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Staff Picks - April 19th, 2013

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It’s been a crazy week. It continues to get crazier. Here are some science stories that may shed some light on how we react to that craziness, or in some cases, provide a much needed alternative to the 24-hour news cycle.

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NPR Science: Did You Notice This Seemed To Be A Crazy News Week?

In uncertain times, it’s human nature to “connect dots” that sometimes aren’t there (just check your Twitter feed). A brief look at the psychology of “crazy weeks.”

Inside NOVA: Can Science Stop Mass Murder? A Source List

This collection of scientific research attempts to understand how issues such as mental illness, history, and gun control impact acts of violence. Sadly, it is relevant once again.

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Radio Lab: Overcome by Emotion

Reconciling our instincts with logic is no easy task. As part of their three part series about “Choice,”
Radio Lab examines the struggle between trusting your gut and taking the rational route.

Radio Lab Blog: Who Stands Where In A Crowded Elevator And Why?

In case your morning elevator ride isn’t sufficiently awkward, a new study shows that where you stand in a crowded elevator may reflect your position in the social hierarchy. Let the shuffling begin.

PRI: Supreme Court grapples with question of whether human genes can be patented

“It’s just nature sitting there.”

NPR’s Ted Hour: What is Beauty?

Darwin might have some ideas.