WTOP Radio Series Archive

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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

    Resource Added: 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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    What makes our food taste good? Chemistry is, perhaps, an obvious answer. But you probably didn’t think about mechanics.
    Date: December 7, 2014

    Resource Added: November 21, 2014

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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: November 30, 2014

    Resource Added: November 26, 2014

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    You’ve seen games – like Microsoft’s Kinect – controlled using hand gestures. A similar idea might soon allow you to type on very small personal devices.
    Date: November 16, 2014

    Resource Added: November 14, 2014

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    Do you and your dog understand each other? Chances are, the communication’s not perfect…but a new technology might help.
    Date: November 9, 2014

    Resource Added: November 7, 2014

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    Astronauts of the future could get a style upgrade, in a skin-tight suit that would allow better mobility. And it might have benefits here on Earth too.
    Date: November 2, 2014

    Resource Added: October 30, 2014

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    Halloween is every day at a medical center where doctors are using the latest virtual reality technology to scare people, on the way to curing them.
    Date: October 26, 2014

    Resource Added: October 24, 2014

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    We don’t think twice about boarding a plane for a long auto-piloted flight. But when you’re under anesthesia, for no matter how long, it’s manually controlled.
    Date: October 19, 2014

    Resource Added: October 17, 2014

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    No one likes injections. So the thought of getting them inside your body – by swallowing a pill with tiny needles – doesn’t, at first, sound appealing.
    Date: October 12, 2014

    Resource Added: October 10, 2014

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    A new mathematical model can assess the growth rate of an Ebola outbreak as it happens.
    Date: October 5, 2014

    Resource Added: October 3, 2014

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    Last week we reported on a team of researchers developing software for a virtual brain. It can be used for science and medicine…but, it turns out, also for art.
    Date: September 28, 2014

    Resource Added: September 25, 2014

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    An international team of scientists and engineers are developing new software aimed at mimicking an individual person’s brain.
    Date: September 21, 2014

    Resource Added: September 19, 2014

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    Quickly confirming cases of Ebola is critical to stopping outbreaks, but test equipment is bulky and expensive…and getting results takes hours at best.
    Date: September 14, 2014

    Resource Added: September 12, 2014

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