Field of machines: Researchers grow crop using only automation

(CNN)A farm in the United Kingdom is the first in the world to successfully plant, tend and harvest a crop without a single person ever setting foot in the field, according to researchers and developers involved in the project. The automated farm was a joint venture by Harper Adams

Fed to Pack Up Crisis Tool, Debate Next Hike: Decision-Day Guide

Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates again this year? That’s the big question investors are hoping policy makers clarify when they conclude a two-day meeting Wednesday.Fed officials are widely expected to leave rates unchanged as they announce a start date for the gradual unwinding of the U.S. central bank’s

The Future of Shopping Has No Clothes

When shoppers walk into the new Nordstrom store in West Hollywood, Calif., next month, they’ll find tailors altering suits and stylists doling out advice. They’ll be able to sip some wine or cold-pressed juice, and maybe even get a manicure as they choose a new wardrobe. What they won’t be able to

Maria Latest Threat to Puerto Rico After $1 Billion Irma Hit

Hurricane Maria was on course to hit Puerto Rico just two weeks after Irma caused as much as $1 billion in damages on the bankrupt island.Maria’s top winds were at 155 miles (250 kilometers) an hour, the Photographer: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images At least six people died on the

This Years Extreme Weather Will Have a Serious Effect on Global Wine

Earlier this summer, the Napa Valley was on track to be one of the world’s luckiest wine regions this year, having escaped everything from hail to fires to grape-gobbling wild boar.Then a scorching, record-breaking heat wave with temperatures up to 117 (!) degrees Fahrenheit swept in and stuck around over

In a collapsed Mexico school, a community digs for signs of life

Mexico City, Mexico (CNN)When the Enrique Rebsamen School fell, it did not do so lightly. The 7.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted the region on Tuesday caused part of the building to fold in on itself, sandwiching and collapsing, classroom onto classroom. While the scene is grim, every rescue provides hope. Walking

Ryanairs Penny-Pinching Hits Limits in Pilot-Shortage Debacle

As Ryanair Holdings Plc handed out its latest pilot rosters for the closing weeks of its summer schedule in mid-August, the packed timetable looked like business as usual for the hard-driving airline.But when planners crunched the numbers for the coming weeks, an uncomfortable reality began to dawn: Europe’s biggest discount carrier lacked sufficient

Boston’s Fate Lies With a Zombie Hurricane

Hurricane Maria continued its thunderous roll northward as forecasters struggled to pin down a trajectory. Whether the storm makes landfall again could be determined by a zombie.That’s what former Hurricane Jose will soon be in the meteorological vernacular, a once-dangerous tropical system that has fallen apart and been robbed of

Maria Slams Storm-Ravaged Dominica En Route to Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria strengthened after battering the storm-ravaged Caribbean island nation of Dominica overnight on course for a direct hit on Puerto Rico just two weeks after Irma caused as much as $1 billion in damage on the bankrupt island.Maria’s top winds reached 165 miles (265 kilometers) an hour, up from

Scores Die as Mexico Rocked by Month’s Second Major Quake

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City, killing scores throughout the region, reducing buildings to rubble and sending thousands fleeing in panic during the second temblor this month.The quake ravaged the far-flung region of more than 20 million people, and images showed structures burning and exploding, some suddenly losing