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  • Bad Charity? (All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt!)

    By Nick Wadhams from Time. "In the history of foreign aid, it looked pretty harmless: a young Florida businessman decided to collect a million shirts and send them to poor people in Africa. Jason Sadler just wanted to help. He thought he'd start with all the leftover T-shirts from his advertising...
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  • Has a U.S. Pediatrics Group Condoned Genital Cutting?

    By Belinda Luscombe from Time. "In the age of hyperengaged parenting, globalization and the Internet, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has become a freighted organization. Every position statement released by the group — whether about ***-feeding, autism or obesity — sends waves of fury...
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  • Payments Offered to Egg Donors Prompt Scrutiny

    By David Tuller from The New York Times. "Demand for human ova has been growing in recent years, fueled by infertility treatments and increased investment in stem cell research. Young women at top colleges and universities, long a prized source of eggs, are now being recruited not just through advertising...
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  • Chimps 'Feel Death Like Humans'

    By BBC News "Scientists in Scotland filmed a group of chimps grooming and caressing an elderly female who died, and remaining subdued for several days afterwards. Other researchers saw females carrying around the bodies of their dead offspring. Both studies are reported in the journal Current Biology...
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  • Science, Ethics And Choices

    By Marcelo Gleiser from NPR . "Is ethics part of this core-self? I dare speculate that, yes, some people have higher ethical standards than others. They will carry such standards wherever they go, whatever they do. Can such standards be tempered by events in life, education, relationships etc.?...
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  • When American and European Ideas of Privacy Collide

    By Adam Liptak from The NewYork Times. "'Americans to this day don’t fully appreciate how Europeans regard privacy,' said Jane Kirtley, who teaches media ethics and law at the University of Minnesota . 'The reality is that they consider privacy a fundamental human right.' Google...
     Posted by: cait
  • Government should nurture virtue

    By Nick Clegg from Gaurdian . "I basically believe people are born good. How can you think anything else when you see the innocence of young children? Of course, people are born with different, sometimes difficult, personalities. But fundamental optimism about human nature has always been a driving...
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  • Are Sperm Donors Really Anonymous Anymore?

    By Rachel Lehmann-Haupt from Slate . "The sperm bank protected his anonymity, just as it promised. But that did not mean he couldn't be found. In an age of sophisticated genetic testing, the concept of anonymity is rapidly fading. With some clever sleuthing—tests that can track down ancestral...
     Posted by: cait
  • A virtuous Olympics? Organizers Say They've Tried

    By David Crary from The Washington Post. "Vancouver, British Columbia -- A carbon-neutral torch relay. A multimillion dollar partnership with Canada's aboriginals. Bouquets for medal winners made by former prostitutes and drug addicts. Even before the first event - and the first big protest...
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  • Why Watching Oprah Makes you a Better Person

    By Rachel Rettner from msnbc . Other people's good deeds inspire the rest of us, study suggests. "The warm and fuzzy feelings you may experience after watching others perform virtuous deeds may in turn lead you to act altruistically as well, according to a new study based on the results of two...
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