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The recent spate of attacks — seven since June in North Carolina alone — has little to do with the shark population off American coastlines. Shark attack, George Burgess says, "is driven by the number of humans in the water more than the number of sharks."

Don't Blame The Sharks For 'Perfect Storm' Of Attacks In North Carolina

Those who spend much time on the Carolina beaches know that many shark species, and even whales, are frequent visitors during the summer. And, though it's extremely rare, those sharks have been known to attack humans.

But this year, there have already been seven shark attacks off the North Carolina coast since June. It's a number that has surprised even the most seasoned of shark-watchers.

Put all these pieces together — they're part of a Google Cardboard viewer from DoDoCase.com — and you'll be ready for virtual reality.

Want A Taste Of Virtual Reality? Step One: Find Some Cardboard

Filmmakers are using virtual reality to make the problems of the developing world seem more ... real.

But how can you see their work?

You could buy a headset, but you might end up in virtual debt. Prices range from $200 to $500 for devices from big players like Oculus Rift, Sony and Samsung. And forking over that much cash is a problem since there's not a lot of content yet.

Cardboard Google goggles whisk viewers into a virtual reality world.

You Haven't Left The Building But Your Brain's On A Virtual Reality Trip

For just a few minutes, I'm standing in the streets of Kathmandu. Families pick through the rubble left behind by April's devastating earthquake. I take in the sounds of metal clanking, of footsteps and chattering. A few people walk by, staring straight at me.

I want to help — but can't.

That's because I'm not actually in Nepal. I pull off the virtual reality headset — a pair of headphones and futuristic-looking goggles — and I'm back at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Republican presidential candidate and TV personality Donald Trump arrives by escalator to the tune of "Rockin' in the Free World." Musician Neil Young did not approve of his song choice.

Trump's Campaign Theme Song Headache? Blame Michael Jackson, Sort Of

Donald Trump entered the race for president descending an escalator. A wave to the right, a thumbs-up to the left — all to the tune of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World."

But there was a problem. Trump's camp cleared it with the copyright holder; Neil Young, on the other hand, hadn't been consulted. And, based on the statement from his record label, he wasn't happy about it.

The Weinfeld Family, 2009. Photographer Frederic Brenner, who took this photo, was the creator of This Place, an exhibit that features the work of 12 internationally acclaimed photographers in Israel and the West Bank.

Israel And The West Bank Through Fresh Eyes

A dozen internationally acclaimed photographers were set loose in Israel and the West Bank. Most had never been in either place before. The aim was to try to see anew a part of the world that's been thoroughly photographed, long mythologized and often fought over.

As Greece Stares Down Its Money Troubles, A Decisive Vote Looms

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Fireworks light up the sky above the Brooklyn Bridge during Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in 2014.

'Firework, Not Fire Fun': The Serious Jobs Of Pyrotechnic Pros

Designing a vast fireworks show is a bit like composing music. There's the opening to think about, of course, and the grand finale — and all the intricacies with which the colors and displays intermingle in between.

For Jim Souza, the president of Pyro Spectaculars, this is his art.

"The sky is the canvas," he says, lending another metaphor, "and fire's my paint."

Crowds gather to pay their respects outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., in a photo by the <em>Post and Courier</em>.

Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence

For the The Post and Courier, the newspaper in Charleston, S.C., it's been a crazy three months. The regional paper has been driving the coverage of the shootings at the Emanuel AME Church.

<em>The Birth of Venus, </em>by Sandro Botticelli, depicts the goddess of love floating on a giant scallop shell. The word aphrodisiac derives from her Greek name, Aphrodite.

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

What do we know about the power of food to rev up sex drive? Not much.

"Really, science has not figured out what determines sexual motivation and sexual attraction. If we knew the answer to that, we'd probably be richer than Pfizer after they invented Viagra," says Dolores Lamb, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

She hasn't seen any compelling evidence that any particular food can intensify desire.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (not pictured) at a hotel in Vienna on Friday.

U.N.: Report On Iran's Atomic Program Possible By Year's End

Yukio Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, says that if Iran cooperates, the agency could issue a report on the country's past atomic research by the end of the year.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from Vienna, says that progress is also being reported on sanctions relief for Tehran — but a deal has yet to be finalized.

"With cooperation from Iran, I think we can issue a report by the end of the year," Amano, the head of the U.N. agency, says.

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