What’s light as plastic, strong as steel and less expensive per pound than the chassis of an Italian sportscar? Carbon fiber reinforced polymers, duh! Join the Overground as they extend their tour of the mind-bending world of materials science to the juncture of additive manufacturing, uncompromising structural rigidity and sustainable sourcing. It’s the only podcast in your feed that will point you in the general direction of building your own Pontiac Fiero chassis from locally sourced organic ingredients.
Featured Technologies: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/admt.201600084; https://patents.google.com/patent/US10406750B2/en?q=%22carbon+fiber+reinforced+polymers%22&assignee=university; https://patents.google.com/patent/US20180118901A1/en?q=%22carbon+fiber+reinforced+polymers%22&assignee=university+&page=1; https://www.antiquesnavigator.com/archive/2017/04/21/132158679285.jpg
Join us as we explore further innovation involving sheets of carbon – rolled up into a delicious churro of nearly infinite reinforcing strength: carbon nanotubes. It’s awesome rebar, it’s the business end of a molecular analyzer, its formed from advanced chemical deposition, and scientists are cranking it out – by the centimeter.
Featured Technologies: https://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology/introduction/introduction_to_nanotechnology_22.php; https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191213142422.htm; https://patents.google.com/patent/US9896340B2/en?q=(%22carbon+nanotubes%22+%2fand)+(rebar)&assignee=university&oq=(%22carbon+nanotubes%22+%2fand)+(rebar)+assignee:university; https://patents.google.com/patent/US8961757B2/en?q=%22carbon+nanotubes%22&assignee=university&page=4
We begin season three(!) as materials science makes astonishing leaps forward. Join the Overground as we shelter in place with a limited series on materials science innovation. First stop, friend of the show, Graphene! The crew discusses how graphene will be the optical interstate onramp to the rail network of our information science infrastructure... or something... and smart medical instruments that will measure your vitals while they save your life.
Featured Technologies: https://patents.google.com/patent/US20140056551A1/en?q=graphene+%2fand&q=photonics&assignee=university; https://patents.google.com/patent/US7745528B2/en?q=(graphene+%2fand)+(thermal)&assignee=university&oq=(graphene+%2fand)+(thermal)+assignee:university;
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What if the lasting legacy of COVID-19 is...not all bad? Leavening the horror of pandemic disease is the shockingly fast development of a vaccine. Right now, two COVID-19 vaccine candidates are roaring into full-on human testing, and may be ready to inoculate the world by 2021.
Featured Technologies: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/comment/operation-warp-speed-finalists-funding-initiative/; https://www.nature.com/articles/nrd.2017.243; https://cen.acs.org/pharmaceuticals/vaccines/Adenoviral-vectors-new-COVID-19/98/i19
This week the OG crew discusses all that is unknown about COVID-19, and what that means. Still up the in air: basically all the complex biology, infectious rate, latency, immunity, co-morbidity and potential vaccine efficacy. But take heart, listeners because there are a few things science is confident about.
Featured Technologies: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/how-does-coronavirus-kill-clinicians-trace-ferocious-rampage-through-body-brain-toes; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7267810/; https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01824-5;
This week the Overground looks at solar power and rotating multi-chamber rockets. Join the crew as they contemplate how solar power is like a well-diversified retirement account, how to pronounce Elon Musk’s youngest child’s name and why is Joe so gosh darn insincere.
Featured Technologies: https://www.sciencealert.com/solar-cell-technology-has-toppled-three-new-records-just-this-month Rotating detonation rocket engine https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0010218019305838?via%3Dihub
The Overground takes another week off from monitoring viral pandemics to get more personal – the mysteries of the human brain Join the crew as we luxuriate in the infinite mystery of the human mind: brain implants that cure blindness, the electromagnetic basis of the ego and the scientific feasibility of telepathy. Overground platinum members get double miles this week!
Featured Technologies: Brain implant https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0092867420304967 new process of wireless, self-propagating neural communication: https://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/JP276904
Join the Overground as we kick back and let the COIVD-19 Pandemic do its own thing a few weeks. That’s right, the crew is taking a Zoom to the poolside with a relaxing, frosty glass of...quantum physics. C’mon and join us—its Schroedinger’s cat somewhere! Possibly Australia and Austria -- at the same time!
Featured Technologies: Nuclear Resonance: https://www.sciencealert.com/in-an-accidental-discovery-australian-engineers-solve-58-year-old-quantum-mystery; Quantum radar: https://www.sciencealert.com/physicists-are-investigating-ways-to-use-entanglement-as-a-fancy-new-kind-of-radar; https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/19/eabb0451
Listen in as the gang channels the four Shrinking Walls OF THE PRISON THAT IS A MAN’s MIND into a calm rational discussion of just how dang hard it is to make vaccines. Tyler lightens the mood with a glimpse into the near future, where autonomous networks of CRISPR armed robots read the next emerging pandemic viruses inside our cells and synthesize a vaccines on demand—possibly administered in our Soylent Green—to make social distancing a kitschy retro sitcom gag.
Featured Technologies: Vaccine timeline (https://theconversation.com/what-needs-to-go-right-to-get-a-coronavirus-vaccine-in-12-18-months-136816); vaccine platform (https://www.unemed.com/product/vaccine-platform ); UPenn vaccine (https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2020/05/05/coronavirus-vaccine-upenn-testing-new-unproven-genetic-technology-that-could-be-faster-than-traditional-vaccine-development/)
Summary: Join the Overground as they continue to explore university innovations for COVID 19. Fresh from the AUTM marketplace, the crew discusses next-generation artificial intelligence applications to design new drugs; new approaches to diagnosing viral diseases; and a few of the implications of the first post-CRISPR pandemic. Also, how hard is it to *get away with* murder these days?
Featured Technologies: Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) (https://autm.net/about-tech-transfer/covid19/covid-19-licensing-guidelines); A.I.-based drug repurposing (https://aim.autm.net/public/project/54026/); Rolling Circle DNA replication (https://aim.autm.net/public/project/54030/); CRISPR-based viral diagnostic (https://aim.autm.net/public/project/53872/)