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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain  |   

In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop  |   

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?  |   

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures  |   

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply  |   

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before.

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