This Insect-Sized Flying Robot Is Powered by Lasers

21 May 2018 – Outside the lab, insect-sized autonomous robots could prove as practical as their larger counterparts, the drones.Read more…


Scientists to turn chicken feathers into socks

27 March 2018 – Scientists are hard at work in a new R37m research laboratory in Durban, expecting to turn tonnes of chicken feathers into anything from shampoo to shirts, socks and reinforcement fibres for rockets. Read more…


Top five robotic systems to watch in agriculture

27 March 2018 – Robots – are they just a thing of the future? Many in the agriculture sector agree that the industry is heading in the direction of having more technology on the farm, which could even include robots. Read more…


Robo-picker grasps and packs

26 February 2018 – New robotic system could lend a hand with warehouse sorting and other picking or clearing tasks. Read more…


Artificial Intelligence Changes the Wine World

31 January 2018 – Technology has already changed how we make wine, so what effect will it have on how we drink it? Read more…


The future of food production: Robots revolutionising agriculture

23 January 2018 – Agriculture is one of the most basic and vital industries in the world as it provides us food and fuel necessary for our daily living. In the present age of rapid population growth and limited availability of land, agricultural production must increase to meet the growing demand. Moreover, in the current generation, most of the countries do not have enough skilled manpower to handle the agricultural tasks which are impacting their growth. Read more…


The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

29 November 2017 – As gains from the green revolution come up against limited natural resources, agriculture is poised for another major transformation according to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a keynote speech at the Chatham House think tank. Read more…


The Farms of the Future Will Be Automated From Seed to Harvest

31 October 2017 – Swarms of drones buzz overhead, while robotic vehicles crawl across the landscape. Orbiting satellites snap high-resolution images of the scene far below. Not one human being can be seen in the pre-dawn glow spreading across the land. Read more…


New research uses mussel shells to control grass grubs in vineyards

5 October 2017 – Mussel shells are already used to control weeds in vineyards and now may be able to repel destructive grass grubs too, new Lincoln University research suggests. Read more…