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Grub’s up!

AG Blog

Eating insects is growing in popularity. Are they just a trendy addition to city restaurants, or might they be the solution to feeding the planet’s burgeoning population?

VIDEO: Will robots be the farmers of the future?

Science & Environment

IN AUSTRALIA ALONE, we already have firefighting robots that can be remotely driven into a hot zone; agricultural robots (such as the robot developed by Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics that can be seen in the video autonomously tackling weeds) that can spray, weed, prune, harvest and spot disease; domestic robots that scoot around our lounge-room… View Article

GALLERY: Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Science & Environment

Six antennas huddle on the grassy 147ha site at Paddys River in the Tidbinbilla Valley, just under an hour’s drive from Canberra. One is a landscape-dwarfing dish as wide as a 22-story building is tall. Dotted around are three working 34m dishes and one under construction. The CDSCC is owned by NASA, but it is run through the innovation centre at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, as well as by the CSIRO. It is one of three deep-space tracking stations in NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) – the others are in Goldstone, California, and Madrid, Spain. The tracking stations are strategically placed around the globe, so that, as the Earth rotates, they can stay in touch with interplanetary spacecraft 24 hours a day. The DSN provides the vital link to the spacecraft of many nations travelling between the planets and beyond.