Environment

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds a New Way to Drill Down

On August 9, NASA’s Curiosity rover picked up samples from one of the most intriguing locations on Mars: the Vera Rubin Ridge.

Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
A New Way to Replace Plastic Packaging: Crab Shells and Tree Fibers

For environmentalists looking to replace petroleum-based food packaging, a group of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology had a natural idea.

Blog : Materials
A ‘Green’ Concrete Calls for Less Cement, More Ash

A common material known as Portland cement already incorporates a small percentage of fly ash – a byproduct of coal-burning power plants. Researchers from Rice University are finding...

Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A New Approach to Solar-Powered Water Purification: Stay Cool
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have found a counter-intuitive way of improving the water-purification process: keeping things cool.
Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
Reusable ‘Oleo’ Sponge Soaks Up Oil Spills

A reusable sponge from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory cleans up spills – not in the kitchen, but on the coast.

Blog : Transportation
How to Control Vehicle Emissions: Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) or Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)?
What's the best platform for controlling vehicle emissions? "It depends!" says one engine expert.
Blog : Energy
Low-Cost Smart Glass? Electrical Engineers Look into It
A switchable window – one that transforms from a clear to tinted state – is not a new invention. What is new, however, is a “smart glass” that is low-cost.
Blog : Automotive
How Will the Rise of Electric Vehicles Impact the Power Grid? An Engineer Simulates the Effects

Thanks to lower costs and greater access to charging stations, the electric vehicle is finding its way into the neighborhood.

Blog : Imaging
The Top Tech Briefs Stories of 2017

With another year of Tech Briefs almost in the books, it's time to look at our most-read news articles of 2017.

Top stories included a look back at the life of Robert Goddard, and a look forward to...