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Documentary on the DRM-breaking farmers who just want to fix their tractors, even if they have to download bootleg Ukrainian firmware to do it

Motherboard's short documentary, "Tractor Hacking: The Farmers Breaking Big Tech's Repair Monopoly" is an <i>excellent</i> look at the absurd situation …

The farmers growing food across frigid northern latitudes

Although frost has arrived in most subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere, farmers still carry on even in the most extreme cold climates with …

Northwest Territories

Why sustainability is the key driver of innovation

The UN's sustainable development goal is to enhance scientific research, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries by 2030.<p><b>We continue our</b> …

Ever Dreamed of Going Off the Grid?

<i>In an age of ever-expanding, boundary-pushing innovations in food, reliable information is more vital than ever. Keeping in mind the timeless wisdom of previous generations, we're exploring the exciting work by research scientists and entrepreneurs in the field, and have partnered with Organic</i> …

Off-grid

PS4 Monster Hunter World Beta Now Available To Pre-Load

Monster Hunter World's free PlayStation 4 beta takes place this weekend, but players who are looking forward to trying the monster-slaying action game can start preparing for it now (you can also read our Monster Hunter World review). The beta is available to pre-load from the PlayStation Store, …

Monster Hunter World

This Country Is Leading the World in Ending Food Waste

Because of its strict zero food waste policies, sustainable agricultural practices, and the healthy eating habits of its people, France has retained …

Why You Might Not Recognize Cybersecurity In A Few Years

It’s already been an exciting <b>National Cybersecurity Awareness Month</b>. More than “an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity,” as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describes it, October began with bicameral congressional hearings into the high-profile …

Cyber-attacks

Agrobiodiversity Is Disappearing at a Time When We Need It Most

Global shifts of urbanization, migration, markets, and climate can be compatible with agrobiodiversity, but other powerful forces are undermining …

This Is Why Jeff Bezos Is Spending Millions on an Indoor Farming Startup

The results could very well change the way you eat fruits and vegetables<p>With the amount of farmable acreage seemingly shrinking all the time, access to fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to come by. Small-scale produce can be prohibitively expensive, and cheaper options from far-flung corners …

Jeff Bezos

Humans are the "dominant cause" of global warming, according to the latest U.S. government study

Solid Evidence<p>In June of 2017, <i>The New York Times</i> received a draft copy of a government report on climate change prepared by a team of scientists from …

Why the next Tesla should take on agriculture

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>There's a strong business case for climate action …

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A high tunnel is a plastic-covered structure that is used to grow crops. It can be temporary or set in place. Crops are usually grown in the ground …

Heating System

This Vertical Farm Wants To Be An Agriculture Company, Not A Tech Company

FreshBox Farms is going big by focusing on harvests, not proprietary growing systems.<p>As the indoor farming industry has taken off in the last several years–over the next 10 years, indoor farming is expected to account for 50% of leafy green production, and grow to a $42 billion industry–it’s become …

How Africa's Data Revolution Can Deliver Sustainable Development Outcomes

The data revolution in Africa is characterised by increasing amounts of data now being produced at faster speeds, by more actors (beyond the State) …

Lightyear One solar electric car charges itself and will have a 500-mile range

<b>A Dutch startup is planning to bring a completely solar-powered electric car to market, which could theoretically let some drivers go for months</b> …

Solar Panels

Hemp: The misguided story of marijuana's cousin

EDENWOLD — When Rod Flaman first started growing hemp, all his neighbours thought he was crazy.<p>“I’ve been growing it for 10 years. Not one of my …

3 Top Solar Stocks to Buy Now

There are some big opportunities in solar energy, and these three stocks approach the market from very different angles.<p>Solar stocks have been …

Farmer crisis: Are we a nation of dimwits and freeloaders unable to think beyond freebies?

The Narendra Modi government is desperately trying to douse the fire of a pan-India farmer crisis—incidentally, its own creation-- using all tools at …

The 8 Lessons Entrepreneurs Could Learn From Farmers

Embracing a farmer's work ethic will do more than put food on your table.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s a saying in farm country: “Don’t ever bet against farmers.” Farmers must grow their businesses while constantly battling declining profit margins, industry …

$13K DIY electric car made from recycled parts has 380+ mile range

<b>In a bid to highlight what he calls "hybrid recycling," Eric Lundgren converted a '97 BMW into an electric car that has a longer driving range than</b> …

Electric Vehicles

Think Wind Turbines and Solar Panels Are Fads? Think Again

Wind power and solar power generated 10% of U.S. electricity in March, and both sources continue to grow at a rapid clip, displacing more-expensive …

Unintended Consequences: Cities and States May Double Down on Clean Energy After Trump Leaves Paris Agreement

Energy policy is driven by local governments, and some mayors and governors may be ready to take the lead on renewable energy.<p>When President Donald …

Brexit and the coming food crisis: ‘If you can’t feed a country, you haven’t got a country’

Britain’s food production depends on seasonal migrant labour from the EU. What will happen to those workers after Brexit? And how will it change the industry?<p>On 24 June last year, the few hundred residents of a temporary village, hidden from view in the middle of a West Sussex soft fruit farm, …

What computer science can teach us about happiness

Where do you go for most of your answers these days? Google. And it's no surprise that Google's a company full of engineers. Engineers solve …

Machine Learning

The Single Shining Hope to Stop Climate Change

Science is under attack at the very moment when we need it most. President Donald Trump’s March 28 executive order went much further than simply …

Depressed about climate change? There’s a 9-step program for that.

<i>This story was originally published by Fusion and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>One recent weeknight, ten people …

Top 7 Ways to Get Rich Quick in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild Feature: 7 Ways to Get Rich in Hyrule<p>When we were promised a new Legend of Zelda title like never before, we had no idea what to …

A brilliant sci-fi thriller imagines how the massive floods of climate change could transform Earth

Robinson's past books mostly been set in space — on interstellar starships or amid the long terraforming project of the planet Mars — but they've centered on questions of how we treat planet Earth. Is this fragile environment portable? Can we fix it if we break it? What is there left to do if we …

Pokémon Fans Are Painting Collectors' Cards

Gotta paint 'em all!<p>For collectors of Pokémon trading cards, there's bound to be a crossroads that you hit eventually, consisting of one simple question: "<i>What do I do with all these cards?</i>" Sure, you could keep them in a box in your room for a rainy day, or you could sell them (especially if you …

Pokémon

A Company in Japan Just Broke the World Record for Solar Panel Efficiency

The Rise of Solar Power<p>Solar power is certainly on the rise around the world. There are massive solar power generating installations across Asia, …