WTOP Radio Series Archive

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    Engineers are creating tiny nanoparticles…that they hope will have a big effect on acne.
    Date: August 21, 2017

    Resource Added: August 19, 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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    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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    Slowing climate change may require reusing carbon dioxide waste. But how?
    Date: July 17, 2016

    Resource Added: November 26, 2015

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    The device is being tested in animals and could be ready for human trials in about a year.
    Date: July 10, 2016

    Resource Added: July 8, 2016

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    Sideline tests for a concussion – eyes following a finger, for example – can be more art than science. But a new Bethesda company is developing a test that may be more definitive.
    Date: July 3, 2016

    Resource Added: July 1, 2016

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    We use all of our senses to experience the real world, but sight and sound dominate in the digital realm. Now researchers are trying to bring in the sense of touch.
    Date: June 26, 2016

    Resource Added: June 24, 2016

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    Predictions say this year’s hurricane season could be more active than in recent years, but new research shows there could be a silver lining to the storms.
    Date: June 19, 2016

    Resource Added: June 10, 2016

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    You’re in an airplane exit row and asked whether you can remove the door if there’s an emergency. Most of us wouldn’t really know for sure. But soon a virtual reality tool might tell you…by simulating weight lifting.
    Date: June 4, 2016

    Resource Added: June 3, 2016

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    Last week we heard about the first person in the U-S infected with bacteria resistant to even a last-resort antibiotic. It underscores the importance of new approaches to fighting bacterial infections…including the possibility of using viruses.
    Date: May 29, 2016

    Resource Added: May 27, 2016

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    Most animal tails are round, but a seahorse’s tail is square. Engineers want to know why…partly because it might be good for making things like robots.
    Date: May 22, 2016

    Resource Added: May 18, 2016

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    Nuclear fusion creates the energy that powers stars. If engineers could harness that power on Earth, we’d have virtually unlimited clean power. But it’s not easy.
    Date: May 15, 2016

    Resource Added: May 13, 2016

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    Fingerprints have been assumed be able to identify a particular person throughout life. But do they change over time?
    Date: May 8, 2016

    Resource Added: May 6, 2016

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    You’ve probably experienced missing portions of a conversation because you “zoned out.” Research now shows how part of your brain can fall asleep, even when you’re awake.
    Date: May 1, 2016

    Resource Added: April 29, 2016

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    Engineers have created a lightweight metal material that can be used as protection from bullets, crashes, and more.
    Date: April 24, 2016

    Resource Added: April 22, 2016

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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: April 15, 2016

    Resource Added: April 15, 2016

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    Anchor Lede: Well over a hundred million mobile phones are discarded every year in the U-S alone. What if the much of the electronics could be made of biodegradable wood? Randy Atkins: Computer chips are hard to recycle and made mostly of material that either doesn’t degrade or is ...
    Date: April 10, 2016

    Resource Added: April 9, 2016

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