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Posted by Tatiana Kharina on December 29, 2018 at 12:38pm 0 Comments

From time immemorial, scientists conducted experiments on animals. For example, in 1880, Louis Pasteur proved the microbial nature of certain diseases by artificially causing anthrax in a sheep. Ivan Pavlov used dogs to study conditioned reflexes in 1890. We know that toxicity tests were mandatory in the twentieth century. And these tests were also carried out on animals. But despite the experiments, there were people who tried to fight for animal rights. And by the beginning of the 21st century, this problem had become urgent. It seems that the world is progressing, but the old ways of testing new products remain. Most products are still animal tested. Many people believe that testing products on animals is inhuman. They believe that no one should test products on animals.

According to statistics, more than 150 million experimental animals die annually around the world. 65% of animals are used in medical research, 26% are for basic research and experiments, 8% of animals…

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Call for Abstracts for Carnegie Council's May 3 Student Research Conference, Deadline March 8, 2019

Posted by Carnegie Council on January 10, 2019 at 2:44pm 0 Comments

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is pleased to announce its fifth annual student research conference. It will be held in Carnegie Council's New York City headquarters on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.

Lunch will be served during a networking session, followed by presentations of original research by students from universities across the New York City metro area. Audience members will include students, professors, professionals, and the interested public.

Presentations will be 10 minutes long and should make an argument about international affairs and its ethical implications and can be based on research students are currently conducting. Topics can include human rights, media, international law, justice, accountability, democracy, sustainability, transparency.

There are a limited number of presentation slots available. We ask that all interested candidates…

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Kumbh : The Biggest Spectacle of Hindus on This Earth

Posted by Ratnesh Dwivedi on January 4, 2019 at 5:21am 0 Comments

The Kumbh Mela (the festival of the sacred pitcher) is anchored in Hindu mythology. It is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith, anywhere in the world. The Mela draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of approximately 48 days to bathe at the sacred confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mystical Sarasvati. Primarily, this congregation includes Ascetics, Saints, Sadhus, Sadhvis, Kalpvasis, and Pilgrims from all walks of life.

Kumbh Mela, in Hinduism, is a religious pilgrimage that is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years. The geographical location of Kumbh Mela spans over four locations in India and the Mela site keeps rotating between one of the four pilgrimages on four sacred rivers as listed below:

• Haridwar on the Ganges in Uttarakhand

• Ujjain on the Shipra in Madhya Pradesh

• Nashik on the Godavari in Maharashtra

• Prayagraj at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati in Uttar…

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Democracy For a Prosperous Nation

Posted by Gail Beryl on January 3, 2019 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Four a.m. Seated in front of the computer. I am just from bed, where I had been tossing and turning for hours, looking for sleep that was seriously evading me like the plague. This is not the first time. I should honestly sit it down and have a mature conversation. We can’t go into the new year with this dispute still ongoing. Anyway, maybe I should thank sleep for playing so hard to get because now, here I am, writing. Here I am sharing what’s on my mind with you, hoping that you too can share your insight with me on any topic, I’m always open to learn.

What should I share with you though? What really is on my mind? Well, I guess we could talk about the weather. Or should we talk about sports? Or maybe we should talk about the airports? What about the infrastructure in my city? Or the upcoming election. Who are you inclined to voting for as our senator and why? Well, the choices are endless. Ahaa… that gives me an idea. We shall talk about the fact that I…

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