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Why NASA is Experimenting on Twins in Space

Consider a pair of brothers, identical twins. One gets a job as an astronaut and rockets into space. The other gets a job as an astronaut, too, but on this occasion he decides to stay home. After a year in space, the traveling twin returns home and they reunite. Are the identical twins still identical? NASA is about to find out....

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Earthlings by Joaquin Phoenix

EARTHLINGS is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s treatment of animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. This multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is recommended for anyone who cares about animals or wishes to make the world a better...

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In election year, Romania debates giving human rights to dolphins

 By Reuters   CONSTANTA: Armed with an iPad and a letter of support from an Oscar-winning film director, Remus Cernea is pushing a cause that he acknowledges few of his fellow Romanian lawmakers care about: giving dolphins the same rights as humans. The 39-year-old activist politician introduced a bill in parliament last week that would recognize the marine mammals as “non-human persons”, on account of their highly developed intelligence, personalities and behavior patterns. The bill, which will be debated in the Romanian upper house in the coming weeks, would make humans and dolphins equal before the law. Dolphin killers would...

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Indonesia Announces World’s Largest Sanctuary for Manta Rays

The Indonesian government has banned fishing for manta rays within its EEZ (exclusive economic zone) which stretches for almost 2.3 million square miles (6 million square kilometers), creating the world’s largest sanctuary for the fish. Conservation organizations and researchers have made a major impact on the decision which will mainly protect two manta ray species, the reef manta(Manta alfredi) and the oceanic manta (Manta birostris). “This decision was a crucial victory for manta ray conservation,” writes Andrea Marshall, director of the Marine Megafauna Foundation and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. The decision to protect manta rays was also influenced by...

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Man Unknowingly Possessed Stolen Ancient Artifact Worth $1.2 Million

Simon Metke from Edmonton, Canada abruptly found out that he was in possession of a stolen ancient artifact from the fifth century B.C. worth C$1.2 million, when Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) entered his condo. The Persian bas-relief limestone carving from the fifth century B.C., worth C$1.2M – Montreal Museum of Fine Arts On January 22 RCMP’s Integrated Art Crime Investigation Team executed a search warrant and found the artifact, a Persian bas-relief limestone carving, stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts back in September 2011. Mr. Metke was then arrested on January 29 for possession of stolen...

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