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Chimpanzee retirement gains momentum, and x-ray ‘ghost images’ could cut radiation doses

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Crystal Alba/Project Chimps

Two of the world’s most famous research chimpanzees have finally retired. Hercules and Leo arrived at a chimp sanctuary in Georgia last week. Sarah Crespi checks in with Online News Editor David Grimm on the increasing momentum for research chimp retirement since the primates were labeled endangered species in 2015.

Sarah also interviews freelancer Sophia Chen about her piece on x-ray ghost imaging—a technique that may lead to safer medical imaging done with cheap, single-pixel cameras.

David Malakoff joins Sarah to talk about the big boost in U.S. science funding signed into law over the weekend.

Finally, Jen Golbeck interviews author Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr on her book First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery for our monthly books segment.

This week’s episode was edited by Podigy.

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[Image: Crystal Alba/Project Chimps; Music: Jeffrey Cook]