WTOP Radio Series Archive

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    Well over a hundred million mobile phones are discarded every year in the US alone. What if the much of the electronics could be made of biodegradable wood?
    Date: August 23, 2015

    Resource Added: August 21, 2015

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    Want to stop counting and calculating calories on food labels? Soon there might be a way to simply measure them on your plate.
    Date: August 16, 2015

    Resource Added: August 14, 2015

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    A book called “The Martian” has gone from self-published on the web, to bestseller, to upcoming major motion picture. And it’s being praised for its technical accuracy.
    Date: August 9, 2015

    Resource Added: August 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: August 2, 2015

    Resource Added: March 17, 2015

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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: July 26, 2015

    Resource Added: July 24, 2015

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    Fingerprints have been assumed be able to identify a particular person throughout life. But do they change over time?
    Date: July 19, 2015

    Resource Added: July 15, 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: July 12, 2015

    Resource Added: July 10, 2015

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    Cities are getting warmer…not only because of a potential global warming, but because urban infrastructure creates and traps heat.
    Date: July 5, 2015

    Resource Added: July 2, 2015

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    If you’ve spent time outside in the Sun this summer, you might want have a doctor check your skin for abnormalities. Engineers are working on a device that could help.
    Date: June 28, 2015

    Resource Added: June 26, 2015

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    Anchor Lede: A recently launched project is aimed at putting more consistency in healthcare. Randy Atkins: Combining math and medicine, Georgia Tech engineer Eva Lee , is analyzing the details in medical records to understand why… Eva Lee: …two patients may have the same ...
    Date: June 21, 2015

    Resource Added: June 19, 2015

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    We think of our homes and buildings as static shelters. But what if such structures could move and even do tasks like clean the air?
    Date: June 14, 2015

    Resource Added: June 12, 2015

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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: June 7, 2015

    Resource Added: December 14, 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: May 31, 2015

    Resource Added: May 29, 2015

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    You hate to see the real thing at the beach…but, if a Virginia Tech engineer has his way, swarms of robotic jellyfish might one day keep watch over the oceans.
    Date: May 24, 2015

    Resource Added: May 22, 2015

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    You probably haven’t thought that the typical chair needs reinventing, but that’s one of many projects at a unique non-profit focused on smart urban structures.
    Date: May 17, 2015

    Resource Added: May 15, 2015

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    Cities are getting warmer…not only because of a potential global warming, but because urban infrastructure creates and traps heat.
    Date: May 10, 2015

    Resource Added: May 8, 2015

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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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