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How We React To Threats Post World Tragedy – And Why

After the Paris attacks, some schools were quick to cancel trips to major cities. Rachel Martin spoke with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about the psychology of group fear.

When A Stranger Leaves You $125 Million

A Seattle businessman left most of his fortune to a blindness organization he never contacted in life. Why the gift? Maybe, the evidence hints, to help others take the psychological leap he couldn't.

Can A Parasitic Worm Make It Easier (Or Harder) For A Woman To Conceive?

Maybe. A nine-year study in Bolivia found an unexpected association between the parasitic worms in a woman's guts and her fertility.

National Institutes Of Health To Retire Last 50 Research Chimps

The National Institutes of Health announced their 50 remaining chimps will be going into retirement. NPR's Ari Shapiro spoke with Cathy Willis Spraetz, president and chief executive of Chimp Haven, where the chimps will ultimately be housed.

Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe To Eat, FDA Says

In a long-awaited ruling, the agency said that a salmon created to grow faster is fit for human consumption. Environmental and food safety groups vow to fight the decision.
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LISTEN: What Does A Powerful El Niño Mean For Washington's Weather?

Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang explains what warmer-than-usual Pacific Ocean water temperatures might portend for regional and global weather. Will we see some blizzards this winter?


NIH Retires The Last Of Its Research Chimps

After retiring hundreds of research chimpanzees in 2013, the National Institutes of Health says 50 remaining chimps will no longer be used for medical studies.

A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs From Deep Inside The Body

Sensors that work inside the body are gaining new skills. The latest version can track heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as temperature, as it travels through the digestive system.

Premium, Young And Natural: The Turkey Labels We Cluck-Cluck Over

Turkeys these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of jargon for the wannabe informed Thanksgiving turkey buyer.

Is Sex Once A Week Enough For A Happy Relationship?

A study of thousands of people, most in committed relationships, finds that having sex about once a week correlates best with happiness and well-being. More didn't turn out to be better.