Engineering Innovation

by The National Academy of Engineering

Engineering Innovation
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 1,379
  • Last: 18 Mar 2018
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.

Episodes (1,379)

  • “Sonic Weapon” or Accident?
    “Sonic Weapon” or Accident?
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    Published: 18 Mar 2018 Duration: n/a
    Investigators are exploring the possibility that a mysterious “sonic weapon” may have been used against U-S and Canadian diplomats in Cuba, who suffered a variety of symptoms. But there might be simpler explanation.
    Investigators are exploring the possibility that a mysterious “sonic weapon” may have been used against U-S and Canadian diplomats in Cuba, who suffered a variety of symptoms. But there might be simpler explanation.

  • Eating Monitor
    Eating Monitor
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    Published: 11 Mar 2018 Duration: n/a
    Developing healthy eating habits could get much easier with a new technology that tracks your chewing.
    Developing healthy eating habits could get much easier with a new technology that tracks your chewing.

  • Power Line Robots
    Power Line Robots
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    Published: 4 Mar 2018 Duration: n/a
    Strong winds like those we’ve been having can cause power outages when trees or branches fall on electric lines. Robots may soon come to the rescue.
    Strong winds like those we’ve been having can cause power outages when trees or branches fall on electric lines. Robots may soon come to the rescue.

  • Brain-Machine Interface
    Brain-Machine Interface
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    Published: 25 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    Engineers are literally extending the reach of brains…allowing them to send signals that can operate machines and open up new human potential.
    Engineers are literally extending the reach of brains…allowing them to send signals that can operate machines and open up new human potential.

  • The Impact of C++
    The Impact of C++
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    Published: 18 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    The 5-hundred-thousand-dollar Draper Prize for Engineering will be awarded here in D-C on Tuesday…for an innovation you likely use every day without even knowing about it.
    The 5-hundred-thousand-dollar Draper Prize for Engineering will be awarded here in D-C on Tuesday…for an innovation you likely use every day without even knowing about it.

  • Hacking for the Homeless
    Hacking for the Homeless
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    Published: 11 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    Teams of students recently came together for a hackathon at Catholic University to engineer solutions for homeless in the DC area, and beyond.
    Teams of students recently came together for a hackathon at Catholic University to engineer solutions for homeless in the DC area, and beyond.

  • Ribocomputer
    Ribocomputer
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    Published: 4 Feb 2018 Duration: n/a
    A new type of computer – that would be housed inside your body – is being engineered to combat diseases.
    A new type of computer – that would be housed inside your body – is being engineered to combat diseases.

  • Restoring Voice
    Restoring Voice
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    Published: 28 Jan 2018 Duration: n/a
    Our voice is part of our identity. A new technology aims to restore it for those who’ve lost the ability to speak.
    Our voice is part of our identity. A new technology aims to restore it for those who’ve lost the ability to speak.

  • 10,000 Year Clock
    10,000 Year Clock
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    Published: 21 Jan 2018 Duration: n/a
    As we look ahead to the New Year, a team of engineers is planning construction of mechanical clock as a monument they hope will still be working, and attracting visitors, thousands of years into the future.
    As we look ahead to the New Year, a team of engineers is planning construction of mechanical clock as a monument they hope will still be working, and attracting visitors, thousands of years into the future.

  • Fake News and Other Views
    Fake News and Other Views
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    Published: 14 Jan 2018 Duration: n/a
    As the war on “fake news” rages on, a team of university students has come up with a new attack plan.
    As the war on “fake news” rages on, a team of university students has come up with a new attack plan.

  • Perfect Insulator
    Perfect Insulator
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    Published: 7 Jan 2018 Duration: n/a
    Much of the world’s energy usage goes toward heating or cooling our buildings. But that could change if engineers are successful at making the perfect insulator.
    Much of the world’s energy usage goes toward heating or cooling our buildings. But that could change if engineers are successful at making the perfect insulator.

  • 2017 Review
    2017 Review
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    Published: 31 Dec 2017 Duration: n/a
    As 2017 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at a few of this year’s engineering innovations that we covered.
    As 2017 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at a few of this year’s engineering innovations that we covered.

  • 2017 Review
    2017 Review
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    Published: 31 Dec 2017 Duration: n/a
    As 2017 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at a few of this year’s engineering innovations that we covered.
    As 2017 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at a few of this year’s engineering innovations that we covered.

  • Santa the Engineer
    Santa the Engineer
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    Published: 24 Dec 2017 Duration: n/a
    This Christmas, Santa made his annual flight, delivering presents to children around the globe. But how does one man—even with all those elves—accomplish such a feat?
    This Christmas, Santa made his annual flight, delivering presents to children around the globe. But how does one man—even with all those elves—accomplish such a feat?

  • Santa the Engineer
    Santa the Engineer
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    Published: 24 Dec 2017 Duration: n/a
    This Christmas, Santa made his annual flight, delivering presents to children around the globe. But how does one man—even with all those elves—accomplish such a feat?
    This Christmas, Santa made his annual flight, delivering presents to children around the globe. But how does one man—even with all those elves—accomplish such a feat?

  • Origami Muscle
    Origami Muscle
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    Published: 17 Dec 2017 Duration: n/a
    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.
    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.

  • Origami Muscle
    Origami Muscle
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    Published: 17 Dec 2017 Duration: n/a
    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.
    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.

  • VR Pain Relief
    VR Pain Relief
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    Published: 10 Dec 2017 Duration: n/a
    The rapidly advancing technology of virtual reality may have a role in addressing the opioid crisis.
    The rapidly advancing technology of virtual reality may have a role in addressing the opioid crisis.

  • VR Pain Relief
    VR Pain Relief
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    Published: 10 Dec 2017 Duration: n/a
    The rapidly advancing technology of virtual reality may have a role in addressing the opioid crisis.
    The rapidly advancing technology of virtual reality may have a role in addressing the opioid crisis.

  • Cleaner Cities with Smart Trash Cans
    Cleaner Cities with Smart Trash Cans
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    Published: 3 Dec 2017 Duration: n/a
    One solution to the increasing D-C rat population might be “smart” trash cans. And they have other benefits too.
    One solution to the increasing D-C rat population might be “smart” trash cans. And they have other benefits too.

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