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Garbage

Mon Nov 26 2018 (28:47)

In this episode, we talk with researchers who are finding small — and maybe even fun — ways to take out all the trash.

Garbage is everywhere — whether it’s paper in your trashcan, plastic in the ocean, blobs in the sewers, or junk floating out in space.In this episode, we talk with researchers who are finding small — and maybe even fun — ways to take out all the trash.

Asteroids

Mon Oct 15 2018 (26:16)

In this episode, we talk with NASA's Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson, Dr. Bruce Betts of the Planetary Society, and astrophysicist Mike Owens, about working together to detect and deflect these near-Earth objects (NEOs).

Detecting a potentially-hazardous, near-Earth asteroid requires a community of dedicated researchers, from amateur astronomers to NASA professionals.In this episode, we talk with NASA's Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson, Dr. Bruce Betts of the Planetary Society, and astrophysicist Mike Owens, about working together to detect and deflect these near-Earth objects (NEOs).

Haptics

Mon Sep 24 2018 (26:28)

In this episode, we look at one haptics application right out of science-fiction — a full-body HoloSuit — and several smaller-sized ideas that could help people right here and right now.

You've most likely felt the vibrations of a phone in your pocket, but did you know that the buzzing effect is one of the most basic forms of a field known as Haptics? Haptics refers to any interaction involving touch, or specifically touch feedback.What if vibrations could communicate more to you than just the arrival of a text or phone call? What if touch was the only sense you had? The haptics field is wide open, and researchers are finding new and exciting ways to communicate and experience b ...

Alcohol

Mon Aug 13 2018 (23:58)

The process for making wine, beer, and spirits has remained relatively the same for centuries.In this episode of Here’s an Idea™, we look at the efforts of vineyard owners, distillers, and brewers who are discovering small ways to innovate and adjust their own crafting processes.We speak with former scientists and engineers who are putting their own spin on traditional ideas, using knowledge gained from their previous experience in the lab.

Superpowers

Tue Jul 17 2018 (30:24)

Engineers today are using their creativity to build a variety of superhero-like technologies that enhance our human capabilities, including exosuits, invisibility cloaks, and wall-scaling gloves.

Engineers today are using their creativity to build a variety of superhero-like technologies that enhance our human capabilities, including exosuits, invisibility cloaks, and wall-scaling gloves.What drives these researchers? Were they all comic-book reading dreamers? Or is a need to imagine bigger and better human capabilities just a natural part of who we are?In this episode of Here's an Idea, we talk with researchers whose technologies are giving people the capabilities of their favorite supe ...

Sponges

Tue Jun 12 2018 (24:32)

In this episode of Here's an Idea, we look at how researchers are expanding the sponge concept to entire cities.

After a disaster like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf coast, what if a giant sponge could clean up the area and the wildlife around it? What if a bunch of tiny sponges could quickly save gunshot victims? In this episode of Here's an Idea, we look at how researchers are doing just that, and expanding the sponge concept to entire cities.Access full-length interviews with the episode's featured researchers here:Reusable ‘Oleo’ Sponge Soaks Up Oil Spillshttps://www.techbriefs.com/co ...

Humanoid Robots

Mon May 14 2018 (18:10)

In this episode, we look at how humanoid robots have evolved, and why we have the need for robots that look, act, and even think like humans.

Some conditions are too dangerous, or just too mundane, for people.For decades, humanoid robots have been stepping in to take tasks off our hands. One named Manny spent a lot of the 80s being shot with a flamethrower. Another, R2, is currently doing chores in space.In this episode, we look at how humanoid robots have evolved, and why we have the need for robots that look, act, and even think like humans.Episode highlights include:In 1988, a team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) ...

Rockets

Mon Apr 09 2018 (15:22)

In this episode, we explore how Dr. Goddard's efforts, almost 100 years ago, have inspired generations of rocketeers and spaceflight launches.

On a snowy day in 1926, a physicist named Robert Goddard set out to his Aunt Effie's ranch. What happened next was not your typical day on the farm – Goddard launched the first liquid-propellant rocket.In this episode of Here's an Idea™, we explore how Dr. Goddard's efforts, almost 100 years ago, have inspired generations of rocketeers and spaceflight launches.We speak with engineering student Josh Allen; Orbital ATK’s Mark Ogren; NASA’s Rob Garner; and Estes model-rocket director Michael Fritz. ...

3D Printing

Mon Mar 12 2018 (15:08)

In this episode of Here's an Idea, we look at how 3D printing began.

Chances are you’ve heard of 3D printing - the modern fabrication process being used today to make everything from football cleats to dental implants.In this episode of Here's an Idea™ we look at how 3D printing began.We speak with the creator of the 3D printer himself, Chuck Hull, who admits he could never have guessed that his "stereolithography apparatus" would be capable of so much more than prototyping plastic parts.In the making of this episode, we also spoke to industry insider Terry Wohle ...