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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to Fix Satellites — With Satellites
If a satellite breaks in orbit, there's not much that can be done. A professor envisions a new idea for refueling and repair.

Tech Briefs in 2019 celebrated historic NASA anniversaries, new ways to power electronics, and innovative hacks of our “smartest” technologies.

Parylene coatings are being used in the medical industry and even space. Our expert explains why.
New ceramics expand on ways to more efficiently use heat radiation.
New measurements could help experts guess the location and size of the next earthquake.
Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Aluminum Joining Methods: Welding vs. Adhesives
Our expert examines the pros and cons of welding, adhesives, and other metal joining methods.
Computed tomography is being used in the medical and industrial field. An expert explains how the two imaging techniques differ.
A new charging cell wants to use low-grade heat from our industrial processes to power our devices.
What's the best aluminum for extrusion? A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert.
A team in Germany has a quicker, cleaner approach to welding metal to plastic: The HPCI® Joining Gun.
Livox uses machine learning to ease communication.
A minimal, map-less approach to drone navigation takes after the bee.
The 'Biode' saves power by eliminating the need for AC/DC conversion.
The ULiSSES device preserves organs, without the ice chest.
Ben Sharfi, CEO of General Micro Systems (GMS), says he has the Product of the Year. Do you agree?
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
AUSA 2019: Eyes in the Sky
It just wouldn’t be a military technology show without a few drones on display.
News : RF & Microwave Electronics
AUSA 2019: Military Preps for Open Sensor Standards
SOSA, the Sensor Open Systems Architecture Consortium, held a press conference on Monday afternoon at AUSA 2019.
Editor Bruce A. Bennett offers a look at the Association of the United States Army's 2019 Annual Meeting.
A Tech Briefs reader asks: What's next with military motion control?
A new drone “folds” itself into configurations that suit a given environment.
Inventor Olivier Ceberio found a new way to turn ocean waves into fresh water.
Copper cables send data around today's vehicles. "Why not fiber optics?" asks a reader.
Learn more about ULiSSES, a life-saving device for organ and limb transport.
See what a vehicle can do as its data communication rates get faster and faster.

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.

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

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...

Two industry experts respond to a Tech Briefs reader question.
Stanford Professor Eric Pop learned a valuable electronics lesson from his early days as a radio DJ.
A new NASA challenge asks university teams to find new ways to drill down to the ice on the Moon and Mars.

Webcasts

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High-Powered Directed Energy Laser Projects: Destroy the Target,...

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Optical Coating Design

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Advantages of Smart Servo Steppers vs. Smart Brushless Servos

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Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

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Collaborative Robots: Are They as Safe as They Sound?