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Space food – vegetables grown on Mars – is in the realm of possibility, an experiment by Dutch scientists has proven. Radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes are capable of thriving in the Red Planet's soil without soaking up heavy metals that would be harmful to humans. Other vegetables are likely to draw up quantities of copper, lead and cadmium identified in Martian soil and unsuitable for human consumption. The experiments have been conducted by Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and so far they have successfully raised 10 crops in soil with a similar composition to that found on Mars.

This completely automated robotic lamb processing plant in Bordertown, South Australia, is an incredible innovation. Created by Scott Automation & Robotics in conjunction with JBS and Meat & Livestock Australia, the processing plant is a marvel. It aims to revolutionise butchery operations. The machine uses x-ray to scan each lamb carcass as it comes down the conveyor. The x-ray identifies precisely where to make primal cuts - for example, between the fourth and fifth rib - and delivers these cuts for further processing. After the primal cuts, the middles are processed on a further machine, resulting in extraordinarily tidy racks of lamb.