Alphabet is trialing solar-paneled, robotic buggies to inspect farm crops
Cameras and "machine perception tools" are then used to gather reams of data on the crops. This data – which includes plant height, fruit size and leaf area – is combined with other information such as weather and soil health. According to Mineral, its software tools can "help breeders understand and predict how different varieties of plants respond to their environments." By tracking the growth of plants over time, growers should also be able to make predictions relating to the size and yield of crops, it added. Mineral is currently working with breeders and growers in South Africa, Argentina, Canada and the U.S., and said it would continue to expand collaborations with organizations globally.cnbc.com
5.8M earthquake strikes central Virginia eight years ago Friday
Copyright 2019 CNNROANOKE, Va. - Do you remember August 23, 2011? On that day, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck in Mineral, Virginia. According to the Virginia Tech Global Seismological Lab, shaking could be felt within in a minute in Roanoke, Lynchburg and the Highlands. It took one-to-two minutes to be felt in the New River Valley and parts of Southside. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.