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NPR Science: Creepy Critters In Sensitive Places: How Science Reporters Get Your Attention

What separates this science reporter with an enormous spider crawling all over his face from a contestant on Fear Factor ? The quest for truth.

NOVA: The Odds of an Asteroid Strike

Not to frighten you, but the last sentence in this completely reasonable and restrained piece about the likelihood of an asteroid strike is “it’s just a matter of time.”

Radio Lab: Are You Sure?

We think we like this Radio Lab piece about certainty and doubt. It’s pretty good. Right, guys?

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Is spider considered meat? Inquiring Catholics want to know.

New report urges doctors to test and alert patients to genetic conditions

But what if I want to ignore my genetic predisposition, doctor?

Science Friday: Roger that, Grandma

This 97-year-old woman was one of the first female air traffic controllers, with a groundbreaking story about a pilot who ignored her order to avoid Manhattan. When he ignored her, something very bad happened, and the rulebook was rewritten.

NPR’s The Salt: Forget Fish Fridays: In Louisiana, Gator Is On The Lenten Menu

Unless you’re Catholic, you probably don’t care if alligator is considered seafood or meat. But if you are Catholic and living in Louisiana on this sunny Black Friday, it can mean the difference between a gator sausage po boy sandwich and some kind of awful meatless lunch. Ya hate to see anyone make that kind of sacrifice unless it’s really necessary.