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Now Rover Can Play While You're Away

We all have dogs that need attention and playtime more than we have time to share. It is unfair to them, and in many ways unhealthy as well. Most dogs can remain healthy, physically and psychologically, if they are allowed to exercise everyday and allowed to run about and play. This is in addition to the daily walks that they must have to facilitate better gastrointestinal health.

Weed As A Brand: Starbucks Or Botwin Pot Stores? Fact Or Fiction? [Video]

After eight successful seasons on HBO, the acclaimed award-winning series, "Weeds" ended its run in 2012 with matriarch Nancy Botwin dealing in a world that finally legalized marijuana. With plot lines that followed a mother and widow of two children rise in the weed business, Nancy's chain of pot stores became so overwhelmingly successful by the end of Season 8, Starbucks was written into the script securing a bid to buy them.

Cicadas, Going Nowhere At The Speed Of Light

In A Tale of Two Cities, when Charles Dickens penned his famous quote, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times," while he was relating how opposing factions viewed the French Revolution, one might make a similar observation regarding the return of the cicadas.

Can Shepard Robots Keep The Flock In Line?

When it comes to herding sheep the job is usually done by dogs. One graduate student, currently at Harper Adams University College, has designed  a UAV, or unmanned areal vehicle, in hopes of doing the job. The bot has been successful in the controlled tests. No one has asked the sheep what they think. 

RentAGoat.com: When Business Innovation Meets Low Tech

Using the internet to develop and market an innovative idea doesn’t need to be a hairy experience, but this green landscaping company is the exception to that rule! Let’s take a closer look at RentAGoat.com’s innovative business:

Give A Solution That Is A Cut Above The Competition To Win €4.000 From The Pöttinger Engineering Contest!

European farm equipment producer Pöttinger is looking for help, and if you can revamp one of their existing harvesting tools to slice plants in a neat and orderly manner, you’ll walk away with a nice cash prize for thinking outside of the box!

Sometimes Innovation Means Less Not More for Farms

A new conference, the Tanzania Agro-Business Expo 2013, hopes to get farmers to not till thier soli. The educational conference is touting the idea of a much less invasive method of sowing seeds. The only question is will the farmers take to the idea? We will find out this summer. 

Move Over Dolly, Here Are The GLOWIES! Scientists Create Glow-In-The-Dark Sheep... Because They Can

Dolly, the first animal cloned from adult animal stem cells, is no longer alive to see the latest bovine specimens of human intervention... nine glow-in-the-dark lambs born to a ewe whose DNA received a shot of green florescent protein (GFP), the gene found in Aequorea victory jellyfish.  Despite the undeniably great scientific breakthrough these lambs have accomplished, they, unlike Dolly, will probably not achieve her fame, for these bioluminescent sheep are being numbered one through nine, rather than named.      

Look Whose Milking Cows: Robots!

When it comes to milking the cows humans may soon be a thing of the past. This piece looks at the use of a new set of robot cow caretakers. The robots, who can deal with the milking and the feeding of about 60 cows each, are designed to work wih the farmer and his or her new smart phone app. This gives farmers some degree of daily freedom from their chores .

Invent An Enrichment Toy For The Hogle Zoo’s Animals Contest! (Video)

Would you like to make a zoo animal’s day even more fun? Create a fresh take on an enrichment toy for Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and you’ll do just that!