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Beyond Rash And Fever: How Measles Can Kill

It happened to Roald Dahl's daughter in 1962. It still happens today, in the U.S. and around the world. In rare cases, measles becomes an incurable disease.

Love Hot Sauce? Your Personality May Be A Good Predictor

Personality seems to play a key role in our lust for heat in our food. Research has found that thrill seekers tend to like the burn of a spicy meal, and the lure may be different for men and women.

Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why 'Touch' Triggers Pleasure And Pain

In his latest book, neuroscientist David Linden explains the science of touch. He tells Fresh Air how pain protects, why fingertips are so sensitive and why you can't read Braille with your genitals.

Why We Judge Algorithmic Mistakes More Harshly Than Human Mistakes

In many areas, algorithms make fewer mistakes than humans. But new research suggests that we distrust algorithms when they make mistakes, in ways we do not distrust humans who make mistakes.

How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste

No yolk: Researchers have discovered how to unboil egg whites. The chemical technique could help the food industry and others utilize more enzymes for cheese or beer with less waste.

Lack Of Patients Hampers Ebola Drug And Vaccine Testing

Scientists launched a large trial Monday to test two vaccines. But testing Ebola drugs in West Africa is proving more difficult than expected because the disease is disappearing rapidly.

Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

Construction is starting in Chile on a new sort of telescope. One aim is to survey huge swaths of sky for faint signals of a "Planet X" that may be lurking on the farthest edges of our solar system.

Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

In many parts of the world, there's no direct translation for terms like depression or anxiety. Cambodians, for example, say "the water in my heart has fallen." So how does a doctor refill a heart?

Here's How To End Iowa's Great Nitrate Fight

Des Moines, Iowa, wants to control nitrate pollution — often called fertilizer runoff — in nearby rivers. But the best way to reduce it involves planting different crops, not using less fertilizer.

It's Not All Bad News For Earth's Oceans

Ocean habitats seem to be in pretty good shape, according to the latest study of ocean species. NPR's Arun Rath talks to ecologist Douglas McCauley.