Very large farmlands, like the research hazelnut orchard in Ronciglione, inevitably risk wasting water, pesticides, fertiliser

Very large farmlands, like the research hazelnut orchard in Ronciglione, inevitably risk wasting water, pesticides, fertiliser and other resources: all plants across large areas have to receive the same treatment, whether they need it or not. To solve this problem, researchers are working to make plant treatment more precise. “Precision farming allows us to carry out targeted treatments at the right time with the right quantities, depending on the actual needs of the plant — something that traditional agriculture today tends to neglect.” Determining the individual needs of each plant would take humans too much time and effort, so that’s where robots could help. This prototype is being developed to move around a hazelnut orchard autonomously, taking measurements of the trees. “We collect data with a laser scanner for 3D geometric reconstruction, and we use cameras to take multi-spectral and high-resolution images to assess the physical or health status of each tree.” The robots send their data to a centralised computer system, also developed by the European research project PANTHEON. An easy-to-use interface helps agronomists with everything they need to make their decisions — fr...

Florida researchers use 3D technology to preserve space program history

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2019 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. From America’s first satellite to its first reach for the stars, some of the Cape Canaveral sites built to launch the country’s space race and defense programs now look like ancient ruins. Now a team of Florida researchers is creating ways for future generations to appreciate the sites where man was launched to new frontiers through virtual reality. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – From John Glenn’s orbit of the earth to the Mercury Missions that led the United States into space, the historic sites built to launch the country’s space race and defense programs now look like ancient ruins. “The salt air is corrosive, so a lot of the metal parts are eroding,” explained Tom Penders, the cultural resources manager for the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Fla. “Every time there’s a tropical storm or hurricane, we have storm surges, beach erosion and large wind and rain events, it damages these launch complexes.” Models project that the ocean ...