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The Arciconfraternita di Carità verso i Trapassati have barred the Spectre team from filming a funeral scene at the Verano cemetery, in the latest setback on the James Bond set<p>James Bond movie Spectre has suffered another setback after an ancient Christian confraternity vetoed filming in a famous …

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Should You Stay Up Late?

Come on, one more episode of Scandal couldn't hurt.<p>So you want to keep bingeing on Netflix, but you need to wake up early tomorrow. What’s the worst that could happen?<p><i>Click here to read more about the science of sleep.</i><p><i>This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of</i> Popular Science.

Think You Can Measure An Invisible Asteroid?

If you're an amateur astronomer, or even just a night owl, today's citizen science project will definitely appeal.<p>The International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) wants you to measure an invisible asteroid at around 2:06 am on Thursday EDT, March 20th. How can you measure something you can't …

Far-away black hole spins at half the speed of light - Futurity

A team of astronomers is the first to directly measure the spin of a distant black hole that is 6 billion light years from Earth and 7.7 billion …

For older drivers, one drink may be too many - Futurity

A single drink can affect the driving ability of older drivers, according to research that suggests it may be time to reassess legal blood alcohol …

Alcohol

New ozone-depleting chemicals discovered in the atmosphere

Scientists have found four new gases that harm Earth’s ozone layer, despite bans.<p>Newly-discovered ozone-depleting chemicals are accumulating in the …

Memories Can Go Astray When We Step Outside Our Bodies

Our bodies may help us remember our lives, fixing experiences in place. By using virtual reality, scientists can make people feel like they're outside their own bodies. And when they do, the brain struggles to remember what happened.<p>The phenomenon is a bit like the disembodied sensation that some …

Practice Not As Important As Believed For Success

But don't use this as an excuse when you mess up at your piano recital.<p>You may have heard of the "10,000 hour rule," popularized in Malcolm Gladwell's book <i>Outliers</i>, which suggests that many people who have reached the top of their fields got there, in large part, due to practicing for 10,000 hours. …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for February 2014

Author: Wired Science Staff<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of …

During pregnancy, is air pollution as bad as cigarettes? - Futurity

Breathing outside air may be just as toxic to pregnant women—if not more so—as breathing cigarette smoke.

Ancient native boy's genome reignites debate over first Americans | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For more than 20 years anthropologists have debated whether the first Americans arrived in the New World by walking over a land bridge across the Bering Strait, as millions of schoolchildren have been taught, or by sea from southwest Europe, perhaps in animal-skin kayaks.<p>A new …

Ice Age infant has ties to modern Native Americans - Futurity

Genome sequencing of a Clovis child's skeletal remains proves that the first human settlers in North America were from Asia, not Europe.

Ice Age Infant’s Genes Show That Native Americans First Came From Asia

Toward the end of the last Ice Age, a baby boy, a year and a half old at most, was buried with great ceremony in central Montana, his body covered …

To improve mental health, quit smoking - Futurity

People who struggle with mood problems or addiction can safely quit smoking—and kicking the habit may improve their mental health, too.

Alien Earths: why life on other worlds would be far weirder than us

And you thought your planet was strange<p>Last month, the American Astronomical Society's 223rd meeting featured the announcement of a few breakthroughs: Using the Kepler space observatory, researchers had discovered a planet roughly the mass of Earth orbiting a star beyond our solar system, and with …

The Physics of Curly Hair—Because You Deserve to Know

<b>Correction appended, February 14</b><p>If you like (or don’t like) your curly hair, you can thank (or blame), your genes, your shampoo, your climate and …

Suspended telescope from 'GoldenEye' needs repair after earthquake damages cable

As if it didn't appear perilous enough already, the Arecibo Observatory's telescope — famously known as the setting to <i>GoldenEye</i>'s final fight — is now hanging by one fewer sturdy support after an earthquake last month seriously damaged one of its cables. According to <i>Universe Today</i>, the iconic …

Why adultery could aid a happy marriage

Psychologists argue that 'outsourcing' areas of your relationship could save it in the long term<p>Living separately or allowing your partner to sleep with other people could be the key to a successful marriage, psychologists have claimed.<p>They argue that “outsourcing” areas of marriage to other people …

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The Scent Of Your Earwax May Yield Valuable Information

Warning: It doesn't get any less gross from here.<p>As an Asian lady, I can't get over that people of African and European descent have moist earwax. I learned this years ago. I still can't get over it! I assumed everyone had earwax like me, so it was just too weird to learn otherwise.<p>Don't know what …

Video: The science of kissing

Why do we kiss? Well, duh, because it feels good. But why does it feel good?<p>The EarthSky team has a blast bringing you daily updates on your cosmos …

Dreams of 'self-discovery' destroying marriage, claims psychologist

Time was when a roof over your head, food on the table and occasional bouts of sexual activity were the hallmarks of a successful marriage. Not any more. According to a US psychologist, the modern marriage must fulfil far deeper demands, and most couples are struggling to cope.<p>Eli Finkel, director …

Are modern marriages stronger or suffocating? - Futurity

Couples expect more fulfillment from marriage than in the past, but actually put in less time and effort, report researchers.

Male sexual orientation influenced by genes, study shows

A study of gay men in the US has found fresh evidence that male sexual orientation is influenced by genes. Scientists tested the DNA of 400 gay men and found that genes on at least two chromosomes affected whether a man was gay or straight.<p>A region of the X chromosome called Xq28 had some impact on …

Are annual mammograms still a good idea? - Futurity

Annual mammograms of women ages 40 to 59 do not reduce breast cancer death rates when compared to regular physical examination or usual care.

Breast Cancer

How Does Misfortune Affect Long-Term Happiness?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Simply Happy.<p><b>About Dan Gilbert's TED Talk</b><p>We're doomed to be miserable if we don't get what we want — right? Not quite, says psychologist Dan Gilbert. He says our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.<p><b>About Dan</b> …

Secret Viking Code Decrypted: 'Kiss Me'

Medieval Norse cryptology was more about love than war.<p>For years, researchers puzzled over codes they saw carved into 13th-century Viking inscriptions. It's not that researchers don't know how to read Norse runes—they do. But about 80 existing fragments of runes seem to be encrypted. Are they …

Geometry shows why river rocks are round - Futurity

To explain why river rocks are small and round, scientists approached the issue as a geometrical problem, not a geological one.

A Jilted Babylonian Scribe Wrote This Heartbreaking Love Letter 4,000 Years Ago

Happy Valentine's Day from the Popular Science archives.<p>Thousands of years ago, a hurt and confused Babylonian man used a triangular stylus to jab a message to his lover into a small piece of wet clay:<p>To Bibea: May the gods for my sake preserve your health. Tell me how you are. I went to Babylon …

Construction workers unearth mammoth tusk in Seattle neighborhood

Construction workers in Seattle's South Lake Union area managed to unearth the tusk of a mammoth earlier this week. Experts at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington believe the tusk originated from a Columbia mammoth from approximately 16,000 years ago, and it may be the largest tusk …