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10 Jun

Farmers regularly battle the challenges of pests and weeds, creating a huge industry for the corporations creating herbicides and industrial weed killers. But that industry is facing one of its biggest challengers yet: technology.

Using artificial intelligence, a weedkilling robot in Switzerland can scan for weeds and zap them with weed killer much more efficiently than traditional methods. Although the robot is still in the testing phase, though, it faces opposition from the multibillion-dollar industry it threatens to disrupt. Herbicide sales make up nearly half of all pesticide sales, bringing in $26 billion each year.

08 Jun

Bicycles are a healthy, environmentally-friendly way to go short distances. But they have one major weakness when compared to taking a motorized vehicle. Aside from a backpack or trunk bag, there’s no way to carry purchases, and some items are too big or heavy for either of those carrier types.

Enter TReGo, a trolley that attaches to your bike to carry up to 40 pounds. Launched as a Kickstarter campaign, TReGo has a patented connector that replaces the bike’s front wheel. This means the trolley can be disconnected in a matter of seconds, then easily reconnected whenever you’re ready to go shopping again. This easy disconnect also makes it a breeze to transport your items once you arrive home.

06 Jun

A team of researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand recently announced plans for a quest to analyze everything that lives in the body of water known as Loch Ness.

And yes, that would include the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

Beginning in June 2018, the researchers, led by Professor Neil Gemmell, will rely on environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling of the lake's waters to find minuscule DNA traces deposited by life in the loch.

The team will then make a specific list of everything living in Loch Ness and compare that with lists made of the life in a few other lochs to determine how Loch Ness is different from those locations -- if, in fact, it even is.

04 Jun

Billed as "[t]he only Telehealth visit with a physical exam," TytoHome aims to provide comprehensive medical exams whenever and wherever people need them.

Here's how it works: First, the patient takes a Tyto exam via a machine, which uses "built-in guidance" to provide accurate readings. Next, the patient can forward that information to a physician for review; if a live video exam is preferred, that can take the place of forwarding recorded data.

Patients can receive exams that focus on heart health, heart rate, lungs, ears, skin, throat, and abdomen. Temperature readings can also be taken through a no-touch infrared basal thermometer.

02 Jun

If taking underwater selfies is your thing, you’ll want to check out this new watertight case for the iPhone. It addresses one shortcoming with many of the water-friendly cases that are on the market today: the need to actually use the touchscreen on a phone while underwater. The upcoming Amphipac uses a patent-pending AirScreen, which puts a low-pressure air pocket between two layers of film to provide the touch sensitivity necessary to send text messages, snap photos, type descriptions, and whatever else you need to do while swimming.

In addition to touch sensitivity, the Amphipac will also cause your iPhone to float on the water’s surface if you accidentally drop it. As with most waterproof cases, though, you’ll be limited in how deep you can dive. The Amphipac is only rated to go 16 feet below the surface. So, if you’re searching for a case you can use while scuba diving, you’ll need to keep looking.

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