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The first moments of an X-class significant solar flare in different wavelengths of light.
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Five children in California have been paralyzed by a mystery virus – and scientists are still in the dark.
On the surface, these cases looked a lot like polio. But the last time poliovirus claimed an American victim was in 1979, and all of these children had been vaccinated.
Whatever they had was something else - something rare and possibly new.
Each year, more than 25 million animals are used for scientific research in the U.S. More than 90 percent of those are mice - sort of. These lab-raised animals don’t burrow or gather like their wild peers. They are more like abstractions of human ills, mouse models of disease, genetically engineered to die in a very particular way.
"This is the central contradiction of animal experimentation: Mice are like us in all the ways that matter, so they’re used as stand-ins for humans - but the moral significance of those similarities is ignored," says Justin Goodman, who has been an animal rights activist since he saw scientists drill holes in the heads of monkeys as an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut.
Since the 1980s, the rise of transgenesis - the science of genetic engineering - has brought with it a seemingly endless series of biomedical breakthroughs. It has also opened up a field of inquiry about the unnerving price of all this. “The use of primates in research has increased, and the use of mice has exploded,” Goodman tells Newsweek.
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The average smartphone user checks his or her phone about 150 times a day. We’re, uh, waaaaay over that.
“Now remember, feed the cats twice a day, water the plants once a week, and this is a list of the programs we want videotaped.”
Newsweek, August 6, 1984
Ha! They had cats in 1984.
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