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According to a new report released by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the untouched riches of planet earth's oceans are estimated to be worth a shocking 24 trillion dollars. This absurd number is the size of the world's leading economy.  The report released on Thursday refers to the oceans as economic powerhouses. These special resources are quickly eroding due to over-exploitation, misuse and climate change. 

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Space exploration peaked in the 1960s because of its fierce competition in the cold war between the United States of America and the Soviet Union. However, NASA’s funding from the federal government is at its all-time low at only 0.5% of the American federal budget (US Government). The reason is simple: after the Soviet Union dissolved, the United States of America sees no benefit in funding space exploration. Therefore, they are allocating less and less of their percentage federal budget to NASA. It could, however, be argued that this allocation of the federal budget is unethical.

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           “Lab rat” is a rather frequently used term by the general populace and seems to be accepted by society although the existence of such beings is a moral dilemma for many. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, more than 100 million laboratory animals are killed in the United States annually and many of them suffer cruel treatments such as being subjected to “severe pain near, at, or above the pain tolerance threshold of unanesthetized conscious animals.”  (“Annual Report Animal Usage”).

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