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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Tuesday lifted the regulatory prohibition on cultivation by farmers of the cotton plant, which was developed by Texas A&M University scientists. The plant's cottonseed cannot be used as food for people or as animal feed yet in the United States because it lacks Food and Drug Administration approval. Cotton is widely grown around the world, with its fiber used to make textiles and the cottonseed used among other things to feed animals such as cattle and sheep that have multiple stomach chambers.
Mexico, Oct 17 (Notimex) - A group of researchers from various disciplines developed a trawl gate for shrimp fishing, which allows promoting the use of technology in this sector to contribute to the massive capture of the product. The gate is made up of two mechanical wings and an expanding arm, which allows varying the angle of opening of the wings. In addition to the fact that the force of the fluid helps with the displacement of the system generating a better hydrodynamic performance, informed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt, for its acronym in Spanish), through its information agency. Josue Enriquez Zarate, specialist in mechanical design engineering by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish), explained that with this development seeks to support Mexican fishermen, especially those of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca. He explained that it is essential that local fishermen have technology that allows them to save energy and protect microecosystems, as they deteriorate by the current towing activities in fishing. It was the staff of Technologies for Capture of the Regional Fisheries Research Center, led by master Saul Sarmiento Nafate, who designed the model of the gate. With the support of the National Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture, the multidisciplinary team carried out a computational simulation that allows establishing the interaction of the water and the behavior of the gate in the sea, this through a tool that carries out an analysis of the fluid, aided by the theory of the finite element. The design reached the drag and lift coefficients, which are the basic principles used in the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic context. The innovation yielded positive results from the evaluation of the software at the simulation level, so the next stage consists in the construction of the gates on a real scale, since there is already a prototype model for testing at sea. Enriquez Zarate informed that it corresponds to Inapesca to carry out the construction of these inputs, to begin to support the manufacture of the gates and distribute them in the shrimp fleet of the country. However, he emphasized "the first steps for development are already taken and that it is essential to support this important economic sector of the countryâ€�. NTX/MSG/PAP
In a world of screens, it's easy to forget that we actually live on a lush green planet filled with diverse wildlife. But the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is here to remind you that nature will forever be more impressive and beautiful than even the most advanced CGI. SEE ALSO: 10 animals that hibernate, aside from bears This year's winner is a portrait of two golden snub-nosed monkeys. The photo, entitled "The Golden Couple," was shot by Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten in the forest of China’s Qinling Mountains, the only habitat for this endangered species. The photo was selected because it celebrates "the majestic and otherworldly presence of nature, and reminds us of our crucial role in protecting it," Natural History Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon said in a press release. Image: Marsel van oosten/wpy16-year old South African photographer Skye Meaker took the award for Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year with a photo of a leopard relaxing in Botswana. Image: Skye meaker/WPYOther winning photos in the competition are pretty impressive too. Like this photo of two mud-dauber wasps in Australia. Image: Georgina Steytler/WPYOr this one of a treehopper mother and her babies in Ecuador. Image: Javier Aznar González de Rueda/WPYThis beautiful jaguar in Mexico, too. Image: Alejandro Prieto/WPYYou can see more of this year's award winning wildlife photos here. WATCH: 14 wonderfully strange names for groups of animals
The delicate blossoms of the cherry tree might be synonymous with the onset of spring in Japan -- except this year they're also blooming in autumn, a weather forecasting company said Wednesday. Weathernews, a meteorological firm, said more than 300 people across Japan had reported cherry blossoms were blooming in their neighbourhood, in a survey conducted last week. Local media spotted clusters of the famous pink and white blooms at several popular cherry blossom spots.
Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and parts of Ohio and Michigan, according to a study in Wednesday's journal Climate and Atmospheric Science. There has been a slight decrease in the Great Plains, with the biggest drop in central and eastern Texas.
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