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

Summary: 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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 31. Writing A Children's Book, The Importance of Parents' Engagement, Education Consulting | Stephanie Ryan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:57

Hey cool listeners! We are back with another interview, and this time I am joined by Stephanie Ryan, the author of Let’s Learn about Chemistry. This book "makes it easy to introduce children to the basic fundamentals that form the foundation of chemistry — no science degree required. If you’ve ever wanted to start young readers off on a lifelong love of STEM, Let’s Learn About Chemistry is a great first step."   Stephanie and I discuss a variety of things in this episode of the podcast. First, what does writing a children's book even entail? I learned that there is something called a developmental editor who is crucial to this process. Stephaine will explain in this episode what the role is for this specific editor.   Second, how important it is for parents to be involved in their child's learning process and how her book may get not just get the kid interested in science. We discuss how science class is taught as a subject that just lists off facts but never talks about the process of figuring out the "how" and "why". Stephanie thinks that that way of teaching science is changing, and more kids are learning the importance behind what they are learning.    Finally, we discuss what Stephanie does on a day to day basis as an education consultant. She explains the critical thinking required to develop "phenomenons" that teachers/schools can utilize to better teach their students about science.    Find out more about Stephanie and her book from her website: www.letslearnaboutscience.com/ Interested in purchasing Let's Learn About Chemistry: ITASCA books (Use to support a small business) Amazon (FYI, This link is Stephanie's Amazon affiliate link)   --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Review The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Join the Community: thatscoolnews.com/community Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Email for the giveaway: adam@thatscoolnews.com Listen to the news episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews Recording Equipment: Below is the equipment I use to record the podcast. I should note, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Microphone: RE320 Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2 Mic Stand: NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Stand Shock Mount: Koolertron Universal Shock Mount

 30. Water on the Moon, Online Book Rival Of Amazon, A New iPhone Button | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:39

Recorded on Nov. 6th 2020 Cool STEM News: Scientists Say This New Rice-Cooking Hack Removes Arsenic But Keeps The Nutrients | Science Alert (02:05) Apple added a secret button to your iPhone, and you may not have even noticed | The Verge (06:30) Daycares in Finland Built a 'Forest Floor', And It Changed Children's Immune Systems | Science Alert (09:52) NASA confirms there is water on the moon that astronauts could use | New Scientist (13:42) GPS and water don't mix. So scientists have found a new way to navigate under the sea | ZDNet (19:43) 'This is revolutionary’: new online bookshop unites indies to rival Amazon | The Guardian (23:59) --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Review The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Join the Community: thatscoolnews.com/community Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Email for giveaway: adam@thatscoolnews.com Listen to the news episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews Recording Equipment: Below is the equipment I use to record the podcast, I should note, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Microphone: RE320 Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2 Mic Stand: NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Stand Shock Mount: Koolertron Universal Shock Mount

 29. Science Communications, Studying Plant Biology, Importance of Mentors | Notes By Niba | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:48

Hey cool listeners! We are back with another interview, and this time I am joined by Niba from Notes By Niba. She is building a brand (YouTube & Instagram) that centers around creating & sharing notes related to plant science in cosmetics and skincare.    We talk about her background, and what led her down the road of Science Communications. What exactly is Science Communications? Niba answers that with the basic understanding that it is at its core good storytelling. This leads her into discussing her start with Instagram and YouTube video, which transitions to an insightful message about creating things that give you energy and not follow what other people are doing just because it seems like the thing to do.    We get into what led her to Plant Biology, why she loves it and did she always have this love towards plants or did it grow with time. Niba dropped plenty of plant knowledge on me that blew my mind. You'll have to listen to the episode to find out what that was.    I enjoyed this conversation, and there is so much more that we get into The important role of mentors, new perspectives in science, genetic engineering just to name a few. I think you will enjoy this episode! Notes By Niba Links: Website: https://www.notesbyniba.org Instagram: @NotesByNiba YouTube: NotesByNiba --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Review The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Join the Community: thatscoolnews.com/community Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Email for giveaway: adam@thatscoolnews.com Listen to the news episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews Recording Equipment: Below is the equipment I use to record the podcast, I should note, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Microphone: RE320 Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2 Mic Stand: NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Stand Shock Mount: Koolertron Universal Shock Mount

 28. AR for a Car Windshield, Osiris-Rex Sample Collection, Is your Math Ability Genetic? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:43

Recorded on Oct. 23rd 2020 That's Cool: Augmented Reality Is Coming -- to Your Car's Windshield | Digital Trends (1:53) Multiple sclerosis and the microbiome: Study suggests complex relationship | New Atlas (7:57) Excess lipids in nerve cells may trigger Parkinson's disease | Medical News Today (12:55) Forget 5G: MagSafe could be the biggest reason to buy an iPhone 12 | The Verge (16:37) First NASA Osiris-Rex images show incredible touchdown on asteroid Bennu | CNET (19:52) Scientists investigate what percentage of math ability is genetic | Inverse (23:24) --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Rate The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Join the Community: thatscoolnews.com/community Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Email for giveaway: adam@thatscoolnews.com Listen to the news episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews Recording Equipment: Below is the equipment I use to record the podcast, I should note, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Microphone: RE320 Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2 Mic Stand: NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Stand Shock Mount: Koolertron Universal Shock Mount

 27. NASA’s new Rover & Toilet, Discoveries for the Human Body, Thoughts on Big-Tech Censorship | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:25

Recorded on Oct. 16th 2020 That's Cool News: Apple imagines a foldable iPhone with a ‘self-healing’ display - The Verge (2:15) 2 CHEMICALS MAY SHAPE HUMAN PERCEPTION MORE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT — STUDY - Inverse (5:40) NASA Just Sent a New $23 Million Space Toilet to the International Space Station - Smithsonian (11:20) Scientists make an astonishing discovery about how men develop - Inverse (14:41) NASA Shows Off Transforming Rover for Exploring Steep Cliffs on Mars - Futurism (18:42) New evidence links age-related cognitive decline & the gut microbiome - New Atlas (21:52) Not Cool News: Twitter & Facebook censorship Thoughts (28:10) --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Rate The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Join the Community: thatscoolnews.com/community Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Email for giveaway: adam@thatscoolnews.com Listen to the news episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews Recording Equipment: Below is the equipment I use to record the podcast, I should note, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Microphone: RE320 Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2 Mic Stand: NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Stand Shock Mount: Koolertron Universal Shock Mount

 26. Physics Educator on YouTube, System Engineer Consulting, Working at a Nuclear Fusion Reactor | Rebecca Fitch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:17

Hey to all you cool listeners! In this episode, I bring to you Rebecca Fitch, aka Bexy, a YouTuber who is using her channel to educate viewers about the world of Physics. Her whole goal is to take Physics and STEM learning topics that some would find daunting and explain them in a way that is easy to digest and understand.   This hour-long conversation started with getting to know Bexy and understanding how she ended up majoring in physics. She has an incredible story explaining how she switched from a business track to physics. She put in a lot of hard work to make that switch even work, and I think most people would have given up if put in that position.  This transitions into more learning/teaching topics: the teaching environment nowadays, the daunting nature of majoring in STEM, learning about the schooling system across the pond, etc.  We then discuss what Bexy does in the industry. She is a System Engineer Consultant, and she explains what is system engineering, and what does it entail for someone with a Physics degree. Additionally, because I can't help it, I asked about what type of projects she has consulted on, and what were her favorites. That lead to us discussing her over year-long work on a Nuclear Fusion Reactor! Wow! We discussed so much more during this chat, and I am looking forward to everyone listening to the episode because you'll get a lot of value out of it.  Find Bexy here: Instagram: @ScienceWithBexy  YouTube Channel: Science With Bexy --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Rate The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Join the Community: thatscoolnews.com/community Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Email for giveaway: adam@thatscoolnews.com or thatscoolnews@gmail.com Listen to the news episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews Recording Equipment: Below is the equipment I use to record the podcast, I should note, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Microphone: RE320 Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2 Mic Stand: NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Stand Shock Mount: Koolertron Universal Shock Mount

 25. NASA’s $28 Billion Plan, 3 Discovered Lakes on Mars, Subway’s Sugar Bread | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:49

Recorded on October 3rd 2020 That’s Cool: Metal wires of carbon complete toolbox for carbon-based computers - News Berkley (1:38) NASA lays out $28 billion plan to return astronauts to the moon in 2024 - SpaceFlight Now (7:38) Water on Mars: discovery of three buried lakes intrigues scientists - Nature.com (14:38) ZeroAvia Completes Test Flight Of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Passenger Airplane - cleantechnica.com (19:01) CHEOPS mission discovers one of the most extreme planets ever - Inverse (23:57) Two molecular handshakes for hearing - News OSU (30:42) Not Cool: Irish Court Says Subway Bread Is Too Sugary to Be Called 'Bread' - FoodandWine.com (38:21) Cool Product: New Exosuit Against Muscle Fatigue is Set to Change Work Habits - Interesting Engineering (41:04) --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Rate The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Join The Cool Community: thatscoolnews.com/community Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Listen to the news episodes (Every Monday) by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews Recording Equipment: Below is the equipment I use to record the podcast, I should note, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Microphone: RE320 Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2 Mic Stand: NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Stand Shock Mount: Koolertron Universal Shock Mount

 24. Secret New Fighter Jet, 3D-Printing Inside the Body, ‘Trojan Horse’ Cancer Treatment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:19

Recorded on September 27, 2020 That’s Cool:  Air Force New Fighter Jet: Secret 6th Generation Fighter Details (1:39) Pandemic accelerated cord cutting, making 2020 the worst-ever year for pay TV (5:52) Microsoft purchases Bethesda Softworks in industry-changing acquisition (8:14) NASA Makes Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough: State of Nuclear Fusion (10:33) 3-D Printing inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers (15:28) Scientists devise 'Trojan horse' approach to kill cancer cells without using drugs (19:50) That’s Not Cool: Feds charge 6 people with bribing Amazon employees to gain edge on marketplace (26:02) Cool Product: Tesla announces "tabless" battery cells that will improve range of its electric cars (28:38) --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Rate The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Join The Cool Community: thatscoolnews.com/community Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Listen to the news episodes (Every Monday) by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews Recording Equipment: Below is the equipment I use to record the podcast, I should note, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Microphone: RE320 Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2 Mic Stand: NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Stand Shock Mount: Koolertron Universal Shock Mount

 23. Restoring Vision to The Blind, Life on Venus?, Boston Dynamic’s Future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:57

Recorded on Sept 20th 2020 That’s Cool: Life on Venus? Breakthrough Initiatives funds study of possible biosignature detection Boston Dynamics CEO talks profitability and the company’s next robots Gene-edited "super dad" animals could help solve world hunger — study Researchers ready world-first vision restoration device for human clinical trials These 120,000-year-old footprints offer early evidence for humans in Arabia That’s Not Cool Teen 'Blasts Away' Parts of Retina by Staring Into a Pet's Laser Pointer Cool Product: A Flat Fisheye Camera Lens - Engineering Development | IE --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Rate The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Listen to the news episodes (Every Monday) by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out other Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews

 22. Mutated Mighty Mice, Plug and Play Brain Prosthetic, Interactive Bluetooth Paper | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:44

Recorded Sept. 13th 2020 That’s Cool: First 'plug and play' brain prosthesis demoed in paralyzed person Researchers develop molecule to store solar energy NASA's New “Metallic Glass” Gears Can Withstand Impact, Freezing Temperatures During Lunar Missions To survive frigid nights, hummingbirds cool themselves to record-low temperatures Genetically Engineered Beefcake Mice Retain Their Muscle Mass in Space That’s Not Cool: High Blood Pressure And Diabetes Could Alter Brain Structure, Slowing Down Cognition Cool Product: Engineers Have Figured Out How to Make Interactive Paper --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Rate The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Listen to the news episodes (Every Monday) by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out other Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews

 21. Osprey: Utilizing mmWaves to Sense Vehicle Tire Wear and Tear | Akarsh Prabhakara | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:11

This episode I sit down with one of the engineers behind the development of Osprey a "A mmWave Approach to Tire Wear Sensing", Akarsh Prabhakara. He is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests broadly lie in wireless systems.  What is Osprey? Here is a brief description from Akarsh's website (linked below), "Tire wear affects safety and performance of automobiles. Past solutions are either inaccurate, requires sensors embedded in tires or are prone to road debris. Osprey proposes a sensor system design based on automotive mmWave radars and designs algorithms to measure tire wear while overcoming challenges related to road debris. In addition, the principles used also open up solutions for detecting and localizing harmful metallic foreign objects in the tire." What can you expect from the Interview? Sit back and learn from Akarsh. He is filled with knowledge about mmWave sensing and I felt like I was taking a master class in it. He will provide you with the design & practical reasons why he & his team went with mmWave Sensing. Additionally, what is next in the mmWave sensing field. Finally, we touch on a more personal note, as to what he likes to do in his free time when he is not researching and developing. It was a great interview and I'm sure everyone will get value out of this episode.  Akarsh Recommended Links: His web page: https://akarsh-prabhakara.github.io/projects/osprey/ Wireless Sensing and Embedded Systems Lab: https://wise.ece.cmu.edu/ Laboratory for Emerging Wireless Technologies: https://www.witechlab.com/   --more-- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Rate The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Listen to the news episodes (Every Monday) by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out other Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews  

 20. NuScale’s small nuclear reactor, Honeybee Venom kill breast cancer, Effect of Social Isolation During Childhood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:51

That’s Cool: Elon Musk: SpaceX starting on 'Super Heavy' booster for Starship rocket bound for Mars Amazon wins FAA approval for Prime Air drone delivery fleet NuScale’s small nuclear reactor is first to get US safety approval Venom from honeybees found to kill aggressive breast cancer cells Industrial waste can turn planet-warming carbon dioxide into stone That’s Not Cool: Researchers discover a specific brain circuit damaged by social isolation during childhood: Study in mice shows long-lasting effects and points the way to potential treatments Cool Product: New Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Uses Augmented Reality to Race Inside Your Home —-more—- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Rate The Podcast: thatscoolnews.com/review Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Listen to more news episodes (Every Monday) by going to thatscoolnews.com/news And check out the Interview episodes by going to thatscoolnews.com/interviews

 19. Artificial Photosynthesis, Self-Powered Wildfire Detectors, Japan’s Manned “Flying Car” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:42

Recorded on Aug. 30th 2020 That’s Cool: Artificial Photosynthesis Advance: Standalone Device Converts Sunlight, CO2 and Water Into Clean Fuel -  How a designer used AI and Photoshop to bring ancient Roman emperors back to life It's Official: Africa Has Just Been Declared Free of Wild Poliovirus Self-powered wildfire detector could help prevent deadly blazes Researchers at University College London Set a New World Record for Fastest Internet Japan's 'flying car' gets off ground, with a person aboard A Ball of Bacteria Survived for 3 Years ... in Space! Updates: Created a Facebook Group account that I would love people to join. Want to build community, and I want people to provide me with cool Science & Tech news that is going on in your world that I could have missed. Join community by going to: ThatsCoolNews.com/community New Email to reach me for any cool news I missed or feedback on the show: adam@thatscoolnews.com ----more---- Follow/Support The Podcast: Website: thatscoolnews.com/ Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Facebook: That's Cool News Group Twitter: @Thats_Cool_News    

 18. Pentagon UFO Task Force, Anti-Solar Panels, AI Beats a Human Fighter Pilot | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:31

Recorded on Aug 23, 2020 That’s Cool: Google Maps is getting a lot more detail NASA Is Tracking a Vast, Growing Anomaly in Earth's Magnetic Field Pentagon announces UFO task force This 'Anti-Solar Panel' Could One Day Produce Energy Even at Night Transparent solar panels for windows hit record 8% efficiency Scientists slow and steer light with resonant nanoantennas That’s Not Cool: AI Claims "Flawless Victory" Going Undefeated In Digital Dogfight With Human Fighter Pilot ----more---- Follow/Support The Podcast: Instagram: @ThatsCoolNews Facebook: That's Cool News Group Twitter: @Thats_Cool_News Website: thatscoolnews.podbean.com/

 17. Starlink’s Beta Test, A 3D-Printed House, Nano-Tech Turning Bricks into Batteries | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:09

Recorded on Aug. 16, 2020 That’s Cool Europe's largest 3D-printer just made its first two-story house Michigan Seeking to Develop a 40-Mile Autonomous Roadway of the Future Nanotechnology Turns House Bricks Into Batteries Paving Way to Becoming Literal Powerhouses in the Future Your hair can crack steel when it hits the right spot Astronomers spy a Milky Way–like galaxy in very early universe  SpaceX Starlink speeds revealed as beta users get downloads of 11 to 60Mbps Cool Product This odor eliminator uses NASA-inspired technology  

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