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 34
  • Chemical Engineering 45
  • Electronics/Computing/Internet 200
  • Energy 72
  • Environment 105
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 247
  • Infrastructure 32
  • Manufacturing and Systems 34
  • Materials 97
  • Mechanical Engineering 56
  • Practice of Engineering 60
  • Sound 20
  • Sports 29
  • Structures and Traffic 45
  • Transportation 24
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  • Smart Stethoscope
    Posted April 3, 2020

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    Diagnosing lung diseases ideally uses tools like chest X-rays and blood tests, but in times when the healthcare system is stressed the stethoscope may be the only tool.
  • Smartphone Drug Delivery
    Posted March 26, 2020

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    Brain implants can treat diseases ranging from Parkinson’s to depression, but patients must generally be tethered to machines. The key to a new solution might be in your pocket.
  • Mars Life Support
    Posted March 19, 2020

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    Mars has a harsh environment. So, in anticipation of human travel there, engineers are working on ways to make parts of the planet more hospitable for life.
  • Computer Game Attacks Coronavirus
    Posted March 13, 2020

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    If you want to help researchers fighting the coronavirus, even while you’re hunkering down at home, we’ve got a video game for you!
  • Potomac Treasure Part 2
    Posted March 6, 2020

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    Thirty years ago, a bacteria from the Potomac River was found to produce its own tiny wires that conduct electricity. Just last month, an even more surprising discovery was announced.
  • Potomac Treasure Part 1
    Posted February 28, 2020

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    More than thirty years ago, a new type of bacteria was discovered in the mud of the Potomac River. Now it could provide a key to producing clean energy.
  • Replacing Batteries
    Posted February 21, 2020

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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.
  • Public Carbon Capture
    Posted February 14, 2020

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    The National Science Foundation recently announced finalists of a public competition for bold ideas to guide their long-term planning. One of the Grand Prize winners wants to get us all involved in tackling climate change.
  • Biodegradable Medical Device
    Posted February 9, 2020

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    Engineers have created the first medical device that simply dissolves in the body after its job is done.
  • Tracking Coronavirus
    Posted January 31, 2020

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    The current coronavirus outbreak is being tracked using technologies that monitor news and social media, in the hope of identifying hotspots and predicting its spread.
  • Heart Cap
    Posted January 23, 2020

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    Engineers are working on a removable heart pump that might one day let patients with end stage heart failure not only survive longer, but recover.
  • Art Framing Climate Issues
    Posted January 17, 2020

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    A growing number of artists are creating works that pull people into thinking more about climate change…and the pros and cons of possible solutions.
  • Extreme Wind Turbines
    Posted January 12, 2020

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    Wind turbines are getting a redesign at the University of Virginia…inspired by the way palm trees withstand storms.
  • Souped-up Plants
    Posted December 27, 2019

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    Nature’s plants take in carbon dioxide and use it to grow. But they can’t keep up with the amount of C-O-2 that we pump into the air by burning fossil fuels.
  • Permafrost Peril
    Posted December 19, 2019

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    As the federal government’s recently-released 2019 Arctic Report Card says…it’s not just melting ocean ice we need to worry about as our planet warms, but also massive amounts of Earth’s permafrost.
  • Bio Wall
    Posted December 12, 2019

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    Especially now that it’s cold, most of us spend the large majority of our time indoors…where the air is often more polluted than outdoors. Now one engineer wants to incorporate some nature into the workings of our homes.
  • Smartphone Drug Delivery
    Posted December 4, 2019

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    Brain implants can treat diseases ranging from Parkinson’s to depression, but patients must generally be tethered to machines. The key to a new solution might be in your pocket.
  • Guided Medicine
    Posted November 29, 2019

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    Side effects from treatments like chemotherapy might one day be dramatically reduced by a new method that delivers drugs only to a specific target.
  • Auto Hack
    Posted November 21, 2019

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    As you drive to your Thanksgiving destination, think about this: Today’s cars are basically computers on wheels, and are becoming more and more connected to the internet. So what if a particular brand got hacked?
  • Spotting Methane Leaks
    Posted November 14, 2019

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    We mostly talk about carbon dioxide as the culprit of climate change. But methane is actually about a hundred times more powerful as a greenhouse gas.
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