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Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.<p>Undergoing final tests …

Farming

"Revolutionary" biofuel developed under wraps at Finnish, Swedish universities

A professor at Turku's Åbo Akademi and Sweden's Umeå University says he has managed to develop a fuel based entirely on biomass with the same …

Fossil Fuels

Neon-green lizard blood might be a key tool for fighting malaria

It sounds like the sort of magic reserved for comic books: neon-green blood from a group of geographically isolated lizards could wind up being a key to curing a vicious disease.<p>That scenario might very well transcend the imagination and become a reality, according to a study published this week in …

Breakthroughs

Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

A rock bass. Researchers have detected build-ups of human antidepressants in the brains of this fish species, among others, in the Niagara River, …

Great Lakes

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

<b>In a striking example of natural selection, the Bajau people of South-East Asia have developed bigger spleens for diving, a study shows.</b><p>The Bajau are traditionally nomadic and seafaring, and survive by collecting shellfish from the sea floor.<p>Scientists studying the effect of this lifestyle on their …

DIY Li-ion Battery Building Kit

Electronic enthusiasts, makers and hobbyists needing battery packs to power their projects may be interested in a new DIY lithium ion battery …

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

Male Stork Travels 14,000 Km Every Year to Be with His Handicapped Mate

The world’s most faithful male is a stork. Every year, for the past 16 years, he has flown 14,000 km from his winter home in South Africa to a small …

Ultra-fast-growing rhubarb makes incredibly weird sounds

"Forced rhubarb" is rhubarb grown to maturity in complete darkness -- during which it grows so rapidly it produces incredibly cool, weird sounds.<p>If …

Bodum ePebo Vacuum Coffee Maker

A lot of coffee has been drunk since our founder Peter Bodum introduced the Santos vacuum coffee pot back in the 1950s. It was revolutionary at the …

25 Animal Facts That Sound Fake But Are Actually Totally True

They don't teach you this stuff in school.

Zoology

This Eco-Friendly Engineer Is Using Plastic Waste To Build Roads Across Ghana

Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across Africa and a critical enabler for sustainable economic growth - but we do not have the …

Doctors inject lab-grown genes into boy's eyes to treat blindness

On the morning of March 20, eye surgeon Jason Comander injected viruses carrying lab-grown genes into the eyes of a boy whose vision had been …

8 quirky facts about the platypus

Platypuses are odd critters filled with surprises and mysteries.<p>It's possible to run out of adjectives when it comes to describing the platypus. This …

Doctors find virus in a pond, use it to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria in man's heart

After Yale doctors replaced a major blood vessel in a 76-year-old man's heart, his chest became infected with bacteria.<p>The usual solution would be to …

Start-up devours pollution with new plastic recycling method

<b>(CNN) —</b> Our appetite for plastic continues unabated. But rather than make more, what if we could make do with what we have?<p>Recycling plastic has been a stop-start endeavor, plagued by limitations caused by the large variety of plastics we churn out, waste contamination, and the energy-intensive …

Pollution

A 'Floating Fillet': Rice Farmers Grow Bugs To Replenish California's Salmon

Jacob Katz is on the hunt — not for geese or ducks. On a farm about 40 minutes north of Sacramento, he wades through a rice paddy with an aquarium net in hand. But he's not fishing.<p>"We're going bug hunting," Katz says.<p>The senior scientist for California Trout, a conservation group with a focus on …

Aquaponics

Cricket powder now sold in Canadian supermarkets

<b>Eating insects is finally going mainstream.</b><p>One of Canada's biggest food retailers announced yesterday that it has added cricket powder to its …

New-found stem cell helps regenerate lung tissue after acute injury: Implications for new approaches to repair damaged lung disease

Implications for new approaches to repair damaged lung disease<p>Researchers have identified a lung stem cell that repairs the organ's gas exchange …

World’s tiniest life-jacket

The Ploota is remarkable for a lot of reasons. The Sensor Controlled Swimming Safety Device sits around your neck, and will trigger when it comes in …

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene …

"Super wood" sports the strength of steel

Titanium alloys are some of the strongest materials we can build with, but they can be expensive. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland …

Engineering

These Bacteria Digest Toxic Metals And Poop Out Tiny Gold Nuggets

Handy.<p>No other life form on our planet has infiltrated every environment as successfully as the minuscule single cells of bacteria. Amongst their …

Biology

Orange cave crocodiles may be 'mutating' into new species

In 2008 an archaeologist discovered crocodiles living in remote caves in Gabon. Now, genetics hint that these weird cave crocodilians may be in the process of evolving into a new species.<p>It sounds like something out of a children’s book: it’s orange, it dwells in a cave and it lives on bats and …

Zoology

How chilly water might change emergency medicine forever

For more than 50 years, doctors have sought to exploit the protective effects of cold on the human body, and therapeutic hypothermia to chill a patient's body temperature by a few degrees is now used for conditions ranging from heart failure to brain injury.<p>But at the University of Maryland in …

Medicine

China is planting 16.3 million acres of forest this year

<b>The pollution-beleaguered country plans to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade.</b><p>I've always wondered …

Stinging nettles: A new approach to cancer

An innovative approach to cancer treatment utilizes a compound found in stinging nettles. While it's early days, the new treatment could offer more …

Meet the Woman Using CRISPR to Breed All-Male “Terminator Cattle” - MIT Technology Review

A graduate student was waiting for Alison Van Eenennaam in the doorway of her lab at the University of California, Davis. An Australian geneticist, …

Genetics

Ford is Auctioning What Might Be the First New Bullitt Mustang Next Week

We have no confirmation, but lots of telling clues.<p>Barrett-Jackson<p>Get ready for some wild speculation because Ford has dropped a big hint about the …

Scientists Make Coldest Liquid Water Ever, And It's Weirder Than They Imagined

You’re definitely familiar with water’s freezing point: 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). But that’s not the coldest water could be. …

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