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A Christmas Crisis

December 23rd, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Most people don’t like to think about the effect that buying meat has on animals and the environment. Few are even aware of the plight of slaughter workers. But market forces are simple – every time you put meat in your shopping trolley, you are funding the slaughter, globally, of 70bn farmed animals each year, the destruction of the environment and yes, the exploitation of vulnerable workers

India Gay Sex Ban Struck Down

September 10th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

What made India stand out from most — at least until Thursday — was its application of an anachronistic law drawn up by British colonizers during the Victorian era and kept on the books for 150 years

How India Gave Us the Zero

August 30th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

“T]he creation of zero as a number in its own right, which evolved from the placeholder dot symbol found in the Bakhshali manuscript, was one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics. We now know that it was as early as the 3rd Century that mathematicians in India planted the seed of the idea that would later become so fundamental to the modern world. The findings show how vibrant mathematics have been in the Indian sub-continent for centuries.”

Are Plants Conscious?

March 26th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Plants are complex organisms, perhaps less different from animals than is often assumed

Consciousness and Conscience

March 8th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

The more we learn about animals, the more their consciousness weighs on the human conscience

Farminaries and Ecoseminaries

February 22nd, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

“The original vision for the garden was that it might be a kind of ecoseminary,” says Marilyn Elliott, Asbury’s vice president of community formation, a place that could “bridge racial divides, teach children about nutrition, provide organic food cheaply or free for students,” as well as create a safe and restful place for the whole community

The Sanskrit Effect

January 8th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Numerous regions in the brains of the pandits were dramatically larger than those of controls, with over 10 percent more grey matter across both cerebral hemispheres, and substantial increases in cortical thickness

Do Plants Have Memories?

September 25th, 2017 | by Harmonist staff

Scientists have found that certain plants can remember experiences of drought and dehydration, cold and heat, excess light, acidic soil, exposure to short-wave radiation, and a simulation of insects eating their leaves

Climate Change and New Indian Crops

August 31st, 2017 | by Harmonist staff

In the village of Huddu, its ancient terraces are indeed sprouting a new crop — organic potatoes. They’re being cultivated alongside traditional crops

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