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Why Teens Ignore Risk for a Little Reward


Give teenagers just a tiny promise of a reward and they throw caution to the wind. The reason why: They’re brains don’t work the same...

  • Scientists have shed light on light. (Taras Mykytyuk/Flickr, CC BY-SA*)

    Scientists Discover New Fundamental Property of Light—150 Years After Maxwell

    Light plays a vital role in our everyday lives, and technologies based on light are all around us. So we might expect that our understanding... Read more

  • The Indominus rex readies her attack in "Jurassic World" (ILM/Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment)

    Jurassic World Reviewed by a Dinosaur Expert: It Isn’t Faithful to Science, but so What?

    Jurassic World is shaping up to be a monster success, to say the least. The fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park series has become the... Read more

  • A Steller sea cow skeleton: extinct in 1768. (Tim Evanson/flickr, CC BY-SA)

    Study: Humans Causing Sixth Extinction Event on Earth

    Vitus Bering, the famous explorer, led perhaps the most ambitious scientific expedition ever in the 1730s. Commanding 10,000 people, he was in charge of exploring... Read more

  • One of Kitching’s original find of eggs, after being prepared by Diane Scott.

    Dinosaur Eggs Get Ready to Hatch Their Secrets—200 Million Years Later

    In the late winter of 1976, the world famous fossil collector James Kitching was doing a survey near South Africa’s border with Lesotho. To his... Read more

  • "We need to be able to talk about [emotions] to ourselves and others," says Thomas Scheff. "Feel and reveal is the secret." (Nick Walker/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

    Do Emotions Like Shame Botch Psych Research?

    Thomas Scheff would like psychologists to talk about emotion—not just to share feelings, but to advance science. According to Scheff, intuition could be the catalyst... Read more

  • Djuna Mauceri, holds 'Cookie,' a green-cheeked Conure exotic bird as Terri Jones, the Director of Birds Sanctuary, assists her for 'Birds in Bryant Park,' a program in Manhattan's Bryant Park to bring awareness to the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary & Educational Center on Aug. 21, 2012. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

    Pure Tones Make It Tougher to Isolate Noises

    In a noisy restaurant, music plays, glasses clink, and servers discuss the specials. All of these sounds hit the eardrum at the same time, yet conversation continues... Read more

  • "We found the genetic evidence for an arms race between plants like mustards, cabbage, and broccoli and insects like cabbage butterflies," says Chris Pires.(open-arms/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    We Owe Caterpillars for Spicy Mustard

    The next time you put mustard on a hotdog or horseradish on a burger, thank caterpillars and brassica for that extra flavor. While these condiments... Read more

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    Will Head Transplants Create an Entirely New Person?

    The world’s first full head transplant could take place as soon as 2017 if the controversial plans by Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero come to... Read more

  • The beauty of stained glass – all down to electron oscillations. (LoggaWiggler/CC0)

    Plasmonics: Revolutionizing Light-Based Technologies via Electron Oscillations in Metals

    For centuries, artists mixed silver and gold powder with glass to fabricate colorful windows to decorate buildings. The results were impressive, but they didn’t have... Read more

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    Math Students Just Did Baseball a Huge Favor

    Baseball’s major leagues have been using computers to produce their schedules for years, but for the minors, where resources are harder to come by, the... Read more

  • A girl stands as children play on May 28, 2013 with soap bubbles during the Share Drive of Life charity event organized by the Kiev Chapter Ukraine motorcycling club for children with autism in a park in Kiev. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

    Are Older Fathers Really More Likely to Have Autistic Children?

    Last month, the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal provoked outcries among feminists when she revealed that a Hollywood producer told her while casting for a film that... Read more

  • A hawkmoth with its proboscis extended approaches a robotic flower on which another hawkmoth has already landed. (Rob Felt/Georgia Tech)

    Hawkmoths Slow Their Brains to See in the Dark

    It’s difficult enough to see things in the dark, but if you’re a hummingbird-sized hawkmoth you also have to juggle hovering in midair while tracking... Read more

  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's new manned spacecraft, The Dragon V2, designed to carry astronauts into space during a news conference on May 29, 2014, in Hawthorne, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    SpaceX Announces Design Competition for Hyperloop

    LOS ANGELES—Billionaire Elon Musk wants to jump-start his Hyperloop high-speed transit system. Musk’s rocket-building company, SpaceX, announced Monday that it plans to build a 1-mile... Read more

  • "By mimicking birds, which have similar flight constraints as planes, we can look at developing systems that can more easily adapt to different speeds and conditions such as landing, cruise, and take-off," says Ingo Schiffner. (Max Exter/CC BY-NC 2.0)

    To Build Better Aircraft, Watch the Birdie (and the Bee)

    Researchers are taking cues from how birds and bees use vision in flight to design future autopilots and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). “By mimicking birds,... Read more

  • This artist's rendering depicts a pair of gold nanodisks linked by a gold bridge. (Fangfang Wen/Rice University)

    Tiny Gold ‘Pucks’ Measure Conductivity

    Researchers have discovered a new way to make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements at optical frequencies on high-speed nanoscale electronic components. In a series of experiments, the... Read more

  • The skeleton of an adult Tyrannosaurus rex is illuminated as it is on display during 'The Munich Show' exhibition for gems, jewellery, minerals and fossils on October 24, 2014 in Munich, southern Germany. ( SVEN HOPPE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Could Geneticists Make Jurassic World a Reality?

    In 1990, Michael Crichton published his novel Jurassic Park, in which scientists bring dinosaurs that had been extinct for millions of years back to life,... Read more