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 33
  • Chemical Engineering 45
  • Electronics/Computing/Internet 195
  • Energy 70
  • Environment 97
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 239
  • Infrastructure 32
  • Manufacturing and Systems 34
  • Materials 97
  • Mechanical Engineering 56
  • Practice of Engineering 60
  • Sound 20
  • Sports 29
  • Structures and Traffic 44
  • Transportation 24
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  • Optimizing Online Shopping
    Posted November 6, 2019

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    Now that we’re past Halloween, maybe you’re thinking about holiday shopping. If you do it online and want to reduce your carbon footprint, it’s actually good to buy early!
  • Nose for Infection
    Posted November 1, 2019

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    Thanks to “man’s best friend,” researchers are making progress on developing an artificial nose that can “smell” the presence of bacterial infection.
  • Computer Creativity
    Posted October 25, 2019

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    Computers are getting so close to human-like activities that it’s becoming spooky. That’s the topic of a new book called The Creativity Code.
  • Wildfire Preventor
    Posted October 18, 2019

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    As Virginia warns of a potentially bad wildfire season and dangerous fires continue to burn in California, engineers are developing a new tool to stop wildfires in their tracks.
  • No Battery Camera
    Posted October 11, 2019

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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.
  • Smart Stethoscope
    Posted October 4, 2019

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    Diagnosing lung diseases ideally uses tools like chest X-rays and blood tests, but in low-resource communities the stethoscope is often the only tool.
  • Rebuilding Antarctica
    Posted September 29, 2019

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    Antarctica is melting faster than expected, so a U-N report released this week says, unless something is done, sea levels will likely rise higher by the end of this century than previous estimates. Some scientists say it may be time to think of radical solutions.
  • Fake News Sieve
    Posted September 22, 2019

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    While political views differ, democracy depends upon a basic agreement about facts. Can technology help people sort truth from trash in social media?
  • Football Gloves
    Posted September 11, 2019

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    It’s certainly not cold weather for today’s Redskins-Cowboys game, but you’ll probably see the receivers wearing gloves anyway.
  • Benefit of Hurricanes
    Posted September 4, 2019

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    Hurricanes like Dorian are locally devastating and likely more will come this season. But researchers say there is a silver lining to the storms.
  • Extreme Wind Turbines
    Posted August 22, 2019

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    Wind turbines are getting a redesign at the University of Virginia…inspired by the way palm trees withstand storms.
  • Geoengineering
    Posted August 14, 2019

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    It would be the largest engineering project ever. Researchers are considering ways to actively cool the planet in case global warming gets out of control.
  • Mars Life Support
    Posted August 8, 2019

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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.
  • Plastic Problem
    Posted August 1, 2019

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    Add another worry to the harmful effects of plastic litter – climate change.
  • Bio Wall
    Posted July 26, 2019

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    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.
  • Urban Climate Planning
    Posted July 19, 2019

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    While today’s temperature in D-C is extreme, cities around the world are generally getting warmer…not only because of a climate change, but because urban infrastructure creates and traps heat.
  • Souped-up Plants
    Posted July 12, 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.
  • Sniffing Out Email Scammers
    Posted July 3, 2019

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    E-mail scams are the number one global cybercrime, but a newly engineered search tool is now being deployed to reveal the crooks.
  • Plastic Waste Crisis
    Posted June 26, 2019

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    Last year, China imposed a ban on plastic waste being sent there for recycling. Engineers are assessing the impacts and working on remedies for dealing with all of our plastic trash.
  • Guided Medicine
    Posted June 21, 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.
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