The Power of Touch

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     Indian spiritual leader, Mata Amritanandamayi, hugs a devotee during a function in Ahmadabad, India. Known among her followers as

    Indian spiritual leader, Mata Amritanandamayi, hugs a devotee during a function in Ahmadabad, India. Known among her followers as "Amma," which means “mother" in several Indian languages, Amritanandamayi has devotees in India and the rest of the world. She is also popularly known as the Hugging Saint. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

    Who have you hugged today? Was it a Hollywood hug or a serious bear hug? There’s more to those embraces than just affection! We send our least touchy-feely reporter to meet a woman who has been deemed the supreme hugger. Then we meet a scientist who studied tiny gecko feet to figure out what makes these critters stick, and a physician who didn’t know of a life he had touched until 50 long years later.

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