Billy's Blog

On Billy's Blog, Billy Hurley, Digital Editorial Manager, writes stories about new and innovative achievements in design engineering, from industrial robots and autonomous vehicles to 3D printers and see-through solar cells. Along with other Tech Briefs writers and editors, Billy shares his opinions, poses questions to readers, and finds the fun, interesting, and unexpected stories behind today's leading-edge inventions.

Blog: Materials
A micron-thick coating, made largely from leftover eggs, can extend the shelf life of the fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator.
Blog: Test & Measurement
Tech Briefs readers ask two industry experts about the effectiveness of CT scans when you want a deeper look at a battery.
Blog: Motion Control
Christopher Borroni-Bird and his team want to make an "e-kit" that provides a boost to wheelbarrows, bikes, and other non-motorized vehicles.
Blog: Automotive
Long-haul trucking may be the best candidate for hydrogen power. An industry expert tells us when we can expect more hydrogen fuel cells on the highway.
Blog: AR/AI
A deep-learning approach from Stanford University detects property damage caused by wildfires.
Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
The 2021 Create the Future Design Contest winner wants to build a truly recyclable bioplastic.
Blog: Aerospace
A NASA expert answers your questions about the upcoming Artemis mission that will send astronauts back to the Moon.
Blog: Materials
UCLA engineers have demonstrated successful integration of a novel semiconductor material into high-power computer chips.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
A NASA expert explains why the Artemis mission will rely on a fascinating orbit known as the "Gateway."
Blog: Aerospace
A NASA expert explains the big difference between the lunar south pole and the Moon's equator.
Blog: Aerospace
A reader asks about NASA's Artemis mission: "Are there other objectives for specifically lunar operations besides preparing and training for Mars mission?"
Blog: Aerospace
Before human explorers can head to the Moon and beyond, they need to tackle these three important tasks.
Blog: Aerospace
As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the Moon, human explorers will have to handle microgravity conditions and other elements that take a toll on the body.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
With the help of additive-manufacturing techniques and software-controlled lasers, Blutinger and his colleagues are digitizing the cooking process.
Blog: Design
A reader asks an industry expert from IBM: How is feature-based modeling better than a bill of materials?
Blog: Electronics & Computers
An industry expert explains why automotive manufacturers are turning to a "floating" board-to-board connection.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An intelligent robot being uses A.I. and sophisticated navigation to find good peaches and remove them from trees.
Blog: Aerospace
With good shielding and good timing, Mars-bound astronauts are safe from radiation, according to a recent study.
Blog: Materials
Professor Francois Barthelat wants to incorporate the fish fin's strong, flexible characteristics into robotic and aerospace designs.
Blog: Aerospace
A team at the University of Tsukuba used a beam of microwave radiation to a launch a drone into the air. Can this type of propulsion take off?
Blog: Electronics & Computers
Prof. Alanson Sample and his team want to turn entire buildings into wireless charging zones. Learn how their system delivers electricity over the air.
Blog: Data Acquisition
Robotic floats — 4,000, in fact — are in the ocean, monitoring oxygen levels.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new algorithm finds robots the best path across uneven terrain — and the best placement for a robot’s arms and feet.
Blog: Materials
Researchers from the University of Minnesota discovered a way to convert "stubborn" metals like platinum and tungsten into thin films.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new pressure-sensor from MIT detects small and fast changes in pressure at the fingertip, such as from lightly rubbing fingers together.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
Researchers at North Carolina State University demonstrated a low-cost technique for retrieving — and then reusing — nanowires from electronic devices.
Blog: Software
A team of researchers at USC is helping artificial intelligence imagine the unseen.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn how a low-cost machine known as the 'Coventor' stacks up to a traditional ventilator.

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