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STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD

This aerial view shows the effects of gold mining on Peru's rain forest. Courtesy of Gregory Asner, Carnegie Institution for Science hide caption

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We're pretty good at living and working with people who aren't our relatives. A new study tries to figure out the origins of that ability. Alberto Ruggieri/Illustration Works/Corbis hide caption

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A bed and breakfast called Yellow House has become the headquarters of a new citizen-run aid group. Above, tarps are stacked up in the courtyard and ready to move out. Donatella Lorch for NPR hide caption

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Lami Musa, 27, cradles her 5-day-old baby girl at a refugee camp clinic. One of the women rescued from Boko Haram, she says her husband was killed before she was abducted by Islamist extremists. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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Kathmandu Living Labs' earthquake site collects data about conditions and needs. Each blue dot represents the number of reports of help wanted — medical, food, water or shelter — near Kathmandu. Kathmandu Living Labs hide caption

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When Dr. Bina Valsangkar had a miscarriage in India, she received state-of-the-art medical care. But just a few miles from the hospital she visited, nurses were struggling to keep up with sick patients. Courtesy of Save the Children hide caption

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