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All The Dreamy Drone Businesses The FAA's Proposed Rules Would Kill

There are plenty of very good, fun, and helpful things that drones can do — things like monitoring crops and delivering beer and saving lives. Unfortunately, over the weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the first draft of its rules for commercial drones, and guess what? The rules would make a lot of those things illegal.


13 Fascinating Farming Robots That Will Feed Humans Of The Future

Among other predictions, Interstellar offered us some clues about the future of farming. Long story short: It’s all about the robots. From field scouting drones to robotic harvesters, the industry that keeps you fed is becoming totally dominated by autonomous machines.


Have We Hit Peak Food? 

Better question: What are we doing about peak food? The world hit peak wheat in 2004, peak eggs in 1993, and peak dairy way back 1989 — all according to a recent study in Ecology and Society that leads to the worrisome conclusion we could be running out of food.


Meet An Icicle Farmer 

To most of us, icicles grow naturally, usually off the roofs of poorly insulated houses. But at Utah-based Ice Castles, man-made icicle farms are growing 15,000 icicles a day. How else do you think giant ice palaces get built? Welcome to the world of icicle farming.


Monster Machines: This Mobile Cider Maker Bottles Juice Right In The Orchard

Canadian orchards face an enviable problem: they’re over-productive, resulting in heaps of apples, pears and cherries left to rot each season because it’s simply too expensive to transport, store and process them. But that’s where this mobile cider mill comes in.


Your Lettuce Could Come From An Old Semiconductor Factory

In a factory that once made floppy disks, herbs are growing. Inside an old semiconductor factory, there’s lettuce taking root. Oddly enough, electronics factories make great farms. And Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic are swapping industrial infrastructure for a business that’s as old as civilisation itself.


Nutella Consumes 25% Of The World's Hazelnut Crop

Bad news, dudes. After unwelcome spring frost in decimated nearly a quarter of Turkey’s hazelnut crop, there is real fear that we’re now facing a Nutella shortage. That’s because the production of Nutella consumes 25 per cent of the world’s hazelnut crop. And naturally, less crop means less Nutella.


The Quest To Resurrect An Extinct Animal Without Cloning

Before there was the cow, there was the auroch, a sinewy beast that roamed Eurasia by the millions. And over thousands of years, humans bred the creature into the millions of milk-and-steak-machines we have today. The last auroch, however, died in the 17th century. A group of scientists now want to bring back the auroch by selectively breeding modern cows — domestication, but in reverse.


This Australian Invention Destroys Seeds Of Nasty Mutant Weeds In The Combine

Combines are a modern farming miracle, separating grain from chaff in a matter of seconds. But that chaff — often full of seeds from herbicide-resistant weeds — gets blown right back onto the field. Enter the clever Harrington Seed Destructor, which grinds the pesky and unwanted seeds into oblivion.


Monster Machines: The World's Most Badass Combine Harvester Will Shuck Your Mind

For untold centuries, humanity manually harvested and threshed our grains to separate the literal wheat from the chaff. The advent of combine harvesters — those that both harvest and thresh the grains in a single, automated process — however has vastly increased our ability to cultivate crops. And the new CR10.90 from New Holland does it better than anyone.