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Technology Today Podcast

About Technology Today Podcast

The 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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A water droplet on the inside surface of a coated pipe

Episode 17

A Superhydrophobic Solution

March 16, 2020 | 31:36

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... MORE

Signal captured from an SwRI VHF/UHF Scout system

Episode 16

Superior Signals Intelligence

February 17, 2020 | 31:40

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... MORE

Conical flight body launched from a two-stage light gas gun flowing against a black background

Episode 15

Hypersonic Progress

January 20, 2020 | 32:00

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... MORE

SwRI Principal Technician Michael Negrete places a laptop designed for rugged performance into a temperature/humidity chamber

Episode 14

Extreme Product Testing

December 16, 2019 | 27:28

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... MORE

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Episode 13

Our First Anniversary!

November 18, 2019 | 27:19

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... MORE

SwRI engineers David Chambers and Donald Poole analyze breast cancer tumor cells

Episode 12

Detecting Cancer with AI

October 21, 2019 | 30:57

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... MORE

automobile crushed under building after 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California

Episode 11

Exploring Earthquakes

September 16, 2019 | 26:34

Rumbling and shaking during an earthquake can trigger liquefaction, a dangerous process that causes solid ground to behave like a liquid. This can result in widespread destruction. Our guest today is part of a team working to predict where liquefaction may occur. So how... MORE

CYGNSS, the SwRI-built constellation of microsatellites, in orbit

Episode 10

Unraveling a Hurricane

August 19, 2019 | 30:33

Collecting data from a hurricane before it makes landfall is key to saving lives and property. While current hurricane models can predict the path, there are often gaps in accurately predicting a storm’s intensity or strength. NASA’s Cyclone Global... MORE

clear underground water inside a cave called Honey Creek Cave near San Antonio

Episode 9

Guarding Our Groundwater

July 15, 2019 | 28:05

When we turn on the tap, many of us are tapping into the groundwater system. Whether your water comes from an aquifer or well, groundwater is flowing into your home. A range of issues, from too much pumping to changes in climate can threaten... MORE

Metal powder used in the additive manufacturing process.

Episode 8

Additive Manufacturing

June 17, 2019 | 29:46

For thousands of years, people have made things the same way, carving out a tool or a part from a bigger chunk of material. While humankind has had great achievements through conventional manufacturing, there’s a new manufacturing method... MORE

Athlete participating in a motion capture

Episode 7

Human Digital Twins

May 20, 2019 | 30:09

Do you wear a device to track your steps, heart rate or sleep patterns? Collecting data about ourselves is becoming mainstream. Add that information to your medical data and you have the makings of your own human digital twin. Our guests in this episode are... MORE

Ocean simulation lab chamber

Episode 6

Simulating an Ocean

April 15, 2019 | 24:36

How do you lessen the chance of a deep sea disaster? Put your equipment through rigorous testing before it ever hits the water. Testing underwater equipment in the ocean is costly, but necessary for safety. The SwRI Ocean Simulation Lab is a reliable alternative... MORE

passengers ride along in an SwRI automated vehicle

Episode 5

The Automated Driver

March 14, 2019 | 34:51

Join us on a road trip. Our destination? The future of driving. Our guest is Dr. Steve Dellenback, vice president of the Intelligent Systems Division at Southwest Research Institute and an expert in the field of automated vehicles, or self-driving... MORE

Particles moving in fluid

Episode 4

The Beauty of Data

February 11, 2019 | 30:54

What happens when you add art to science and engineering? Our guest in this episode is Dr. Amy McCleney, a Southwest Research Institute fluids engineer. She’s collecting data in a creative, colorful way. In addition to running numbers and poring over spreadsheets... MORE

Various produce items

Episode 3

Serving Up Science

January 14, 2019 | 25:35

What’s in our food? Scientists are chopping, grinding and pureeing their way to answers. In this episode, we meet food chemistry expert Lorraine Scheller, a food lab manager at Southwest Research Institute. Learn how her team breaks down our food, both fresh... MORE

Large robotic equipment

Episode 2

Robots in the Real World

December 10, 2018 | 30:48

Robots are busy behind the scenes, contributing to a variety of industries. How do robots impact our daily lives? What tasks are they taking on and who’s using them? SwRI robotics expert Matt Robinson says everything manufactured today is being... MORE

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Episode 1

New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby

November 12, 2018 | 31:06

Get ready for a front row seat on a history-making mission to the far reaches of the outer solar system! Southwest Research Institute space scientist Alan Stern is leading NASA’s galactic journey to the Kuiper Belt to explore 2014 MU69, or Ultima Thule... MORE

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