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Research suggests a new reason for teens' risky behavior

Not long ago, the most popular explanation for any dangerous teenage behavior was raging hormones. Fast-forward a few years and the explanation changed: The teenage brain is actually biologically different. A teen’s prefrontal cortex is less developed than in adults. Now, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania suggests your teen’s bad decisions are driven by something else entirely.

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Will humans have the wisdom to manage artificial intelligence effectively?

The iconic confrontation between HAL and Dave from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," crystallized on the big screen our fear of intelligent robots threatening humans. Now, with self-driving cars on the horizon and AI finding its way into our phones, our financial systems and just about all aspects of life, that scenario is becoming increasingly complicated.

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'Knocking on eternity's door' — NASA's Voyager mission turns 40

The Voyager probes have sent messages about our solar system back to Earth for 40 years. They also double as messengers: Each carries a copy of the iconic Golden Record, a phonograph packed with data and messages about human beings. As their power runs down and they eventually cease returning data to Earth, their only functional purpose will be to send that Golden Record out into space.

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Nuclear reactor closings in the US continue to roil the energy industry

The Entergy Corporation recently announced it would soon close two aging nuclear power plants in the northeast US. At the same time, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted the company a new license to operate a Tennessee reactor that some experts consider one of the least safe in the nation. What does this portend for nuclear energy in the US?