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How Drones Caused Travel Chaos At London’s Gatwick Airport

Passengers at the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened. (Reuters) London: Gatwick Airport in London reopened on Friday after a rogue drone saboteur wrought travel chaos for hundreds of thousands of Christmas travellers. The perpetrator, or perpetrators, have not yet been caught. Here are some details of the incident. What happened? Flights were halted at 2103 GMT on Wednesday after two drones were spotted near the airfield. The airstrip was reopened briefly on Thursday but had to be closed again after another sighting. By midday on Thursday,…

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Drones, tractor hacks and robotic sprayers: the technology of farming

Farming may not be the first industry that comes to mind when we think of technological advancement, but that’s changing — fast. Agricultural giant John Deere, for instance, just spent $305 million to buy a robotics company. The farm machine manufacturer has been around for almost two centuries, but it too has felt the need to keep up with changing trends and tools, says Deanna Kovar, a marketing director for John Deere. Its acquisition, Blue River Technology, is a startup that makes agricultural robots capable of identifying weeds and other unwanted plants, and dosing them with high-precision sprays of herbicide. The…

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