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2008-08-08 13:11:28

In a recent research project between tech firm Qinetiq and Aberystwyth University, an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was sent into the sky in hopes that one day the technology will be compatible with monitoring farmland in the UK. The plane crossed over fields in England and Whales while gauging the nitrogen levels in soil, to determine whether fertilizer was needed. "You don't need to put pilots in a vehicle where you are only collecting data, providing you can do it safely,"...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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