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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    You feel awful. But are you sick with a virus or bacteria? Knowing is critical for treatment, but doctors often have to just make their best guess.
    Date: August 31, 2014

    Resource Added: August 29, 2014

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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: August 24, 2014

    Resource Added: December 13, 2013

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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: August 17, 2014

    Resource Added: August 14, 2014

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    In a summer course focused on Grand Challenges for Engineering, students have created a device that turns litter into lumber.
    Date: August 10, 2014

    Resource Added: August 8, 2014

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    While the Silver Line Metrorail has people re-thinking the way they get from place to place, so could a new online map of DC.
    Date: August 3, 2014

    Resource Added: July 31, 2014

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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: July 27, 2014

    Resource Added: July 24, 2014

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    Those responding to an Ebola outbreak in Africa…or a terrorist anthrax attack in D-C…might one day be protected by specially engineered red blood cells.
    Date: July 20, 2014

    Resource Added: July 18, 2014

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    Future search and rescue missions amid rubble in the aftermath of disasters like a tornado might benefit from a common summertime picnic spoiler – ants.
    Date: July 13, 2014

    Resource Added: July 11, 2014

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    As another hurricane season revs up, a Baltimore engineer is working on a system to let electric companies predict where power would go out before the storm strikes.
    Date: July 6, 2014

    Resource Added: July 3, 2014

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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: June 29, 2014

    Resource Added: June 26, 2014

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    Insects use tiny hairs to help them climb smooth walls. The gecko lizard does the same thing, with a lot more weight…and its trick might one day allow you to, say, temporarily stick a T-V on your wall for a World Cup watching party.
    Date: June 22, 2014

    Resource Added: June 20, 2014

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    The biggest problem for the global warming issue may be that we don’t talk about it enough.
    Date: June 15, 2014

    Resource Added: June 13, 2014

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    Since we don’t directly pay the bills, most of us don’t give much thought to energy consumption in our offices. But soon you might have a daily conversation about it…with the building itself.
    Date: June 8, 2014

    Resource Added: June 5, 2014

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    A team of at-risk Kansas City high school students just launched a California road trip in a car they converted from gasoline to electric power.
    Date: June 1, 2014

    Resource Added: May 30, 2014

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    Last week, President Obama hosted the Super Bowl champions at the White House. On Tuesday, he’s invited student science fair champions.
    Date: May 25, 2014

    Resource Added: May 23, 2014

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    Just this year, a series of major reports have warned that climate change is happening and that we are already feeling damaging effects. So why aren’t more people paying attention?
    Date: May 18, 2014

    Resource Added: May 16, 2014

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    Streams are the life blood of wetlands and woodlands. As we increasingly urbanize and develop near these areas, how should we lessen the impacts on nature?
    Date: May 11, 2014

    Resource Added: May 9, 2014

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    Heavy rains, like we’ve had recently, run off hard surfaces in urban areas causing erosion and pollution in nearby streams that ultimately connect with the Chesapeake Bay.
    Date: May 4, 2014

    Resource Added: May 2, 2014

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    He starred in a popular T-V show about “dirty jobs.” So what’s Mike Rowe doing in D-C at this weekend’s U-S-A Science and Engineering Festival?
    Date: April 27, 2014

    Resource Added: April 23, 2014

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    Next weekend, at the U-S-A Science and Engineering Expo here in D-C, you can meet a paralyzed woman who will demonstrate how she can now walk with the help of a new technology.
    Date: April 20, 2014

    Resource Added: April 17, 2014

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