WTOP Radio Series Archive

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    Say you have an appliance with a cord that just won’t reach the electrical outlet. A developing technology could allow the cord to stretch or, if cut, even heal itself.
    Date: May 3, 2015

    Resource Added: May 1, 2015

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    It seems strange, but researchers have now shown that the heat in any material can be manipulated by magnets.
    Date: April 26, 2015

    Resource Added: April 24, 2015

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    There’s a new weapon in the fight against ovarian cancer…math.
    Date: April 19, 2015

    Resource Added: April 17, 2015

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    Getting around on public transit can be convenient and cheap, but also confusing.
    Date: April 12, 2015

    Resource Added: April 10, 2015

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    Engineers are creating tiny nanoparticles that they hope will have a big effect on acne.
    Date: April 5, 2015

    Resource Added: April 3, 2015

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    Most devices are made of parts with set structures, precisely designed for their function. But new materials are being engineered to be more versatile.
    Date: March 29, 2015

    Resource Added: March 27, 2015

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    This weekend, some of the nation’s most talented young scientists and engineers are headed to Washington.
    Date: March 22, 2015

    Resource Added: March 20, 2015

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    We use all of our senses to experience the real world, but sight and sound dominate in the digital realm. Now researchers are trying to bring in the sense of touch.
    Date: March 13, 2015

    Resource Added: March 17, 2015

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    The government agency tasked with seemingly impossible technical projects – DARPA – is engineering a way to understand extremely complex systems…like climate, economics, and disease.
    Date: March 8, 2015

    Resource Added: March 6, 2015

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    With all the stories about cyber-crime, are you terrified to click on email attachments or links? A Fairfax company says its new technology can delete the fear.
    Date: February 22, 2015

    Resource Added: February 20, 2015

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    You’ve probably been in an office where the temperature setting’s way too cold…or on an overheating plane stuck on the tarmac. Enter the personal thermostat.
    Date: February 13, 2015

    Resource Added: February 13, 2015

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    Virginia Tech’s new engineering building is equipped with more than two-hundred vibration sensors, likely a record. They can reveal more than you might think.
    Date: February 8, 2015

    Resource Added: February 6, 2015

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    You’ve probably heard that keeping a smart phone by your bedside can interrupt sleep, but there may soon be an upside to that habit.
    Date: February 1, 2015

    Resource Added: January 30, 2015

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    In a nuclear accident or attack, first responders can be exposed to high levels of radioactive material. Heavy shielding has been impractical, but a new device could save their lives.
    Date: January 25, 2015

    Resource Added: January 23, 2015

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    Researchers are in the early stages of engineering artificial cells that go through basic biological functions.
    Date: January 18, 2015

    Resource Added: January 15, 2015

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    In this cold weather, the last thing you want is for your house to leak heat. A new technology can pinpoint problems in houses as it passes through a neighborhood.
    Date: January 11, 2015

    Resource Added: January 9, 2015

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    Printing 3-D objects is becoming more commonplace…and now researchers are trying to use such techniques to make working biological organs. But there’s a catch.
    Date: January 2, 2015

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    We simultaneously celebrate as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day. Now bacteria are being engineered to do something similar.
    Date: December 28, 2014

    Resource Added: December 22, 2014

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    Those responding to an infectious disease outbreak like Ebola might one day be protected by specially engineered red blood cells.
    Date: December 21, 2014

    Resource Added: December 16, 2014

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    Even the most sophisticated traffic signal timing systems only respond to local conditions. But now researchers are beginning to look at whole cities.
    Date: December 14, 2014

    Resource Added: December 14, 2014

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