18 episodes

Technology Today Podcast launched in November 2018, offering a new way to listen and learn about the technology, science, engineering and research impacting our lives and changing our world. The podcast is presented by Southwest Research Institute, a nonprofit contract R&D organization developing innovative solutions for government and industry clients. Podcast host Lisa Peña is breaking through the tech jargon and talking to the scientists, engineers and researchers building the future of technology. It’s a conversation bringing tech to life and helping us understand how technology, science, engineering and research link to our daily lives.

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Technology Today Podcast launched in November 2018, offering a new way to listen and learn about the technology, science, engineering and research impacting our lives and changing our world. The podcast is presented by Southwest Research Institute, a nonprofit contract R&D organization developing innovative solutions for government and industry clients. Podcast host Lisa Peña is breaking through the tech jargon and talking to the scientists, engineers and researchers building the future of technology. It’s a conversation bringing tech to life and helping us understand how technology, science, engineering and research link to our daily lives.

    Episode 17: A Superhydrophobic Solution

    Episode 17: A Superhydrophobic Solution

    The award-winning LotusFlo™ superhydrophobic coating is solving a major problem in offshore oil drilling. Substances often clog pipes, slowing or stopping the flow of oil. This innovative coating applied through a unique plasma process keeps substances from adhering to pipe surfaces. Better flow makes recovering petroleum for fuel and other products more cost-effective, which is a win for consumers too. But that’s not the only perk, LotusFlo is also better for the environment, cutting out the need for harsh chemicals that pollute the ocean. R&D Magazine recently recognized LotusFlo as one of the 100 most significant innovations of 2019. Find out why!

    Plus, an SwRI engineer shares his breakthrough moment bringing about cleaner engines and cleaner air. In Ask Us Anything, we’re tackling the popular tech topic, machine learning.

    Listen and learn from the people shaping our world through science, engineering, research and technology.

    • 31 min
    Episode 16: Superior Signals Intelligence

    Episode 16: Superior Signals Intelligence

    Antennas make modern communication possible from mobile phones to Wi-Fi. They also make our communities safer by supporting emergency, law enforcement and national security efforts. Even though they are vital to our way of life, we rarely hear about antenna advancements. In this episode, we’re talking to an SwRI electrical engineer who helped develop a sophisticated antenna technology taking signals intelligence to a new level. His team won a prestigious R&D 100 Award for the AF-369 VHF/UHF DF Antenna, recognized as a top 100 innovation of 2019. We’ll tell you what makes it a superior signals intelligence technology.

    In today’s Breakthroughs, artificial intelligence rescues a scientist buried in data. In Ask Us Anything, we’re untangling quantum entanglement.

    Listen and learn from the people shaping our world through science, engineering, research and technology.

    • 31 min
    Episode 15: Hypersonic Progress

    Episode 15: Hypersonic Progress

    The future will be fast! That’s why our guests launch projectiles faster than Mach 5, five times the speed of sound. They’re studying hypersonic speeds in an SwRI lab, reaching thousands of miles per hour and temperatures hotter than the sun. In this episode, we discuss their discoveries and where their work could one day take us. Think commercial hypersonic flights, coast to coast, in an hour!

    In today’s Breakthroughs, earthquakes shake up a geologist’s view of nature, highlighting the vast connections that exist all around us. And how does sunlight reach Earth? A space physicist has the answer in Ask us Anything.

    Listen now.

    • 32 min
    Episode 14: Extreme Product Testing

    Episode 14: Extreme Product Testing

    It’s shopping season. When we buy electronics and other products, we expect them to be reliable and safe. Our guest today is a product assurance expert who subjects consumer products and other equipment to a range of adverse conditions. Before you buy and use them, products in her lab have been exposed to extreme drops, peak temperatures and corrosive environments to make sure they hold up. In this episode, we discuss why extreme testing is critical. Plus, our expert shares some valuable consumer tips.

    In today’s Breakthroughs, an ancient woodworking technique leads to a new discovery. And in Ask us Anything, we call in a robotics expert to answer a curious listener’s question.

    Listen now.

    • 27 min
    Episode 13: Our First Anniversary!

    Episode 13: Our First Anniversary!

    The Technology Today Podcast is celebrating one year of giving listeners an inside perspective on world-changing science, engineering, research and technology through informative conversations with institute scientists and engineers. On this episode, we highlight some of our memorable “listen and learn” moments and introduce two new segments, “Breakthroughs,” personal stories of discovery told by the people who lived them and “Ask us Anything,” our SwRI experts answer your questions. Listen now to this special anniversary episode of Technology Today.

    • 27 min
    Episode 12: Detecting Cancer with AI

    Episode 12: Detecting Cancer with AI

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In this episode, we highlight an innovative technology for doctors treating patients with breast cancer. SwRI engineers and pathologists from UT Health San Antonio combined their expertise to develop a computer algorithm that quickly detects and analyzes breast cancer tumor cells on pathology images. The algorithm holds promise for faster, more accurate cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. The team’s brilliant work is grabbing global attention. Listen now as we learn about potentially life-saving artificial intelligence.

    • 30 min

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