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10 Ancient Murder Mysteries We’ll Never Solve

Murder is as old as mankind. The archaeological record is littered with victims of ritual killings, revenge, rival culling, and genocide. Here is a …

Hi-tech farming: Can Rajasthan make the desert bloom?

Neat furrows of cabbage, uniformly spaced cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and pomegranates, and exotic fruits, make the International Horticulture …

India

As Trump targets immigrants, U.S. farm sector looks to automate | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Convincing big U.S. dairy owners to buy robots to milk their cows - and reduce the farmhands they employ - used to be a tough sell for Steve Fried. Recently, his job has gotten easier, he says, in part because of President Donald Trump.<p>A crew harvests romaine lettuce by hand …

Girls have had it tough in China for nearly 3,000 years

­As women across the world fight for recognition of their rights and equal representation, a recent archaeological discovery in the north of China shows why undoing discrimination is such an uphill struggle: Sexism is ancient.<p>A team of paleontologists led by Ekaterina Pechenkina, professor of …

2 Blind Hens Rescued From Failed Backyard Operations Become BFFs (PHOTOS) - One Green Planet

They say “love is blind.” No truer words have ever been spoken when it comes to Daredevil and Pippie, two rescue hens living at Farm Sanctuary. …

Chinese uni student earns extra $9k monthly by farming... cockroaches

What kind of job would you do for an extra S$9,000 a month?<p>For a Chinese student, Tong, it's a job of the most horrifying nature, which involves …

Bioengineering

The farmer’s new friend could be good for everyone: super-precise drones

When most urban people think of farming, it’s some amalgam of <i>American Gothic</i>, John Deere tractors, Walker Evans’s Dust Bowl photography, a Farmersonly.com ad, and a Levi’s commercial. That image is steadily being updated to include the operation of drones. As <i>Modern Farmer</i> notes, the future of …

John Deere brings farming into the future with self-driving equipment

Smart combines and tractors are helping farmers get even more efficient.

Factory Farming Worker Saves Hen After Realizing She Didn't Want to Die - One Green Planet

While some people might wish to believe otherwise, 99.9 percent of chickens in the U.S. are raised in factory farms. According to Farm Sanctuary, at …

Robots are already taking farm workers' jobs

At Lakeside Organic Gardens, a vegetable farm on California's central coast, field-workers bundled up against the sun are thinning lettuce crops, …

Farming

How a new source of water is helping reduce conflict in the Middle East

The pipe is so large I could walk through it standing upright, were it not full of Mediterranean seawater pumped from an intake a mile offshore.<p>"Now, that's a pump!" Edo Bar-Zeev shouts to me over the din of the motors, grinning with undisguised awe at the scene before us.<p>The reservoirs beneath us …

A Quest to Map the Seafloor by 2030

Tech & Science Oceans<p>The unknown hit the <i>USS San Francisco</i> like a torpedo. On January 8, 2005, the nuclear submarine was barreling along at 38 miles …

Fstoppers - Photography News and Community for Creative Professionals

Sometimes a background element distracts from the focus of an image too much, but it can't be avoided in the composition. That's where this video …

3tags.org

10 DIY Outdoor Swings That'll Make Warm Nights Even Better

Boho Chic

FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky will soon be home to a large indoor vertical garden installed in part of a 24 acre campus, FarmedHere has announced. This indoor …

Nigerian minister claims $6.8bn of public funds stolen in seven years

Scores of people, including former governors, cabinet ministers and government workers, stole $6.8bn from Nigeria’s public purse over seven years, the information minister has claimed.<p>Lai Mohammed made the allegations as he kicked off a corruption awareness campaign appealing to Nigerians to join …

Africa

Seaweed Farming May Be the Prescription for Troubled Waters

Even in the dead of winter, the Gulf of Maine is a vibrant place. Birds, crabs, and fish abound. Tiny plumes of smoke rise from the homes of Mainers living along the well-populated Southern coast.<p>But the sea is changing. The Gulf has warmed faster than any body of water in the world, with climate …

Aquaculture

The Problem With Peasant Farming Is That The Farmers Have To Live Like Peasants

There’s a really delightful little essay over at Salon about the trials and tribulations of someone trying to make a living as a small scale farmer. Her point being that despite the vast amounts of labour that she and her partner throw at their 10 acres they’re not in fact able to make anything …

Agriculture

The phone in your pocket is a good predictor of what other gadgets you might buy

Whatever your cause for indulging, the final six weeks of the year generally are a popular time for gift-giving, something retailers could not be …

The House just passed a massive, trillion-dollar spending bill to avert a government shutdown

The House has passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September.<p>It's a peaceful end in the House to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican demands of President Barack Obama.<p>The 316-113 vote sends the bill to the Senate.<p>Senators are expected vote …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Taxpayer-backed solar plant actually a carbon polluter

Even as the Obama administration announces another $120 million in grants to boost solar energy, new reports indicate a centerpiece of the administration's green-energy effort is actually a carbon polluter.<p>Located in Southern California's Mojave Desert, the $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric …

The farm-to-table backlash is here

That chicken—is it local?<p>Fans of <i>Portlandia</i> will recall the sketch from the show’s first season, where two absurdly earnest diners badger their …

Nigeria increasingly crippled as fuel shortage worsens

Nigeria's severe fuel shortage has started to cause widespread disruption to everyday services, with the telecommunications and banking sectors the latest hit hard by the worsening crisis.<p>A major Nigerian bank announced on Monday that it would close all branches at 1pm local time, after major …

Ely Parker, The Civil War’s Native American General

Called a “real American” by Robert E. Lee, Parker was a uniquely American success story.<p>Most anniversary commemorations of the Confederacy’s …

Eating a Burger or Driving a Car: Which Harms Planet More?

Up to 93 million cows and counting—find out how our reliance on industrial feedlots is affecting the environment.<p>They provide us with beef and milk, the gel coating for pills, soap, ice cream, baseballs, and printing ink. But our dependence on cattle, especially the beef we consume in larger …

Agriculture

Desolenator churns out clean drinking water using solar power

Desalination may one day prove the savior for regions of the world where clean drinking water is scarce, but current technology dictates that this …

Your Food Is Going To Be Grown By Robots, As They Take Over The Farm

Self-driving tractors. Robots that do the weeding. The days of the farmhand may be numbered.<p>The automation of agriculture is upon us. There are already dozens of robots churning around the countryside–chopping, weeding, digging, and pot-moving–and, in the future, there’ll likely be many more. …