WTOP Radio Series Archive

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    Last week we heard about the first person in the U-S infected with bacteria resistant to even a last-resort antibiotic. It underscores the importance of new approaches to fighting bacterial infections…including the possibility of using viruses.
    Date: May 29, 2016

    Resource Added: May 27, 2016

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    Most animal tails are round, but a seahorse’s tail is square. Engineers want to know why…partly because it might be good for making things like robots.
    Date: May 22, 2016

    Resource Added: May 18, 2016

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    Nuclear fusion creates the energy that powers stars. If engineers could harness that power on Earth, we’d have virtually unlimited clean power. But it’s not easy.
    Date: May 15, 2016

    Resource Added: May 13, 2016

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    Fingerprints have been assumed be able to identify a particular person throughout life. But do they change over time?
    Date: May 8, 2016

    Resource Added: May 6, 2016

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    You’ve probably experienced missing portions of a conversation because you “zoned out.” Research now shows how part of your brain can fall asleep, even when you’re awake.
    Date: May 1, 2016

    Resource Added: April 29, 2016

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    Engineers have created a lightweight metal material that can be used as protection from bullets, crashes, and more.
    Date: April 24, 2016

    Resource Added: April 22, 2016

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    Someday you might not need to worry about whether your medication is in stock…because it can be made on demand.
    Date: April 15, 2016

    Resource Added: April 15, 2016

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    Anchor Lede: Well over a hundred million mobile phones are discarded every year in the U-S alone. What if the much of the electronics could be made of biodegradable wood? Randy Atkins: Computer chips are hard to recycle and made mostly of material that either doesn’t degrade or is ...
    Date: April 10, 2016

    Resource Added: April 9, 2016

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    In conjunction with the U-S-A Science and Engineering Expo, taking place in D-C April 16th and 17th, new findings will be announced on how to interest more girls in those careers.
    Date: April 2, 2016

    Resource Added: April 1, 2016

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    Researchers looking at conditions that make it ripe for spread of the feared Zika virus have mapped when and where the risk might be in the U.S.
    Date: March 20, 2016

    Resource Added: March 18, 2016

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    Does social media affect the happiness of its users? New findings suggest it does…and maybe not in a good way.
    Date: March 13, 2016

    Resource Added: March 11, 2016

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    Researchers have engineered a new chemical that stores solar heat, and releases it when needed. It could one day warm your clothes and de-ice your windshield.
    Date: March 6, 2016

    Resource Added: March 4, 2016

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    While tonight’s Oscars are putting a spotlight on racial diversity, some professions are also underrepresented in entertainment media.
    Date: February 28, 2016

    Resource Added: February 26, 2016

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    Brain trauma, from injury or disease, can cause people to forget things that happened only moments before. One engineer thinks he can help…by generating those memories through computer chips.
    Date: February 21, 2016

    Resource Added: February 19, 2016

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    Transistors are the basic building blocks of electronics. In other words, they make the modern world run. Problem is they leak a lot of energy.
    Date: February 14, 2016

    Resource Added: February 12, 2016

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    The staging for tonight’s halftime show needs to be fully set up in the middle of the football field in about seven minutes. And that’s just one of the challenges.
    Date: February 7, 2016

    Resource Added: February 3, 2016

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    There is broad scientific agreement that the best approach to prevent global warming, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels is to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
    Date: January 31, 2016

    Resource Added: January 29, 2016

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    Despite this weekend’s snow, 2015 was the warmest year since records have been kept…and ice at Earth’s poles are melting, raising fears of damaging sea level rise.
    Date: January 24, 2016

    Resource Added: January 21, 2016

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    Engineers have come up with a new way to deliver cancer-fighting medicines. They’re disguising them as red blood cells.
    Date: January 17, 2016

    Resource Added: January 14, 2016

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    Hackers may have caused a recent widespread power blackout in Ukraine. Such massive outages might be prevented by innovations coming from Alaska.
    Date: January 10, 2016

    Resource Added: January 8, 2016

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