While the country bumpkin farmer stereotype might suggest otherwise, driving a tractor is difficult, requiring precision skills. Now Flemish engineers have announced a new self-driving tractor whose precision rivals that of a human driver. This could mean drastically lower operating costs for farmers, and a step towards automated agriculture.
The European Southern Observatory's newest telescope has collected its first images of the cosmos, capturing some stunning images of the Tarantula Nebula and making a good case for the virtues of telecommuting. Trappist, as the telescope is called, resides at the La Silla observatory on the edge of the Atacama Desert in Chile, but it is operated from a control room in Belgium, nearly 7,500 miles away.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.