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Scotland lowered the voting age to 16 for Thursday's referendum on whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or opt for independence. It was widely assumed the teenagers would overwhelmingly vote for independence, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Scott Heppell/AP hide caption

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Parallels

For Scotland's 16-Year-Olds, The First Vote Will Be On Independence

Scotland has lowered the voting age from 18 to 16 for Thursday's referendum on independence. But it looks like the youngest voters won't be casting ballots in the way that many had initially expected.

Scotland lowered the voting age to 16 for Thursday's referendum on whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or opt for independence. It was widely assumed the teenagers would overwhelmingly vote for independence, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Scott Heppell/AP hide caption

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Scott Heppell/AP

For Scotland's 16-Year-Olds, The First Vote Will Be On Independence

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Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, leave a news conference after his release from Emory University Hospital on Aug. 21. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Goats and Soda

The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient

8 min

The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient

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"I became a poet in Pittsburgh," says, poet and University of Pittsburgh professor Terrance Hayes, pictured above at his home. Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

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Syrian rebel fighters in the northern city of Aleppo in August. The Obama administration has been vetting rebel groups and decided that more than a dozen are moderate enough to arm. Zein al-Rifai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After A Long Wait, Syrian Rebels Hope The Weapons Will Now Flow

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Should we drink diet soda or not? The latest study doesn't really clear things up. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

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SuperPAC NextGen Climate Action aired a 60-second ad about Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst featuring two rich guys with a briefcase full of cash. YouTube hide caption

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Politics

A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

3 min

A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

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The Beatles' "Hey Jude" concludes with one of pop music's most epic fade-outs. Vimeo hide caption

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Music News

The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

4 min

The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

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