Startled by an ant

Why is it that, more than 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, we seem more frightened now by far smaller threats?

French Navy Photo: Chief Petty Officer Francois Marcel
French Rear Admiral Eric Chaperon with American Vice Admiral John Miller aboard the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle on Jan. 14.
Scott Taylor
Published: Wednesday, 01/21/2015 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Tuesday, 01/27/2015 7:21 pm EST

In the past few weeks, the word "terror" has been in most headlines every day, and the lead story of almost every hourly newscast. The shocking attacks at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine, and the related hostage-taking at a Parisian kosher grocery store, were subsequently dubbed the “three-day terror siege” by some Canadian media outlets.

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