engineering en Problem Solving: Will Shortz and Invent Iowa <p>Name a famous person who appears regularly on NPR. His first name can be a noun or a verb, and his last name sounds like an article of clothing. Puzzlemaster&nbsp;Will Shortz joins Host Charity Nebbe to talk about how the New York Times crossword puzzle is put together and a little about his love of table tennis. &nbsp;And hear about real-world problem solving with Invent Iowa, and one particular invention made by middle school girls in Council Bluffs.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:18:55 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 28916 at Problem Solving: Will Shortz and Invent Iowa Science Literacy in Iowa <p>Does drinking coffee prevent dementia? Will diet soda give you cancer?&nbsp; Science and health reporting is often misleading and confusing. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:51:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 27903 at Science Literacy in Iowa Wind Energy in Iowa <p></p><p>Mid-American Energy is planning to invest $1.9 billion in Iowa to add up to about one gigawatt of wind generation, which could power 300-thousand homes. That means more than 600 new wind turbines are expected to be built in Iowa by 2016.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;gets details on the project, and he gets a broader look at wind energy in Iowa with both large- and small-scale turbines. We also talk with an ISU professor a grad student working on designing a different wind turbine tower—one made out of concrete.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:53:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 20956 at Wind Energy in Iowa Best and Worst Jobs of 2013 <p>For 25 years, has ranked the best and worst jobs. &nbsp; Their rating is based on physical&nbsp;demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Host Ben</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kieffer talks with a few people that are on the best and worst lists. &nbsp;Find out what people in those jobs think about their ranking. &nbsp;It includes a Biomedical Engineer, an Oil Rig Worker, an Audiologist, and a Newspaper Reporter. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:18:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 20577 at Best and Worst Jobs of 2013 Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot? <p>There&rsquo;s always work to be done on the farm, but often it&rsquo;s the same work day, after day, after day. Parts of the job must feel a bit like an assembly line.</p><p>While it&rsquo;s impossible to automate farming like many manufacturers have automated their assembly lines, using robotic technology on the farm might not be so far off.</p><p>The biological and agricultural engineering robotics team at Kansas State University knows a thing or two about agricultural robots. They&rsquo;ve won national robotics competitions in each of the last five years.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:27:55 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 1988 at Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot?