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...Australia-based EnviroMission Ltd recently announced plans to build two solar updraft towers that span hundreds of acres in La Paz County, Arizona. Solar updraft technology sounds promising enough: generate hot air with a giant greenhouse, channel the air into a chimney-like device, and let the warm wind turn a wind turbine to produce energy. The idea isn’t new — it’s been around since the mid 1980’s — but it’s only now starting to take off.
Ever since Clarence Cook Little started his landmark genetic experiments on mice more than a century ago, the mouse has been the go-to animal model for medical research.
But a wide variety of other animals can be found in medical labs around the world. Taken (or stitched) together, they form a kind of laboratory doppelganger for humans: similar biology, fewer moral qualms—though certainly not none.
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