WTOP Radio Series Archive

description for WTOP logoThe National Academy of Engineering works with the Washington, D.C. region's most listened-to radio station — the all-news format WTOP Radio — and the nation's only radio station specifically dedicated to covering news related to the federal government — WFED 1500 AM — to provide weekly features highlighting engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news.

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    The nation’s largest celebration of science and engineering will take place here in D-C at the end of the month.
    Date: April 13, 2014

    Resource Added: April 11, 2014

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    They are dreaded words on the outside of a box: “Assembly Required.” But it might not be long before products assemble themselves.
    Date: April 6, 2014

    Resource Added: April 4, 2014

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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: March 30, 2014

    Resource Added: March 27, 2014

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    How do you tell a nail-biter story with a plot that hinges on one of the most complex ideas in science? The director of a movie that opened in D-C this weekend thinks he’s got the answer.
    Date: March 23, 2014

    Resource Added: March 20, 2014

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    The movie “Particle Fever”, opening in D-C on Friday, takes you on the quest to discover an elusive sub-atomic particle theorized to be the key to how everything in the universe formed.
    Date: March 16, 2014

    Resource Added: March 15, 2014

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    A technology used by NASA to keep spacecraft running and the Mars rover rolling, might generate renewable energy here on Earth.
    Date: March 9, 2014

    Resource Added: March 7, 2014

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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: March 2, 2014

    Resource Added: February 27, 2014

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    Researchers are engineering ways to control individual cells in our nervous system, and the potential applications are mind-boggling.
    Date: February 23, 2014

    Resource Added: June 21, 2013

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    A recently graduated engineering student is creating a new musical instrument...that, well, looks like the instrument is missing.
    Date: February 16, 2014

    Resource Added: February 14, 2014

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    At some schools, your college student can now take a program specifically designed with the goal of changing the world.
    Date: February 9, 2014

    Resource Added: February 7, 2014

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    You’ve probably 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: February 2, 2014

    Resource Added: January 31, 2014

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    One day, people at public gatherings could be screened for weapons, like guns or explosive devices, without going through a detector or even knowing they’re being checked.
    Date: January 26, 2014

    Resource Added: January 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: January 19, 2014

    Resource Added: January 17, 2014

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    3-D printers are becoming more common, but usually produce simple solid objects. Now, though, engineers are printing out human ears -- that may hear better than the real thing.
    Date: January 12, 2014

    Resource Added: January 9, 2014

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    Robots might be a key to our future. Not necessarily the robots themselves, but the ideas they’re helping to generate in future innovators.
    Date: January 5, 2014

    Resource Added: January 3, 2014

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    The intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital is launching a new system that could be a step toward revolutionizing health care delivery.
    Date: December 29, 2013

    Resource Added: December 27, 2013

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    Are you one of those non-believers who think it’s impossible for Santa to make all those deliveries in a single night? Well then maybe you didn’t consider that Santa might be an clever engineer.
    Date: December 22, 2013

    Resource Added: December 20, 2013

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    Kidney failure is on the rise in the U-S. More than a hundred-thousand people are waiting for transplants. For those who receive one, rejection is a problem. A solution might be…grow your own.
    Date: December 15, 2013

    Resource Added: December 13, 2013

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    Glare from headlight beams bouncing off precipitation and back into a driver’s eyes can drastically reduce visibility. But a new technique can make rain and snow practically invisible.
    Date: December 8, 2013

    Resource Added: December 6, 2013

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    There are nutritious plants that grow wild in areas of the world where people are hungry and malnourished. The problem is they don’t taste good.
    Date: December 1, 2013

    Resource Added: November 27, 2013

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