Cool Weird Awesome with Brady Carlson

Cool Weird Awesome with Brady Carlson

By Brady Carlson
Three minutes each weekday of cool facts, weird news and awesome discoveries with Brady Carlson. Back us at patreon.com/bradycarlson
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After The Moon Landing Came The Astronaut Quarantine
Today in 1969 was the first day off for the Apollo 11 astronauts in more than a month. Yes, they'd finished their moon landing weeks earlier, but they had to go into quarantine in case they'd picked up some "moon germs" that could lead to a plague on Earth. (Fortunately, they hadn't.) Plus: there's a new augmented reality tour of a church in Florence, Italy that was deconstructed in 1784.  Apollo 11 Astronauts Spent 3 Weeks in Quarantine, Just in Case of Moon Plague (Space.com) Digital resurrection (University of Cambridge) Make Cool Weird Awesome go viral in the good way, as a backer on Patreon
03:21
August 11, 2020
A City In New Zealand Has Its Own Wizard
There is at least one person in the world who's paid to be a wizard. The city of Christchurch, New Zealand, contracts with him to "provide acts of wizardry and other wizard-like-services as part of promotional work for the city of Christchurch." Plus: there's a museum exhibit in Switzerland featuring works of art that showcase imaginary or invented languages.  This New Zealand man gets paid $10,000 a year to be a city's official wizard (CNN) When Writing Has No Meaning (Hyperallergic) Become a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon and together we'll make magic
03:42
August 10, 2020
Alice Coachman Raised The Bar For Team USA
We don’t have the Olympic Games right now, but we can still mark a big Olympic moment that happened on this day in 1948: the day Alice Coachman became the first Black woman to win Olympic gold. Plus: a chocolate company and an engineer say they've redesigned the chocolate chip. Is it more efficient? I don't know, but I'll be happy to test it out.  The day Alice Coachman became the first black woman to win Olympic gold (The Undefeated) A Tesla engineer designed the perfect chocolate chip (Fast Company) Go for the gold as a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon!
03:19
August 7, 2020
Your Phone Can Tell You If That’s A Dangerous Spider Or Just The Regular Kind
There are parts of the world where some of the local spiders are very dangerous to humans. A new app called Critterpedia can scan your spider photos and tell you which spider is which. Plus: on National Root Beer Float Day, a root beer maker in Wisconsin is trying to set a world record for biggest root beer float drive-thru.  Australia just invented Shazam for spiders (CNet) Sprecher Aims To Set Record for World's Largest Root Beer Float Drive-Thru With Free Floats For All (Yahoo) Float on over to our Patreon page and support the show for just $1 a month!
03:17
August 6, 2020
Why You Can’t Use Pepsi Points To Get A Fighter Jet
On this day in 1999 a court rules in a case involving a guy who tried to use a huge number of points in a Pepsi reward program to buy a fighter jet, which the soda maker had jokingly offered in one of its ads. It didn't work, but still, an A for effort. Plus: there's a new uncuttable substance that might make for a great bike lock. When a Man Took a Joke in a Pepsi Ad Seriously, Chaos Ensued (Lit Hub) Proteus – new un-cuttable material promises to make bike thefts a thing of the past (Red Ferret Journal) We don't have jets, but we do have great rewards for our backers on Patreon
03:46
August 5, 2020
The Fabric With A Built-In Cooling System
Maybe everyone in junior high was right: the clothes you wear really can make you cool! At least if those clothes are the new fabric developed in China with a kind of cooling system embedded inside. Plus: it's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so let's find out about the largest chocolate chip cookie of all time.  New fabric could help keep you cool in the summer, even without A/C (Science Daily) Largest biscuit / cookie (Guinness World Records) Nobody's cooler than the Cool Weird Awesome backers on Patreon
03:19
August 4, 2020
Scientists Are Putting Little Cameras On Beetles
Researchers at the University of Washington call it a "GoPro for beetles" - a ultralight, wireless, steerable camera that can ride on the back of a bug. And it's pretty effective at letting us see what these bugs see. Plus: a new online chart tracks the vocal range of famous pop singers, by measuring the highest and lowest notes they ever sung on a recording. A GoPro for beetles: Researchers create a robotic camera backpack for insects (University of Washington) Vocal Ranges of the World's Greatest Singers (Bookofjoe) Hit the high notes as a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon! 
03:22
August 3, 2020
Every Six Months This Island Switches Countries
Change is in the air in the border region between Spain and France. A small island there called Pheasant Island is about to change countries, as it does twice a year. Plus: some enterprising race fans in Poland use construction cranes to help them get a good view of their favorite drivers even while physical distancing.  The island that switches countries every six months (BBC) Fans Rent Cranes to Watch Car Race from Outside Arena During Pandemic (Oddity Central) Start your weekend off right as a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon
03:33
July 31, 2020
That Time More Than 300 Nebraskans Moved A Barn By Hand
On this day in 1988, the Ostry family of Bruno, Nebraska got 328 people to lift a barn - a real, actual barn - and moved it 110 feet by hand. That's some impressive crowdsourcing. Plus: a guy invents a machine that can spot his face and lob M&Ms at it, which I'm pretty sure can win a guy a lot of friends.  Nebraska family looks back on barn moving event (WOWT) Guy Builds Machine That Shoots Chocolate into His Mouth on Command (Interesting Engineering) Backing Cool Weird Awesome on Patreon is a little bit like a barn raising, every little bit helps 
03:11
July 30, 2020
A New Device Can Tell When An Avocado Will Be Ripe
A team of engineering students at Harvard is teaming with a startup called Savormetrics to develop a device that can tell us when avocados will be ripe. It's one step on the way to solving the costly problem of food waste. Plus: a project in Belgium called #ArtGenetics is learning about the evolution of fruits and vegetables through classic paintings.  Forestalling food waste (Harvard) Old Paintings Reveal How Fruits and Vegetables Have Evolved Over the Centuries (VICE) Becoming a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon is delicious
03:09
July 29, 2020
Humans Have Their Fingerprints All Over The History Of Fingerprinting
Today is said to be the day in 1858 that a colonial magistrate in India began using fingerprints for identification. But that's just one part of the history of how and why our prints are such a valuable bit of biometric information today. Plus: a guy in Jamaica showed up to collect a big lottery prize in a Darth Vader costume, because why not?  How Fingerprinting Works (How Stuff Works) Jamaican Darth Vader claims $95 million lottery prize (Toronto Sun) Cool Weird Awesome's Patreon backers have their fingerprints all over this show
03:34
July 28, 2020
A Minor League Team Once Held A Game Without Fans As A Publicity Stunt
Most sports teams do promotions to get more fans into the games, but in 2002 the Charleston, S.C. RiverDogs held "Nobody Night," turning fans away at the gate to have an official attendance of zero. Plus: want to see a giant metal baseball? Drop by next time you're in Muscotah, Kansas.  RiverDogs' "Nobody Night" Promotion Recalled on Today's ESPN's "First Take" (MILB.com) Muscotah, Kansas: World's Largest Baseball (Roadside America) Knock it out of the park every day as a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon
03:37
July 27, 2020
Space Week: The Mars Lander Can Give Itself A Helping Hand
This week we're replaying some of our favorite outer space-themed episodes of the show. In this episode from March 2020, NASA fixes a problem with its Mars lander, essentially by telling  the lander to use a robotic arm to help itself – or, depending on the  headlines you read, to whack itself. Plus: a Wisconsin man finds a  clever way to share a beer with his neighbor in the era of social  distancing. NASA fixes Mars lander by hitting it with a shovel (CNN) NASA’s Mars InSight Lander to Push on Top of the ‘Mole’ (NASA) Social distancing the Wisconsin way: Richfield man shares a beer with his neighbor via RC car (Fox 6 Now) It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when you’re a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon!
03:37
July 24, 2020
Space Week: How Space Might Save The Whales
This week we're replaying some of our favorite outer space-themed episodes of the show. In this episode from October 2019, science brings whales and outer space together for the first time since the fourth Star Trek movie. The British Antarctic Survey partners with researchers in Chile on a way to protect whales via satellite. Plus: the story of a paraglider who manages to land smoothly  and carefully on a couch. Stranded whales detected from space (British Antarctic Survey) Parachute Landing On Couch (YouTube) Backing Cool Weird Awesome on Patreon is smooth
03:13
July 23, 2020
Space Week: If You’re Making Cookies In Space, Be Patient
This week we're replaying some of our favorite outer space-themed episodes of the show. In this episode from January 2020, we find out that astronauts on the International Space Station baked chocolate chip cookies, only baking cookies in space is a little different than baking them on Earth. Plus: a new device called the Exolung can keep air flowing for virtually as long as a diver likes. Space-baked cookies not chips off old block (The Columbian) The Exolung gives divers an ‘unlimited’ underwater air supply (Designboom) Backing Cool Weird Awesome on Patreon is sweet 
03:33
July 22, 2020
Space Week: How Do We Talk To Voyager 1 and 2 When They’re So Far Away?
This week we're replaying some of our favorite outer space-themed episodes of the show. In this episode from March 2020, we check out the ultimate in working remotely: sending directions beyond the reach of the sun! The way we send those commands to Voyagers 1 and 2 is pretty  basic, but with twists to make up for the extremely long distance.  Plus: ISS astronauts have been growing space veggies, and they’re pretty  good for us. How are the Voyager spacecraft able to transmit radio messages so far? (How Stuff Works) Voyager 2 Returns to Normal Operations (NASA) NASA’s Space Lettuce Is Safe And Nutritious, Paving Way For Crops On The Moon And Mars (Newsweek) Backing Cool Weird Awesome on Patreon is like taking a trip through the cosmos
03:36
July 21, 2020
Space Week: That Time Pink Floyd Jammed Out During The Moon Landing
This week we're replaying some of our favorite outer space-themed episodes of the show. In this episode from July 2019, we look back at when the BBC brought in Pink Floyd, the band known for playing space rock, to improvise on-air for its Apollo 11 coverage. Plus: it’s been 25 years since the time that  Pizza Hut produced an ad for UK television in which all the dialogue was in Klingon. My moon-landing jam session (The Guardian) 13 Minutes To The Moon (BBC) Watch this fantastic 1994 Pizza Hut TV commercial that’s entirely in Klingon (Boing Boing) And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes, see you on the Cool Weird Awesome Patreon page!
03:58
July 20, 2020
The “Vantafish” Is A Fish That Absorbs Light
Vantablack is a color that's so black it absorbs almost all of the light nearby. There's new research out about a "vantafish" that does almost the same thing to avoid its hungry bioluminescent neighbors. Plus: you've heard of drive-in theaters; Paris is going to have a "float-in" theater featuring "socially distanced boats" on the Seine.  Vantablack? Meh. Meet the Ultra-Black Vantafish (Wired) Floating Movie Theater With Socially Distant Boats Set for Paris (Interesting Engineering) Back the only podcast that can make a Spinal Tap reference AND a Rebecca Black reference in its first 30 seconds!
03:07
July 17, 2020
The County Fair That’s Moving To Minecraft This Year
While county and state fairs are canceled for 2020, the 4-H group In Morris County, New Jersey, has found a way to bring the fair experience online, as a virtual fair inside the game Minecraft. Plus: Iceland wants you to send them the sounds of you screaming about this frustrating year so they can play those screams on loudspeakers.  Welcome to the Morris County (Virtual) 4-H Fair! (Rutgers) Frustrated by lockdown? Iceland offers to release your screams over loudspeaker (Irish Examiner) Being a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon will make you scream with joy
03:50
July 16, 2020
Can Drones Help Make Bridges Safer?
The drone company Skydio has just announced a new 3D scanning software that’s intended for use on large-scale structures like bridges. That may help us deal with the tens of thousands of "structurally deficient" bridges in the US. Plus: ever seen a guy do a shredding guitar solo riding on a OneWheel skateboard?  Introducing Skydio 3D Scan™ (Skydio via YouTube) This guitar-playing skateboarder is warming hearts in pandemic-stricken Atlanta (CNN) You can make Cool Weird Awesome fly as a backer on Patreon!
03:19
July 15, 2020
The Speed Camera That Thought It Caught A Car Going 437 MPH
There was a story out of Italy where a driver got a ticket for driving 437 miles per hour. Since that's almost three times as fast as the car could legitimately go, it's believed to have been a malfunction of a local speed camera. Plus: the creations of cabinet maker Henk Verhoeff aren't malfunctioning, they're meant to be, as the artist put it, "broken and weird." Ancona: a Ford Focus caught at 703 km / h (due to the speed camera) (Autoappassionati) How do speed cameras work? (The Guardian) This Retired Cabinet Maker Goes Viral For Making Broken And Weird Furniture That Belongs In Disney Movies (Bored Panda) Speed on over to our Patreon site and join us as a backer!
03:29
July 14, 2020
Brooklyn Still Loves The Blackout Cake
Pastries come and go, but in Brooklyn, people still talk about the blackout cake from Ebinger's, a cake so beloved that when the bakery closed, people bought up cakes, kept them in their freezers and ate them only on special occasions. Plus: it's the birthday of Erno Rubik, so maybe someday visit the Rubik's Cube-themed hotel room in Houston, Texas.  Ebinger’s Blackout Cake is Gone But Not Forgotten (Edible Brooklyn) There’s A Rubik’s Cube Hotel In Texas And It’s The Definition Of Nostalgia (Only In Your State) It would be so sweet to have you as a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon
03:18
July 13, 2020
Humans Actually Do Perk Up Their Ears At Interesting Noises
Our entire show is based on the idea that we might say something interesting enough that it might get you to perk up your ears, figuratively speaking. Or, as a team at Saarland University has found, maybe not so figuratively speaking. Plus: a sculpture garden in Dublin, Ohio pays tribute to ears of a different kind.  Our animal inheritance: Humans perk up their ears, too, when they hear interesting sounds (Science Daily) Field of Giant Corn Cobs (Roadside America) Keep backing Cool Weird Awesome on Patreon and we'll keep giving you great shows to hear
03:29
July 10, 2020
Having Knee Problems? Try This Artificial Cartilage
Every year in the US there are some 600,000 knee replacement surgeries. But a team at Duke University might help some people avoid those surgeries with a hydrogel that can stand in for cartilage. Plus: engineers at NIKE develop a ball that can really soar.  From The Lab, The First Cartilage-Mimicking Gel That's Strong Enough For Knees (Duke University) NIKE's new flight ball promises a 'revolution in football aerodynamics'  (designboom) Help Cool Weird Awesome keep moving forward as a backer on Patreon!
03:12
July 9, 2020
In The 1980s, You Downloaded Video Games Off The Radio
Today we download video games online all the time. Back in the 1980s, gamers without the Internet (such as it was) had to buy or borrow their games. But a few could download programs off the radio. Plus: there's a comet headed Earth's way, and it might make for some great viewing this month, or 6,000 years from now. Either one.  You Could Download Video Games From the Radio in the 1980s (Interesting Engineering) Comet NEOWISE could give skywatchers a dazzling show this month. Here's what to know. (Space.com) Cool Weird Awesome backers on Patreon have exclusive downloads that only they can get! Not even the radio has them!
03:34
July 8, 2020
Satchel Paige Was So Good He Could Still Get Batters Out In His Late 50s
Today is believed to be the birthday of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, perhaps the most legendary pitcher baseball ever saw. Paige was a star for decades, and once pitched three scoreless innings in the major leagues at age 59. Plus: we'll visit the man who earned the world's first degree in ninja studies.  Fifty years ago, Satchel Paige pitched his last big-league game in KC ... at age 59 (Kansas City Star) Meet the Japanese man who holds the world's only master's degree in ninja studies (CNN) Joining Cool Weird Awesome's backers on Patreon is almost as fast as a Trouble Ball - almost. Nothing's as fast as a Trouble Ball. 
03:40
July 7, 2020
Kids In Nicaragua Created Their Own Sign Language
In the 1980s Deaf children in Nicaragua were sent to a new school that was supposed to help them learn finger spelling. Instead, they built up their own language, now known as Nicaraguan Sign Language. Plus: divers in Mexico find a cave that looked like it hadn't been visited before, only to find a link to civilization thousands of years ago.  The Amazing Story of Deaf Children in 1980s Nicaragua Inventing a Brand New Language (Twisted Sifter)  Canadian scuba diver in Mexico accidentally discovers vast, prehistoric industrial complex (National Post) Discover the joys of being of a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon
03:36
July 6, 2020
What Do You Call People In Each State?
Vivid Maps released a map of the U.S. by demonym, which is the term for a word that describes people from a certain place. Some are straightforward, but there are also plenty of surprises. Plus: you've heard of Four Corners, but did you know there's also a Tri-State Marker where you could stand in the states of Idaho, Wyoming and Utah all at once? Demonyms of the U.S. and Canada (Vivid Maps) My Fellow Americanians (New York Times) You Can Stand In Three Different States At Once Near The Town Of Montpelier, Idaho (Only In Your State) Declare your independence by joining us as a backer on Patreon! 
03:42
July 3, 2020
How The Baby-Sitters Club Became The Book Series All The 80s Kids Were Reading
Netflix is about to release a show based on The Baby-Sitters Club I used to re-shelve all the time at the public library where I worked. Here's the story of how the series came to life. Plus: if you could use a little beauty in your world right now, check out the photos of Trung Huy Pham, documenting Vietnam's annual water lily harvest.  Over 30 years ago, The Baby-Sitters Club made space for girls from all backgrounds (AV Club) ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Trailer: An Iconic Piece of ’90s Nostalgia Heads to Netflix (Indiewire) Vivid Photographs by Trung Huy Pham Capture Annual Water Lily Harvest in Vietnam (Colossal) Kristy's second great idea was to become a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon
03:39
July 2, 2020
Canada Was Almost Named “Borealia”
Today is Canada Day, marking the 1867 confederation of three provinces then known as Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. But Canada was only one name out of many that were suggested for the new country. Plus: this week got weird at several Canadian Tire stores, thanks to a computer glitch that made every item show up in the scanner as a Mr. Potato Head.  What Canada was ALMOST named (CBC Kids) Canadian Tire in Lindsay temporarily closed after every item scanned comes up as “Mr Potato Head” (Kawartha411) Join us as a backer on Patreon for just $1 a month! Or, if you like, just C$1 a month! 
03:35
July 1, 2020
The Smart Glove That Can Translate Sign Language Into Speech
A team at UCLA has built technology into a glove that can recognize the hand movements from American Sign Language and translate those movements into spoken English in real time through a smartphone app. This may even get me to put down the Nintendo Power Glove (for a while). Plus: scientists in Australia say they can modify cotton to make its own color, without not-so-eco-friendly chemical dyes.  Wearable-tech glove translates sign language into speech in real time (UCLA) CSIRO scientists discover how to grow coloured cotton, removing need for harmful chemical dyes (ABC.net.au) Add some color to your life as a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon
03:27
June 30, 2020
The San Diego Chicken Almost Moved To Atlanta
Back in 1978 the San Diego Chicken was winning huge numbers of fans - which is why Atlanta owner Ted Turner tried to coax the man inside the chicken suit, Ted Giannoulas, to move east. Plus: the Chicken is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but why is there also a San Diego Chicken head in the Gerald Ford Presidential Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan?  Profiles in Plumage: The San Diego Chicken (Society for American Baseball Research) A look back at the 'Grand Hatching' of the San Diego Chicken (ESPN) Found at the Presidential Libraries Dr. Seuss, Air Force One, and the San Diego Chicken (Prologue Magazine)  This show needs backers on Patreon like a sports team needs a chicken mascot. Join today!
03:39
June 29, 2020
The Big Muddy Monster Ran Wild In Murphysboro
On this day in 1973, a couple in Murphysboro, Illinois reported seeing a tall, hairy, extremely smelly creature that over time became known as The Big Muddy Monster. But what the heck was it? Plus: today is the anniversary of Elvis Presley's final concert. And yes, there's a historic marker on the site.  Chasing Monsters: Big Muddy Monster still has Murphysboro residents wondering (The Southern Illinoisian) Big Muddy Monster Case File (Murphysboro.com) The King’s Final Bow: Elvis’s Last Concert in Indianapolis (Indiana History Blog) Don't stand at the end of Lonely Street, join us as a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon!
03:32
June 26, 2020
The Woman Who Rode A Bike Around The World
It was on this day in 1894 that Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, aka Annie Londonderry, set off on a bike trip that, over the next fifteen months, would make her the first woman to ride a bike around the world. Plus: meet a contraption that can hit a home run about twice as far as the ones in the big leagues.  A Woman to Know: Annie Londonderry Cohen (A Woman To Know) First woman to cycle the globe begins journey  (Jewish Women's Archive) World's Longest Home Run (The "Mad Batter" Machine) (Smarter Every Day via YouTube) Ride along with Cool Weird Awesome as a backer on Patreon
03:57
June 25, 2020
The Longest Tennis Match Ever Started 10 Years Ago Today
Today at the 2010 Wimbledon tennis tournament was the first day of the longest professional tennis match ever played. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played for more than 11 hours over three days! Plus: since Wimbledon 2020 has been canceled, what are they doing with all those strawberries they usually sell?  Wimbledon 2010: John Isner beats Nicolas Mahut in epic (BBC) When Isner beat Mahut 70-68 in the fifth: Wimbledon's 11-hour epic defies belief, a decade on (Yahoo! Sports) Wimbledon strawberries preserved: Huge 750kg crop will be turned into jam after this year's tennis tournament is cancelled due to coronavirus (Daily Mail) 
03:32
June 24, 2020
Robots And Soap Bubbles Might Help Pollinate Crops
Bees are running into a lot of challenges lately, and while there are efforts to help the bees get their buzz back, scientists are testing out systems that might give us other ways to pollinate. One, at the Washington State University, involves cameras and robot hands - while another, in Japan, involves soap bubbles.  Robotic crop pollination awarded $1 million grant (Washington State University) Blowing bubbles: Soapy spheres pop pollen on fruit trees (BBC) Want to help something grow? Back Cool Weird Awesome on Patreon!
03:04
June 23, 2020
After World War I, The Allies Held Their Own Olympic-Style Games
This is about the time we were all supposed to be gearing up for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Since that's on hold, let's instead talk about the Inter-Allied Games, which began in Paris on this day in 1919. Plus: if you'd like some fierce sporting competition from this century, try out the American Hedgehog Bowling Association (and don't worry, the hedgehogs aren't bowled down the lanes).  WWI Soldiers Held their Own Olympics After the War (History.com) Two Little Hedgehogs Try to Knock Down as Many Pins as They Can in an Adorable Bowling Tournament (Laughing Squid) Backing Cool Weird Awesome will give you the thrill of victory, and never the agony of defeat
03:46
June 22, 2020
Five Statues And Six Pedestals That Tell The Story Of Juneteenth
One of the many special places you can mark Juneteenth is at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas, with an art installation that has five statues and six pedestals. Plus: the summer solstice is this weekend, and while crowds won't be on hand the usual way at Stonehenge, they can take in the whole event virtually. Juneteenth Memorial Monuments Find a Home (AustinTexas.gov) You Can Watch the Summer Solstice Live From Stonehenge This Year (Thrillist) Celebrate every day with us as a backer on Patreon
03:08
June 19, 2020
Meet “Roger Jr.,” The Electronic Voice Made For Roger Ebert
It's the birthday of Roger Ebert, a great film critic, TV host and author, and a pioneer in developing realistic-sounding electronic voices. Today we have the story of how he worked to create a voice called "Roger Jr." Plus: how about teaching the electronic voices to read some of Ebert’s hilariously devastating negative movie reviews? Remaking my voice (TED Talks) Roger Ebert's New Voice (CBS Sunday Morning)  Ebert's Most Hated (RogerEbert.com) Speak up as a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon
03:22
June 18, 2020
Video Games Are Now Medically Necessary
Video games are now as artistically and technically challenging as any other art form. But now they've really leveled up: the FDA has just approved a video game-based treatment for ADHD. Plus: a school librarian in western Virginia just found a clever way to get books to her students while schools and libraries are closed.  Children with ADHD can now be prescribed a video game, FDA says (CNN) Google-backed drones will drop library books so kids in Virginia can do their summer reading (Washington Post) Patreon b