Rare earth elements are supposed to be rare, but this is getting ridiculous. Rare earth elements make highly efficient catalysts and magnets, and they’re critical resources for the electric-driven green economy. Demand is outstripping supply, and the elements are not evenly distributed across the nations of the earth. University innovation to the rescue! There are now next-generation magnets that are rare-earth element free, and in the future, these precious elements will come from a place they’re not, well, rare.
Featured Technologies: Asteroid robot drill arm https://patents.google.com/patent/CN102967484A/en?oq=cn102967484; Rare earth free rare earth magnet https://patents.google.com/patent/US10332661B2/en?oq=14%2f232%2c830; More efficient rotor magnet configuration: https://www.warf.org/technologies/summary/p150363us01.cmsx
There is an impending sand shortage...no, really! The special sand (no, really!) that is suitable for making concrete is getting harder to find (seriously!). No matter the cause—rising sea levels, greater use, inadequate old-timey chain gangs breaking rocks–university innovation to the rescue! The gang discusses ways to replace sand in concrete and the hottest new career field of the 2040s: robotic sand mining submarine robot operator.
Featured Technologies: We’re running out of sand: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauriewinkless/2019/08/22/were-running-out-of-sand-and-cities-are-to-blame/#5a0224ff1240; Sturdy Sand Recovery Robot Submarine: https://patents.google.com/patent/CN107117276A/en?oq=CN107117276A; Recycling plastic to make cement: https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/waste-plastic-in-concrete-could-help-support-sustainable-construction-in-india/
Imagine a world where things like routine surgery, minor injuries and routine dentistry could kill you. That dreary past may be our collective future...University innovation to the rescue! New economic models to develop new antibiotics; new computer models to accelerate antibiotic discovery and how the solution to the antibiotic pipeline is...Henry Ford?
Featured Technologies: Computer Assisted Antibiotic Discovery https://patents.google.com/patent/US8635031B2/en?oq=8%2c635%2c031; Policy recommendations: https://www.statnews.com/2019/10/15/antimicrobial-drugs-new-policies-incentives/; https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40319-018-00782-w
Did you know that Helium production is associated with natural gas extraction, that it liquifies at wicked cold temperatures, easily evaporates into a gas and is nearly impossible to efficiently store – AND WE’RE RUNNING OUT!? University innovation to the rescue! Join the Overground as they discuss new ways to more efficiently extract precious, precious helium as prospectors seeking the next big helium score.
Featured Technologies: Helium Extraction Frame https://patents.google.com/patent/CN109731551A/en?oq=CN109731551A; US Helium startup active in Western Canada: https://weil-group.com/
The Overground gets foreshadow-y and you’re invited to share the vibe. The path of season two leads to discussion of shortages: critical materials, solutions for deadly disease and the human brain’s capacity to see the world as it really is – we're running out of all of them! Innovation is the one resource you can always rely on and, in the coming weeks, dive into university solutions to impending shortages Innovation Overground style!
Featured Technologies: NONE!
Summary: Join the Overground crew as they delve into the mysterious and astonishing power of your immune system. University innovation is set to produce flu vaccine on demand as the devious virus mutates. Others are using vaccines to turn the human immune system into a 21st century biochemical cruise missile to make cancer deaths a thing of the past.
Featured Technologies: DNA Flu Vaccine https://patents.google.com/patent/US10398769B2/en?oq=14%2f910%2c136; Vaccine approach to cancer https://ashpublications.org/blood/article/124/21/4504/91997/Three-Steps-to-Breaking-Immune-Tolerance-A
It’s a new year, so let's find a new planet! Start 2020 with space elevators and self-constructing 3D printed rockets. The Overground crew is here to give you options!
Featured Technologies: Space Elevator https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2170193/china-has-strongest-fibre-can-haul-160-elephants-and-space; https://phys.org/news/2018-09-japan-mini-space-elevator.html
The New Year is around the corner, and you know what that means. Yup, college football bowl season! This week the crew look for a competitive advantage in their second-ever pitch competition, which pits next-generation augmented reality against dissolving pep strips.
Featured Technologies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma2RTs7GQqM ; Haptic device with indirect haptic feedback https://patents.google.com/patent/US20190265818A1/en?oq=16%2f407%2c396 ; Wearable 3D augmented reality display https://patents.google.com/patent/US10326983B2/en?oq=15%2f122%2c492; orally dissolving strips https://aim.autm.net/public/project/46097/
The crew brings Christmas future to Christmas present. Technology is arming Santa with an armada of drones, a fleet of self-driving cars, and end-of-year technology good cheer! Merry second Christmas listeners!
Featured Technologies: improved computer vision for driving https://patents.google.com/patent/US20180150704A1/en?oq=15%2f824%2c435; Digital processing of video images https://patents.google.com/patent/US8599266B2/en?oq=10%2f519%2c818;
Discount neighborhood ophthalmology got you down? Losing faith in off-label, anti-fungal medication to degenerative vision disorders? Midwestern eye innovation to the rescue! Join the Overground as they discuss next generation cell-based therapies, different flavors of stem cells and retinal sod. Also: cybernetic eyes.
Featured Technologies: https://www.mwdrugdevelopment.com/speakers/treat-macular-degeneration/; https://www.mwdrugdevelopment.com/speakers/treat-macular-degeneration/; https://www.statnews.com/2019/01/16/stem-cell-therapies-macular-degeneration/; Brain implant partially restores vision: https://www.bcm.edu/news/neurosurgery/second-sight-study-brings-sight-to-blind.