During the 18th and 19th centuries, the most sophisticated new technologies often focused on agriculture. During the space shuttle's November trip, the high-tech marvel of the 20th and 21st centuries also focused on agriculture. The shuttle carried an Agricultural Camera, which took visible and infrared images of growing crops, rangeland, grasslands, forests and wetlands in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions. The AgCam was built by students and faculty at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Those photos should benefit farmers and ranchers and help them protect the environment. It will also aid in flood monitoring and wild fire mapping.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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