Host Scott Simon talks with University of Edinburgh professor Alex Weiss about his new study on ape well-being. He found that apes, like humans, experience a U-shaped pattern of life satisfaction that dips in middle-age, commonly known as a mid-life crisis.
As the story goes, pardoning a turkey dates back to President Lincoln, when his young son Tad begged his father to let the White House Thanksgiving meal live. On Wednesday, Obama pardons Cobbler and Gobbler.
Scientists have sequenced all of the DNA in the cells of a female pig. While this information will likely be used to create happier pigs that get sick less often, it could be used to create tastier pork products.
No millipede actually has 1000 feet--but the species Illacme plenipes comes closest, with up to 750. Etymologist Paul Marek, who rediscovered the rare species a few years ago in California's coastal mountains, calls counting legs and measuring millipedes a "guilty pleasure."
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