuclear for AI, Earbud Detecting Alzheimer’s

    173. Drug Mimicking Exercise, Microsoft Goes Nuclear for AI, Earbud Detecting Alzheimer’s

    Headlines:
    Scientists Intrigued by Drug That Mimics the Effects of Exercise in Mice | Futurism (01:02)
    Powerful new EV charger starts field tests in Arizona this weekend | Ars Technica (07:02) 
    Microsoft is going nuclear to power its AI ambitions | The Verge (14:52)
    Japan pharma startup developing world-first drug to grow new teeth | Japan Times (23:24)
    High-tech earbud may detect Alzheimer's far earlier than ever before | New Atlas (27:56)

    • 33 min
    172. Neuralink Human Trials, Cancer Spotting AI-Microscopes, Low Power Desalination Tech

    172. Neuralink Human Trials, Cancer Spotting AI-Microscopes, Low Power Desalination Tech

    Headlines:
    Neuralink is recruiting subjects for the first human trial of its brain-computer interface | The Verge (00:54)
    RoboFab is ready to build 10,000 humanoid robots per year | TechCrunch (09:26)
    Google and the Department of Defense are building an AI-powered microscope to help doctors spot cancer | CNBC (15:58)
    Europa’s underground ocean seems to have the carbon necessary for life | New Scientist (20:50)
    Low-power desalination tech may provide drinking water at disaster sites | New Atlas (24:20)
     

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

quoxtops ,

Wonderful

This podcast is such a gift-I recently discovered it and listen to it as I get ready in the mornings, and it really affects my mood and outlook for the better. Learning about all the ways that the world is innovating, and therefore getting better, makes me a better human in all domains of my life. Thanks, Adam, for putting this out there and shining a light on all the things that are going right. :)

___tariqb94 ,

Cool STEM news but uninformed on some topics

Love that this podcast it looking to spread positivity in the news cycle by focusing on stories to be celebrated. I think we often take STEM advances for granted and it’s lovely that the host takes this on.

I’ve noticed sometimes the host shared uninformed commentary on certain items including climate and environmental topics.

For example, in the most recent episode (August 2023), he warns against putting too much renewables on the grid without an adequate amount of battery storage. He fails to acknowledge that holistic grid resiliency is a macro system characteristic and not something specific to individual generation sources like a wind or solar plant. In discussing load balancing he fails to acknowledge the role of energy storage systems that are not chemical battery compositions, demand response, or peaker plant flexibility. He even spread fear of energy system failures and unscientifically associated this with renewable energy, as if no other energy source or technology is prone to challenges. He ultimately failed to acknowledge the fundamental driver of renewable energy’s value, mitigating GHG emissions to combat climate change.

Like any most news sources, it’s worth listening to with a grain of salt.

sonlightfoot ,

Not news; a blog

Re: artificial meat advancements—I eat meat, too, but your conspiracy theories on what environmental harm will happen if we (you) stop eating meat, aren’t interesting or newsworthy.

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