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.

News: Aerospace
Editor Bruce A. Bennett offers a look at the Association of the United States Army's 2019 Annual Meeting.
News: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Tech Briefs reader asks: What's next with military motion control?
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new drone “folds” itself into configurations that suit a given environment.
Blog: Energy
Inventor Olivier Ceberio found a new way to turn ocean waves into fresh water.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Copper cables send data around today's vehicles. "Why not fiber optics?" asks a reader.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn more about ULiSSES, a life-saving device for organ and limb transport.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See what a vehicle can do as its data communication rates get faster and faster.
Blog: Propulsion

A lake is usually a picture of serenity, perhaps the last place you’d expect to find a flying-fish robot launching itself 85 feet in the air.

Blog: Propulsion
NASA is set to return to the Moon in 2024. But why the lunar south pole?
Blog: Aerospace

It took over 3,000 pouches of spaceflight food, but Timothy Goulette and Hang Xiao ultimately created a mathematical model that NASA will soon use to ensure that its...

Blog: Imaging
Two industry experts respond to a Tech Briefs reader question.
Blog: Materials
Stanford Professor Eric Pop learned a valuable electronics lesson from his early days as a radio DJ.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new NASA challenge asks university teams to find new ways to drill down to the ice on the Moon and Mars.
Blog: Automotive
How do thermoplastic composites compare to the thermoset composites already in use for several decades? A Tech Briefs reader asks.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
A reader asks an industry expert why adhesives are a better option for battery assembly in electric vehicles.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Tufts University engineers are making transistors from a material you’re more likely to see in a fabric store than in the field of electronics.

Blog: Test & Measurement
"Actually it was not something we really planned!" Dr. Andrew Salmon told Tech Briefs.
Blog: Materials
How much does windshield glazing matter when cars drive themselves?
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers from Newcastle University continue to explore the source of Mars' mysterious methane.
Blog: Internet of Things
The Tumaini app will could help farmers spot pests and disease before it's too late.
Blog: Propulsion
Lockheed Martin's Rob Chambers is working on a spacecraft that will bring astronauts back to the lunar surface.
Blog: Aerospace

NASA is planning a return to the Moon and an exploration-mission to Mars, but how will the human body hold up in microgravity for long...

Blog: Automotive
A new-and-improved system from Stanford University captures light from a greater variety of surfaces, allowing a wider, farther imagery than ever before.
Blog: Energy

Scientists from Caltech and Northwestern University have found a way to generate electricity by combining saltwater with one of life's more undesirable compounds: rust.

Blog: Propulsion
Sign up now to hear how NASA plans to get back to the Moon by 2024.
Blog: Automotive
A reader asks: What role will emulation play in the verification of modern automotive solutions?
Blog: Test & Measurement
Our readers ask: How do you know that you have the right anode? How can you inspect the electrolyte or electrode material?
Blog: Imaging
A team from the University of Pittsburgh looked to the butterfly to create a glass that is self-healing, liquid-repellant, and anti-fogging.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
MIT's new way of automatically creating actuators is a bit like solving a Rubik's Cube.

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