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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  • Halloween Fog
    Posted October 30, 2003

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    It's a Halloween staple in haunted houses, plays, and movies. But the safety of artificial fog is being questioned tonight.
  • Power Flowers
    Posted November 2, 2003

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    Thinking about splurging on a big flower arrangement for your sweetie, but weighing the price against how long it'll last?
  • Dirty Emissions? He'll Catch You!
    Posted November 9, 2003

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    Are you tied of the yearly ritual of waiting in line for auto emissions testing? Well, there might be a way to avoid it.
  • One Type Fits All
    Posted November 9, 2003

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    It could save your life in an emergency. Researchers may have found a way to create a universal blood type.
  • Spotting Spores
    Posted November 16, 2003

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    Seemingly positive tests for anthrax recently shut down eleven D.C.-area post offices. How could they have been wrong, and how do you actually go about snagging a spore?
  • Kinder, Gentler Endometriosis Treatment
    Posted November 23, 2003

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    One in ten women of reproductive age has excessive tissue growth in the lining of her uterus. It's called endometriosis. Hysterectomy is currently the only way to ensure a cure, but now that is changing.
  • Football Brain Strain
    Posted November 27, 2003

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    There's lots of football on this holiday weekend and that means lots of tackles and possibly, in the course of that, some concussions.
  • The Future of Flight
    Posted December 17, 2003

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    This Wednesday is the hundredth anniversary of the Wright Brothers? first flight in North Carolina. But did you know that history was made locally by the brothers?
  • The Gilbreth Guide to Holiday Shopping
    Posted December 20, 2003

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    The movie "Cheaper By The Dozen" opens Christmas day. Its real-life characters could have probably helped you juggle activities of the season.
  • The Technology of Time
    Posted December 27, 2003

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    2004 is almost here. The number of time-dependent technologies is increasing all the time, and you probably don?t even know it. It?s time you learned about time.
  • Joe Gibbs, Head Engineer
    Posted January 9, 2004

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    You thought Joe Gibbs was a football coach...or maybe a NASCAR owner? Some see him as an engineer.
  • http://WTOP.mars
    Posted January 17, 2004

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    Years before the President's plan for a human trip to Mars, an Internet pioneer began pushing NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to build an interplanetary Internet.
  • Check Out That Slow Mo'?It's a Gas!
    Posted January 25, 2004

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    This weekend, men across the country are thinking about a TV upgrade in time for the Super Bowl... and they drool over plasma screens.
  • Architecture of the Cell
    Posted February 7, 2004

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    Our understanding of how cells are constructed could change, because one biologist took an art class.
  • A Broken (Chocolate) Heart
    Posted February 14, 2004

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    Chocolate's mysterious properties are supposed to seduce your Valentine, but only if it?s engineered correctly.
  • Future of the Personal Computer
    Posted February 21, 2004

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    One of the most famous television ads in history aired almost exactly twenty years ago, and the computer industry has never looked back.
  • Taking the Bite Out of an Asteroid
    Posted February 28, 2004

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    For several scary hours last month, while we were worried about terrorists, scientists had their eyes on a possible weapon of mass destruction coming from outer space.
  • Bubble Fusion: Star in a Jar
    Posted March 6, 2004

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    It's the holy grail?an unlimited, clean energy source. Fusion powers the sun, but scientists haven't been able to harness it on earth.
  • Electricity from Mud
    Posted March 14, 2004

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    Need power in the middle of nowhere? Like, say, Afghanistan, or the ocean floor? No problem. All you need is mud.
  • Fallout Forensics
    Posted March 20, 2004

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    The anthrax investigation illustrates how hard it is to catch a bio-terrorist. Those who choose nuclear weapons may leave behind even fewer clues.