Karen Dodds

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The crop-spraying drones that go where tractors can't

<b>Something unusual is happening on farms in the small Central American nation of El Salvador. Many fields, mainly of sugar cane, are now being tended by drones.</b><p>Large unmanned hexacopters fitted with 20-litre tanks for carrying fertiliser or pesticides follow pre-mapped routes and spray crops …

Farming

Robert Redford: Greatest film roles in pictures

<b>A look back at Robert Redford's film roles, after the 81-year-old announced his retirement from acting.</b><p><b>Photographs subject to copyright.</b>

Comedy-Drama

Nasa names astronauts for first commercial flights

<b>Nasa has named the astronauts who will fly the first missions into space on commercially provided rockets and capsules, starting next year.</b><p>The nine individuals will go up on systems developed by - and contracted from - the Boeing and SpaceX firms.<p>Most have previous experience in orbit. Among them …

Space Exploration

Wallace the mule refused permission to compete in dressage

<b>A rider whose mule was refused permission to compete in top dressage events hopes to rewrite the rule book.</b><p>Fed up with horses on her team going lame, Christie Mclean, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, asked British Dressage if she could enter rescue mule Wallace the Great instead.<p>But to her surprise …

Celebrating the flower growers of Britain

We are a nation of farmers, of gardeners, of flower lovers, and our cut flower industry is worth more than two billion pounds a year. Photographer Tessa Bunney has been documenting the work of flower growers, and here we share some of her work to mark British Flowers Week..<p>Flower farms were once a …

Can the science of autophagy boost your health?

<b>A little-known scientific process is being hailed as the new way to lose weight, look younger and prolong life.</b><p>Autophagy is a natural regeneration process that occurs at a cellular level in the body, reducing the likelihood of contracting some diseases as well as prolonging lifespan.<p>In 2016, …

Nobel Prize

Monty Don

As my birthday is in July, it marks the beginning and end of my personal year and certainly during the course of the month there is a seasonal shift …

How does your garden grow?

As part of National Gardening Week, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Sheffield University are asking the public to show and tell them what it is they enjoy most about their gardens, to better understand how people interact with them.<p>Here, familiar gardening faces share their photographs …

Gardening

Australia to fund Great Barrier Reef restoration and protection

<b>Australia has pledged A$500 million (£275m; $379m) to protect the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.</b><p>In recent years, the reef has lost 30% of its coral due to bleaching linked to rising sea temperatures and damage from crown-of-thorns starfish.<p>The funding will be used to reduce the runoff of …

Great Barrier Reef

How to grow fruit in small gardens

An ample acreage of your own is the aspiration of many gardeners, but having a modest plot need not dampen your grow-your-own goals. Here, we share …

The History About Each Vegetable

History of vegetables reaches the most distant years of modern humankind, when hunter gatherers exited the Africa and started spreading across entire …

Vegetable seeds to sow in April

April is a busy time in the veg garden, as lots of seeds can be sown this month. Now that the days are longer and warmer, you can start sowing some …

BBC Terrific Scientific - How to grow plants from kitchen scraps

Think twice before throwing your kitchen waste into the recycling bin! Click on the picture below to find out how you can regrow some terrific plants from your everyday scraps.

Gardening

Home

Blightwatch will send you a daily alert whenever a Hutton Criteria is forecast near your location.<p>You can select up to 10 postcode regions to have …

18 Cakes That Are Funnier Than They Have A Right To Be

I'd 100% still eat all of these.

Dessert

10 delicious new edible varieties from Hyde Hall's Global Growth Vegetable Garden

Bored with broccoli? Tired of tomatoes? Why not take a cue from Hyde Hall’s brand new Global Growth Vegetable Garden, and grow some new edible …

Rethinking the Briefing

On Aug. 14, 2013, an Airbus A300-600 freighter experienced a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) fatal accident during a localizer non-precision …

Think again: Will circular runways ever take off?

Hacking

Pretty wildflowers you can eat

In a new twist on the trend for edible flowers, bespoke playhouse specialists Wallgarden have launched a new seed mix of pretty and edible …

Gardening

Castle Hill Garden

BBC Terrific Scientific - Corpse flowers and flinching leaves: Six amazing plants!

Corpse flowers and flinching leaves: Six amazing plants!<p>Take a look at some of the strangest, scariest and most wonderful plants on the planet, and find out what makes them so special.<p>The corpse flower<p>The biggest flower of any plant on Earth is found on the Rafflesia arnoldii plant in the …

Rainforests

Amelia Earhart: Does photo show she died a Japanese prisoner?

<b>A newly-discovered photo suggests legendary US pilot Amelia Earhart might have died in Japanese custody - and not in a plane crash in the Pacific.</b><p>If true, it would solve one of aviation history's biggest mysteries.<p>Earhart vanished during a 1937 flight over the Pacific - and her disappearance has …

Airplanes

Amelia Earhart: Island bones 'likely' belonged to famed pilot

<b>Bones discovered on a Pacific island in 1940 are "likely" to be those of famed pilot Amelia Earhart, according to a US peer reviewed science journal.</b><p>Earhart, her plane, and her navigator vanished without a trace in 1937 over the Pacific Ocean. Many theories have sought to explain her …

Anthropology

10 best vegetable crops for shade

Although a sunny spot is ideal for most fruit and vegetables, many vegetable crops, including beetroot, radish and salad leaves, will grow in …

Gender equality: Actor Michael Sheen 'would take pay cut'

<b>Actor Michael Sheen has said he would "absolutely" take a pay cut if it meant being paid the same as an actress.</b><p>Speaking at a March4Women event in London, he said it was "absolutely imperative" that people were "paid the same for doing the same work".<p>London Mayor Sadiq Khan was among those …

Emmeline Pankhurst

Fix-and-Freeze Dinnertime Muffin Pan Recipes

The sheet pan just got some serious competition.<p>Every Southern cook knows that muffin tins are great for making, well, muffins. But the …

The Ultimate Guide To DIY Off Grid Solar Power

Humanity has survived since the dawn of time without electricity, yet today’s society would collapse in an instant should the grid go down for any …

Scottish government warns employers over snow days pay docking

<b>Scottish ministers are considering action against employers for docking the wages of staff who could not make it to work because of the bad weather.</b><p>The public was advised not to travel during the worst of the snow last week.<p>Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said he had been contacted by …

Scottish Government

Arctic stronghold of world's seeds reaches one million mark

<b>The vault storing the world's most precious seeds is taking delivery on Monday of consignments that will take it to the one million mark.</b><p>More than 70,000 crops will be added to frozen storage chambers buried deep within a mountain in the Arctic Circle.<p>Cereal staples, unusual crops like the Estonian …

Arctic Circle

Meet the farmer who found happiness in an ancestral way of life

<b>French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon has shunned modern techniques such as machinery and pesticides, choosing the manual subsistence farming methods once followed by his peasant ancestors.</b><p>Reuters photographer Stephane Mahe spent seven days with Jean-Bernard and his partner Laurence in Riec-sur-Belon, a …

Farming