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.

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Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
By the Lake, a Flying-Fish Robot Takes Off

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.
How do thermoplastic composites compare to the thermoset composites already in use for several decades? A Tech Briefs reader asks.
A reader asks an industry expert why adhesives are a better option for battery assembly in electric vehicles.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
How to Make a Transistor – From Thread

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.

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

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...

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

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.

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A reader asks: What role will emulation play in the verification of modern automotive solutions?
Our readers ask: How do you know that you have the right anode? How can you inspect the electrolyte or electrode material?
A team from the University of Pittsburgh looked to the butterfly to create a glass that is self-healing, liquid-repellant, and anti-fogging.
MIT's new way of automatically creating actuators is a bit like solving a Rubik's Cube.
A reader asks our industry expert: Will air taxis be influenced by military UAV standards?
Many of the technologies we use today – space blankets, hearing aids, food packaging – began on the Apollo 11 mission.
A new app opens up robotics to a large user base.
At Sensors Expo in San Jose, Innovusion (Los Altos, CA) debuted the Cheetah high-resolution, image-grade LiDAR system with long-distance capability.
The key to IoT implementation: Democratizing big data, says SST's Christopher Chong.