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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!

Syrup Becomes More Profitable Thanks to Tech

This piece looks at home the innovations in a field that is less than in the front of our minds when it comes to technoogy leaders. We are talking of course about the people who make maple syrup for a living and how systems of vaccum sealing have helped to make the industry more profitable for the farmers and the state.

Drone Technology To Be Used By Farmers

A look at the soon to be coming testing of new drones for use, not in the military, but in the farming industry. The testing, which will take place in the state of California, may just help to usher in a new generation of sensor drones that will help farmers to do their jobs more easily, manage large crops more simply and reduce the risks associated with chemical exposure.

Study Shows Farmers Embrace Tech Toys

Farmers may not exactly be who you would think of when you think of those people who are likely to embrace the technological revolution,but new research is showing that a growing number of farmers are actually making technology a part of their daily life in a bit to make their farms work better and run smoother than they did without the toys.

Scientific First: Turtles That Pee From Their Mouths

Biologists from the University of Singapore have discovered that a certain Chinese soft-shelled turtle, well-adapted to living at the bottom of brackish (salty) muddy swamps, coming to the surface to breathe the air, would immerse their heads in puddles when their swamps dry up.  To you and I, such an observation might not cause even the slightest curiosity, but to Y. K. Ip and his team, it was curiosity that led them to discover a truly unique animal - a turtle that pees through its mouth.

Size Of Tiger Brain Challenges Scientific Assumptions About Social Animals

At Oxford University, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) has been studying the brain size of four large cats -- leopards, jaguars, lions and tigers -- in relation to their average overall size. The largest brain by length measurement is the lion's , but the volume of the tiger's brain, contrary to the researchers' expectation, is larger than the lion's brain relative to body size. So what's the big deal?