WTOP Radio Series Archive

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    Someday you might not need to worry about whether your medication is in stock…because it can be made on demand.
    Date: December 11, 2016

    Resource Added: December 9, 2016

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    The recent presidential campaigns focused a lot on improving our nation’s infrastructure, but hardly at all on climate change. The two issues may be more related than politicians think.
    Date: December 4, 2016

    Resource Added: December 2, 2016

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    Even the most sophisticated traffic signal timing systems only respond to local conditions, and might cause more harm than good on your drive home.
    Date: November 27, 2016

    Resource Added: November 21, 2016

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    Thanksgiving dinner could one day go high tech. A digital revolution in cooking might make even the worst cook's food perfect every time.
    Date: November 20, 2016

    Resource Added: November 18, 2016

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    Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries power things like our cell phones, laptops, and cars. But, as you’ve probably heard, sometimes they can literally explode.
    Date: November 13, 2016

    Resource Added: November 11, 2016

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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: November 6, 2016

    Resource Added: November 4, 2016

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    Your future flu shot could be as easy as swallowing a pill. One concept in development has a Halloween-like twist – the needles come out inside your body.
    Date: October 30, 2016

    Resource Added: October 28, 2016

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    A remake of the popular 1980s T-V show MacGyver is new on C-B-S this fall. Its creator says the show is about a hero whose superpower is his brain.
    Date: October 24, 2016

    Resource Added: October 20, 2016

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    It sounds like the premise of a Halloween story…a lab growing thousands of mini brains. But the new technique actually holds the promise of curing diseases.
    Date: October 16, 2016

    Resource Added: October 14, 2016

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    Sea levels are rising and there’s a growing realization that we may not stop it. So, around the world, engineers are considering how to adapt.
    Date: October 9, 2016

    Resource Added: September 30, 2016

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    The fear of hackers causing widespread power outages might be alleviated by innovations coming from Alaska.
    Date: September 25, 2016

    Resource Added: September 23, 2016

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    Does social media affect the happiness of its users? Recent findings suggest it does…and maybe not in a good way.
    Date: September 18, 2016

    Resource Added: September 16, 2016

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    Engineers have created a lightweight metal material that can be used as protection from bullets, crashes, and more.
    Date: September 11, 2016

    Resource Added: September 16, 2016

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    On Tuesday, ninety students will begin a first-of-its-kind program at Alexandria’s Edison High School….that focuses on preparing them for real global challenges.
    Date: September 4, 2016

    Resource Added: September 2, 2016

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    Researchers at the University of Maryland have discovered a never-before-seen type of fire…which is – at the same time – dangerous, beautiful, and potentially useful.
    Date: August 28, 2016

    Resource Added: August 26, 2016

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    Engineers are creating tiny nanoparticles…that they hope will have a big effect on acne.
    Date: August 21, 2016

    Resource Added: August 19, 2016

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    More than fifty organizations are urging the US presidential candidates to address issues seldom discussed in the debates.
    Date: August 10, 2016

    Resource Added: August 10, 2016

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    Last week, we told you how butterfly wing structure helps their flight. Engineers are also learning potentially useful aviation tricks from sharks.
    Date: August 7, 2016

    Resource Added: August 5, 2016

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    Monarch butterflies fly so efficiently that they are able to make incredibly long migrations. The secret may lie in the tiny structures that color their wings.
    Date: July 31, 2016

    Resource Added: July 29, 2016

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    Fingerprint sensors on smartphones are convenient, but they don’t always work and, worse, can be fooled.
    Date: July 24, 2016

    Resource Added: July 21, 2016

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