The Future of the Combustion Engine

The Future of the Combustion Engine

We explore the challenge of making a better--and more efficient--engine, and why most experts believe we'll be using the combustion engine for decades to come.

Internal combustion engines power everything from cars to planes to lawnmowers. But despite more than a century of new technology, the basic design has barely changed. We explore the challenge of making an efficient engine, and why despite the current wave of "green technology," most experts believe we'll be using the combustion engine for decades to come.

Guests

Edward Tenner

Historian of technology and culture; author of Why Things Bite Back; author of Our Own Devices; senior research associate at the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center; blogger for theatlantic.com.

Levi Tillemann-Dick

CEO of IRIS Engines, Inc.

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