Livestock Heat Stress During Transport & Lairage

When transporting livestock such as sheep and cattle, several considerations take place to ensure smooth transport and safe arrival. There are numerous exposures that can cause stress on livestock during transportation, such as: Loud sounds and vibrations Shortage of food or water Motion during transport Quickly changing weather conditions Change of temperature, such as cold to hot Heat stress How Does Heat Stress Affect Livestock? Heat stress has an adverse effect on livestock, whether the livestock is being used for milk, meat, or for work animals. For example, heat stress can cause cows to produce less milk. Not only is...

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The Case of Kestrel and the Dragonfly Detectives

Dragonflies are whimsical creatures with translucent wings and somewhat unknown behavioral patterns, especially related to weather. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is working alongside a team of unconventional detectives and scientists, comprised of students in grades 4-8. This is a citizen science project that examines the role that weather plays in dragonfly flight behaviors. Head of Citizen Science Christine L. Goforth leads the way on this expedition, carrying on the museum's mission to illuminate nature with research, conservation, and interactive exhibits. Using Kestrel weather meters, Goforth and her citizen science project team track weather patterns to gain insight...

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Chicory Root Storage & DROPs: Maximizing Root Health for Human Consumption

Known for its incredible benefits of dietary fiber, chicory root brings numerous health benefits to humans. Storage plays a considerable role in overall root health before it's prepared for consumption. Blue Prairie Brands is a leading provider of chicory root flour, which is produced from whole chicory roots. It's a mild-tasting flour that contains inulin, which brings numerous health benefits and fiber. This fiber enhances the “good bacteria” for gut health, making it an important element to nearly anyone's diet. Based in the US, Blue Prairie Brands needed a way to properly store chicory root after harvesting. With the help...

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Environmental Research: Coastal Carbon Cycling

Just like fluxes in the weather and atmosphere, the ocean experiences cycles and carbon dynamics. With the oceans in close proximity to humans, this cycle is affected in several ways including upwelling, river influxes, air-sea gas exchange, export, production, and sediment burial. There is an array of ecological, biological/biochemistry, and economic benefits of coastal oceans. However, the variable carbon fluxes are poorly quantified. It is important to document the magnitude and variability of coastal oceans, as well as open oceans, to learn which processes control the fluxes. Kestrel Weather Meters can help provide a link between coastal oceans, human activity,...

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Steps to Prevent Plastic Shrinkage Cracking: How the New Target Evaporation Rate Solver Can Help

Are you a concrete contractor plagued by plastic shrinkage and cracking, all while worrying about your reputation, repair work, and expensive litigation? The Kestrel 5200 Evaporation Rate Solver ensures successful slab curing and prevents plastic shrinkage cracking. When plastic shrinkage cracks occur, associated problems begin to pile up - leaving contractors to deal with the hassle and cost of repairs. Cracks appear in concrete before it hardens when the tensile stress is greater than the tensile capacity. It occurs within the six hours after laying the concrete, leading to plastic shrinkage cracking and plastic settlement cracking. The cracking of concrete...

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Nature's Music: Recording the Sounds of The Natural World

Cracks of thunder. Forest rainstorms. Whistling blizzards. Those are the sounds of the natural world that surround us. Whether you are listening to nature sounds for science or as a way to soothe your soul, there is a lot that we can learn by putting an ear to the environment. Field sound recordists set out to nearly every corner of the earth to capture the sound of music played by all the elements in the natural world. But, what is there to gain from recording the sounds of nature, and how is it applied in science? The Wonderful Purpose of...

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