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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  • Nixing Noise
    Posted September 21, 2018

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    A new engineering technique could soon give you quiet space, even in a noisy environment, without bulky headphones.
  • Future Flood Fixes
    Posted September 14, 2018

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    As we prepare for more rain, this time from remnants of Hurricane Florence, a recent report identifies the D-C area as high-risk for increased flooding in the future.
  • Sea-Air Communication
    Posted August 31, 2018

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    Researchers have, for the first time, demonstrated a technique that could allow direct wireless communication between devices in the deep sea and the air above.
  • Plastic Waste Crisis
    Posted August 23, 2018

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    China recently imposed a ban on plastic waste being sent there for recycling. It’s unclear where that plastic is going to go, but engineers are assessing impacts and remedies.
  • Bleeding Model
    Posted August 14, 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.
  • Engineered Eclipse
    Posted August 9, 2018

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    Engineers are creating a new type of window, that’s adjustable…but not in the way you might think.
  • Permafrost Peril
    Posted August 2, 2018

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    A new study 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.
  • New Light on Baseball Injury
    Posted July 26, 2018

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    Elbow ligament damage is a common injury among baseball pitchers, including the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg. A new imaging technique is shedding light on why it happens and maybe even how to prevent it.
  • 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.
  • 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?