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A Vermont organization has the first permitted, community-scale urine recycling program. What's that, you ask? The Rich Earth Institute boasts 175 volunteers that collect their urine in five-gallon jugs and drop it of at a "urine depot." From there it's transported to a farm where it's pasteurized before being spread on fields. This fertilization scheme is called "peecycling," and the Vermont farmers using it to grow forage for cows say they expect to collect 6,000 gallons this summer. Summer internship, anyone?
Scientists in England have identified genetic traits in cattle that might provide increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis (TB). Research at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute suggests it might be possible to improve TB control through selective breeding. Refining genomic predictors of resistance will be the focus of a new study to help control a disease of major economic importance to cattle producers worldwide.
PETA has cried foul over the fact that the San Diego Airport Authority refused an anti-SeaWorld advertisement. PETA sought to buy space at the airport terminal for an ad featuring actress Kathy Najimy ("Sister Act," "Hocus Pocus") asking people to avoid SeaWorld "if you like animals like I do." The animal rights group claims the airport authority is "unfairly discriminating against the message of a specific." Sounds like a good plan to us.
With more than 4,300 stores in America, Walmart has had an impact on every community it touches. Some argue that impact has been good, others see Walmart as a plague on local businesses. Whatever your opinion, take a look at this animated map that shows Walmart's amazing growth since opening its first store in Arkansas in 1962.
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