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We find all the cool academic innovations so you don't have to. Sponsored and produced by UNeMed, the technology transfer and commercialization office for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Innovation Overground UNeMed

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We find all the cool academic innovations so you don't have to. Sponsored and produced by UNeMed, the technology transfer and commercialization office for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

    Innovation Overground: Print better plastics with carbon fiber (303)

    Innovation Overground: Print better plastics with carbon fiber (303)

    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 


    Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (@dare2scherr); Joe Runge (@EntreprenurialW)  


    Sponsor:  UNeMed (https://www.unemed.com); @UNeMed 


    Music: Countdown to Myocardial Infarction, by Peter Gresser. Used with permission. http://sonofactori.com/

    • 17 min
    Innovation Overground: Carbon Nanotubes, churros and rebar (302)

    Innovation Overground: Carbon Nanotubes, churros and rebar (302)

    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 


    Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (@dare2scherr); Joe Runge (@EntreprenurialW)  


    Sponsor:  UNeMed (https://www.unemed.com); @UNeMed 


    Music: Countdown to Myocardial Infarction, by Peter Gresser. Used with permission. http://sonofactori.com/

    • 20 min
    Innovation Overground: Return to Graphene (301)

    Innovation Overground: Return to Graphene (301)

    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; 


    Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (@dare2scherr); Joe Runge (@EntreprenurialW)  


    Sponsor:  UNeMed (https://www.unemed.com); @UNeMed 


    Music: Countdown to M

    • 19 min
    Innovation Overground: Vaccines at warp speed (249)

    Innovation Overground: Vaccines at warp speed (249)

    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 


    Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (@dare2scherr); Joe Runge (@EntreprenurialW)  


    Sponsor:  UNeMed (https://www.unemed.com); @UNeMed 


    Music: Countdown to Myocardial Infarction, by Peter Gresser. Used with permission. http://sonofactori.com/

    • 19 min
    Innovation Overground: What we don’t know about COVID-19 (248)

    Innovation Overground: What we don’t know about COVID-19 (248)

    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;  


    Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (@dare2scherr); Joe Runge (@EntreprenurialW)  


    Sponsor:  UNeMed (https://www.unemed.com); @UNeMed 


    Music: Countdown to Myocardial Infarction, by Peter Gresser. Used with permission. http://sonofactori.com/

    • 17 min
    Innovation Overground: Sun Rockets! (247)

    Innovation Overground: Sun Rockets! (247)

    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 


    Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (@dare2scherr); Joe Runge (@EntreprenurialW)  


    Sponsor:  UNeMed (https://www.unemed.com); @UNeMed 


    Music: Countdown to Myocardial Infarction, by Peter Gresser. Used with permission. http://sonofactori.com/

    • 20 min

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Beachy Nerd ,

Makes T2 accessible

These guys banter about science, tech, and innovation in a fun and interesting way. All the hosts have great chemistry together and quite a sense of humor. Worth a listen if you like new inventions or patents in technology.

DaveInNebraska55555 ,

The “You can’t patent you, obviously” Episode was Awesome!

Every episode of this podcast is awesome for anyone with any level of curiosity at all, but this episode was one of the two or three best! The crew discusses what makes something able to be patented, and Tyler, the scientist, patiently explains, with concrete examples, the subtleties of what can and cannot be patented.

This podcast is what smart people listen to in order to become smarter!

Mike209763 ,

Great chemistry!

This podcast does an excellent job diving into the stories behind innovation and what it takes to move from a good idea to a product that has an impact on society.