"The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand."Meanwhile, in the same article it talks about a company, Agrobot, that is working on a 24-armed machine with optical sensors for harvesting strawberries.
In space news, there's a Kickstarter project out there for launching space payloads via a spiraling slingshot-type device called the "slingatron". Although only small prototypes have been built, the hope is to build a much larger device that works by spinning the object along a spiral track at a particular frequency.
And in this article here, you can read about how neuroscientists are working on implanting false memories in the brains of mice.
I can only imagine where that kind of experimentation is going to lead.