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Battery Hens Could Receive Matrix-Style Life Enhancement Technology

Of all the intensively-farmed creatures, battery hens probably have the worst deal when it comes to quality of life, but science may have provided a technological answer to provide an enhanced quality of life for these birds.

Public concern has prompted a slow trend towards more "free range" farming, but for millions of...
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Monsanto Linked to Deaths of Thousands of Farmers

Farmers in developing countries are dying in their thousands from a mysterious kidney disorder, which has been termed as "Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology" (CKDu).

The disease is running rife through farmers from the rice paddy regions of Sri Lanka, and in El Salavdor, it is the second leading cause of death among...
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Can There be Sex in Space?

We know people can do it, but can PLANTS do it? This is necessary to know if we want to eventually create living space environments, in which people can spend the many years it might take to travel to distant stars and planets.

Researchers have found that changes in...
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Why Our Brains are Smaller Now

Archeologists have found evidence from 20,000 to 30,000-year-old human skulls that both human height and brain size are shrinking. The cause of this? Farming. This shrinkage started about 10,000 years ago, when humans moved from the hunter-gatherer life to agriculture.

In PhysOrg.com, Deborah Braconnier writes, "While the change...
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What Makes a Democracy

On Dreamland, we're not afraid to ask the hard questions (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). When we see signs of unrest in countries, such as the "Arab Spring," where young people are...
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