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Rate of Change Podcast

A podcast from Duke Engineering, dedicated to the ingenious ways that engineers are solving society's toughest problems

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Season 2

Of Potholes and Budget Holes

A conversation with Henry Petroski on the current state of disrepair of America’s roads and bridges, why fixing them may require unpopular politics, and what the future might hold for their improvement

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Reclaiming Water from Waste

Washing our hands with soap and running water for at least twenty seconds helps prevent the spread of pathogens. For areas of the world where water is scarce, ECE faculty member Brian Stoner and his colleagues at WaSH-AID are reclaiming usable water from an unlikely source.

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Season 1

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Rate of Change is a new podcast from Duke Engineering, dedicated to the ingenious ways that engineers are solving society's toughest problems.

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Air Quality, Quick and Dirty

Air pollution degrades everything from cultural heritage sites like the Taj Mahal, to solar energy production. Duke civil and environmental engineering professor Mike Bergin is trying to fill in some of the knowledge gaps about what the pollution is and where it comes from, to better manage its effects.

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End Transmission

Duke professor David Katz works at the intersection of biomedical engineering and reproductive health. His research informs efforts to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases—most notably human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.

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Opening the Black Box

Cynthia Rudin is a professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, and an outspoken critic of using black box algorithms for high-stakes decisions.

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Scratch-Made Muscle

Duke professor of biomedical engineering Nenad Bursac is learning how muscles can recover from injury, by using stem cells to create new muscles from scratch.

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The World's Coolest T-Shirt

Materials engineer Po-Chun Hsu is developing textiles that heat and cool at the personal level—a scaled-back approach to climate control that could help curb emissions in the U.S.

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