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Monsanto holds patents on genes contained in 95 percent of all soybeans and 80 percent of all corn grown in the U.S. How can that possibly be good for the free market, and even more important, the gene pool of the plant kingdom?
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The 50 Funniest Headlines Of 2009. Copy editors spent the year putting their stamp on even the most tragic stories.
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An adorable puppy tries to whistle. He may not be exactly whistling, but his skills at imitation are excellent!
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When preparing to unwrap your Christmas gifts, don't forget the tin snips, protective gloves, and band aids. Clamshell packaging can be hazardous to your (physical and mental) health!
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Octopuses are not only smart enough to use tools, but also smart enough to plan for future tools use. That said, watching an octopus carry a coconut shell is probably the funniest thing you'll see today.
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The Christmas version of the game Civiballs ate up my evening last night. My understanding of physics is OK, but  my hand-eye coordination and memory are handicaps.
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5 Questions on the Origins of Christmas. And even better, the answers are here, too!

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