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 188
  • Energy 69
  • Environment 87
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 228
  • Infrastructure 32
  • Manufacturing and Systems 32
  • Materials 92
  • Mechanical Engineering 55
  • Practice of Engineering 58
  • Sound 20
  • Sports 28
  • Structures and Traffic 44
  • Transportation 24
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  • Tornado Detector
    Posted March 13, 2019

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    Lede:  This month’s devastating tornado in Alabama was an awful reminder that lives could be saved if only we could get earlier warnings about the path of such twisters. Randy Atkins: Hours before tornados really start swirling, they can emit infrasound…frequencies below what ...
  • Auto Hack
    Posted March 8, 2019

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    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?
  • Nose for Infections
    Posted March 1, 2019

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    This week, at a meeting of the American Physical Society, researchers will announce progress on developing an artificial nose that can “smell” the presence of bacterial infection.
  • Geoengineering
    Posted February 22, 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.
  • Shot in the Gut
    Posted February 13, 2019

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    No one likes injections. So the thought of getting them inside your body – by swallowing a pill with tiny needles – doesn’t, at first, sound appealing. But new research shows it’s a promising idea.
  • Fake News Sieve
    Posted February 7, 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 February 1, 2019

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    It won’t be especially cold in Atlanta’s football stadium for tonight’s Super Bowl, but you’ll probably see the receivers wearing gloves anyway.
  • Bleeding Model
    Posted January 25, 2019

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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.
  • Quantum Key
    Posted January 18, 2019

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    It’s relatively easy for bad guys to tap into and steal transmissions from fiber-optic cables, without even being noticed. So sensitive data must be encrypted.
  • Polar Vortex
    Posted January 11, 2019

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    This weekend’s snowfall may be the start of a colder winter according to a theory that looks at air streams in the Arctic region.
  • Restoring Voice
    Posted December 31, 2018

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    Our voice is part of our identity. A new technology aims to restore it for those who’ve lost the ability to speak.
  • Tsunami Sensor
    Posted December 26, 2018

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    This month’s tsunami in Indonesia was likely caused by landslides from a volcanic eruption, but most tsunamis are caused by movement of the ocean floor.
  • Dream Machine
    Posted December 20, 2018

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    You might soon be able to get a clearer picture of those “visions of sugar plums” or, better, some great idea that comes to you as you’re falling asleep.
  • Navy Biosensors
    Posted December 13, 2018

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    Oceans are full of invisible bacterial life that are highly attuned to their environment, so the Navy is trying to enlist them.
  • Small Modular Reactors
    Posted December 7, 2018

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    Since nuclear power plants don’t emit greenhouse gases, many think they are a solution to climate change. So a push is now on to boost worldwide nuclear energy production by deploying more – but much smaller – reactors.
  • Optimizing Online Shopping
    Posted November 30, 2018

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    If you’re shopping online and want to reduce your carbon footprint this holiday season, experts say – don’t procrastinate.
  • Food Mechanic
    Posted November 24, 2018

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    Dreaming of Thanksgiving leftovers? What makes food taste good, or not? Chemistry is, perhaps, an obvious answer. But you probably didn’t think about mechanics.
  • Sniffing Out Email Scammers
    Posted November 15, 2018

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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.
  • Biodegradable Medical Device
    Posted November 9, 2018

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    Engineers have created the first medical device that simply dissolves in the body after its job is done.
  • Ultimate Liquid Repellent
    Posted November 1, 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?
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