Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Engineering Innovation

The 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.

These features are now available as podcasts. Find out how to subscribe.

Your comments and ideas are welcome. Please share them with Randy Atkins at atkins@nae.edu.

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  • Aerospace 32
  • Chemical Engineering 42
  • Electronics/Computing/Internet 182
  • Energy 68
  • Environment 83
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 223
  • Infrastructure 31
  • Manufacturing and Systems 31
  • Materials 92
  • Mechanical Engineering 54
  • Practice of Engineering 58
  • Sound 18
  • Sports 27
  • Structures and Traffic 44
  • Transportation 23
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  • Origami Muscle
    Posted July 19, 2018

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    Robots could interact more closely humans, and have a gentler touch, if all their parts could be soft. So researchers are working to give them muscles.
  • Replacing Batteries
    Posted July 12, 2018

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    A new technique might soon allow you to stream High Definition video from a camera so small it could be attached to your glasses.
  • Saving Coral Reefs
    Posted July 5, 2018

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    Could coral reefs be saved by a pipeline? That’s the dream of an engineer with an innovative idea to address the effects of climate change.
  • Mannered Robots
    Posted June 29, 2018

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    There’s lots of talk about artificial intelligence. But can engineers take it even a step further…and teach manners to robots?
  • Dream Machine
    Posted June 22, 2018

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    Creative people like Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Salvador Dali have said great ideas often came to them as they fell asleep.
  • Smartphone to Microscope
    Posted June 14, 2018

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    Researchers have engineered a way to transform smartphone pictures to laboratory quality microscopic images.
  • Water From Air
    Posted June 7, 2018

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    A new solar-powered device might be able to get water from the air—almost any place on Earth.
  • Sperm Obstacle Course
    Posted May 30, 2018

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    About a third of infertility cases are due to issues related to sperm. A Maryland company is making a device that could help.
  • Making a Muscle
    Posted May 23, 2018

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    Engineers are making artificial muscles that could repair or replace damaged muscle in people, or be used in various other applications like robots.
  • Bleeding Model
    Posted May 18, 2018

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    Biomedical engineers have, for the first time, created a working blood vessel system for testing how to treat injury or disease in the lab.
  • Tornado Detector
    Posted May 11, 2018

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    This past week, researchers announced success detecting and predicting the path of a distant tornado…before it even formed.
  • Ultimate Liquid Repellent
    Posted May 4, 2018

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    Engineers have created a new coating that can make just about any liquid simply roll off. Could it truly be the end of red wine stains?
  • Stool to Tool
    Posted April 26, 2018

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    A team of students recently won a gold medal in an international contest for an innovation that could solve a messy problem for those planning trips to Mars.
  • Plastic Eater
    Posted April 20, 2018

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    Most man-made plastic isn’t biodegradable and it’s not as easily recycled as you might think. But nature may have given us a clue about how to fix the problem.
  • Tsunami Sensor
    Posted April 15, 2018

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    Most earthquakes happen under water. And, as we’ve seen in recent years, the potential for damaging tsunami waves are real. But monitoring the sea floor is a challenge.
  • Energy From Evaporation
    Posted April 8, 2018

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    LEDE: Researchers are working on a potential new renewable energy source…that could do double-duty, by conserving water too.
  • Stunt Engineering
    Posted March 25, 2018

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    He calls himself a “stunt scientist” and has created dramatic scenes for many Hollywood movies…but thinks his process can be more powerful for kids than the final product.
  • Fuel From Plants
    Posted March 25, 2018

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    A large jet burns about one gallon of fossil fuel every second. So engineers are looking toward renewable sources, including crops.
  • “Sonic Weapon” or Accident?
    Posted March 18, 2018

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    Investigators are exploring the possibility that a mysterious “sonic weapon” may have been used against U-S and Canadian diplomats in Cuba, who suffered a variety of symptoms. But there might be simpler explanation.
  • Eating Monitor
    Posted March 11, 2018

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    Developing healthy eating habits could get much easier with a new technology that tracks your chewing.