Would Your Pets Survive In The Wild?



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Science and technology has advanced to the point that we may not need domestic animals as we know them, but what would it take to reverse domestication and can it be done?

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Economic History of Tractors in the United States:

“The farm tractor is one of the most important and easily recognizable technological components of modern agriculture in the United States.”

What is Cultured Beef?:

“Cultured Beef is created by painlessly harvesting muscle cells from a living cow. Scientists then feed and nurture the cells so they multiply to create muscle tissue, which is the main component of the meat we eat. It is biologically exactly the same as the meat tissue that comes from a cow.”

Q&A On The Science Of Growing Hamburger In The Lab:

“At a public tasting in London Monday, Dutch scientists served hamburgers made from cow stem cells. Some questions and answers about the science behind the revolutionary patty.”

Rise Of The Robot Dogs:

“University of Melbourne animal welfare researcher Dr Jean-Loup Rault says the prospect of robopets and virtual pets is not as far-fetched as we may think.”

Robots Might Be the Necessary Future of Urban Pet Ownership:

“We all love our pets. We love them a crazy, ridiculous amount that is often entirely out of proportion to reality: you don’t want to know how much I spent on medical care for my $5 pet store gerbil.”

Pets In The Digital Age: Live, Robot, Or Virtual?:

“Over half the people in Western societies share their daily life with pets, which makes it the norm rather than the exception. Our shared history with domestic animals goes back tens of thousands years.”

Medical Technology That Could Eliminate Need For Animal Testing Wins Design Award:

“It may look like a simple piece of plastic with a few pretty patterns, but the winner of 2015 London Design Museum’s Design of the Year Award is lined with human cells and may revolutionise medical trials, tailoring cures for individuals and cutting out the need for animal testing.”

Pet Dogs Unable To Think For Themselves After Centuries Of Adult Pampering:

“Dogs have become so reliant on humans that they have lost the ability to think properly for themselves, according to a new study.”

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