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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Spanks Box Office With $30.2M Friday

I have joked a couple times about my hope that somewhere in America this weekend there will be a movie theater that accidentally plays <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> in an auditorium filled with <i>The</i> <i>SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water</i> fans. My mother replied that the reverse would actually be funnier, and upon …

Drake Covers Kanye West’s ‘Only One,’ ‘FourFiveSeconds’ at New York Gig

Nearly 24 hours after Drake dropped his surprise 17-track mixtape <i>If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late</i> on iTunes, the rapper capped off his busy day …

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry Form Hollywood Vampires Supergroup

The Hollywood Vampires rise again. Decades after Alice Cooper presided over the Lair of the Hollywood Vampires, the rocker has revived the moniker …

'Interstellar' Visual Effects Team Publishes Black Hole Study

The special effects that power the sci-fi blockbuster "Interstellar" are helping researchers better understand supermassive black holes and other real-world cosmic phenomena.<p>The "Interstellar" visual-effects crew has published a scientific study describing the computer code that brought to life the …

Tales of Broken Hearts

Some Viruses Gang Up, Research Shows

Viruses such as EV-D68 and its distant cousin polio gang up to infect cells, researchers reported Friday.<p>Then these gaggles of enteroviruses cloak themselves in pieces of the infected cell to sneak out and infect other cells.<p>The findings, reported in the journal Cell, may help lead to treatments …

5,800-Year-Old Skeletons Found Locked in Embrace Near Greek Cave

ATHENS, Greece -- Death did not part them. Archaeologists in southern Greece have discovered the grave of a man and woman buried as they died some 5,800 years ago — still tightly embracing. A senior member of the excavation team, Anastassia Papathanassiou, says the discovery — made in 2013 and …

Will Pacific Island Nations Disappear as Seas Rise? Maybe Not

Reef islands can grow and change shape as sediments shift, studies show.<p>"If you were faced with the threat of the disappearance of your nation, what would you do?"<p>That's the question Enele Sopoaga, the prime minister of the tiny Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu, asked fellow world leaders at the …

To Be or Not to Be Signaling the Aliens: That Is the Question for SETI

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For more than 50 years, scientists have been listening for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, to no avail. Now some experts on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, think it's time for a sustained effort to send signals out to extraterrestrial …

Watch: Scientists find the brutal blow that killed Richard III

Researchers studying the skull of King Richard III say they have determined the fatal blow that killed the medieval monarch more than 500 years ago.<p>The alignment of a mark on the inside of the skull, a wound on a vertebra, and the smaller of two wounds on the base of the neck suggest he was killed …

Weird Sub-Neptunes and Super-Earths Pop Up in Kepler's Planet Search

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One of the most common kinds of planets detected by NASA's Kepler telescope appears to be a type that doesn't exist in our own solar system, a leading astronomer on the Kepler team said Friday.<p>This type of planet has a size in the range between two and four times Earth's …

Bug Kama Sutra: Flexible Moth Evolved Many Ways to Mate

Weird & Wild<p>Every day is Valentine's Day for the gold swift moth, which may have the most advanced mating system of any bug.<p>When Pope Gelasius of Rome declared February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day about 1,500 years ago, he probably didn't know about the surprisingly romantic acrobatics of the gold …

For Valentine's Day, draw brains, not hearts

Forget the heart and Cupid this Valentine's Day. It's the brain that makes you do crazy stuff when you're in love.<p>In fact, love apparently can remodel your brain, according to a study published online Friday in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.<p>It's the latest in science's admittedly wonky attempts …

'It's a Good One': Second Baby Orca Spotted in Endangered Pod

A scientist who tracks a group of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound says he's spotted a second baby born to the pod in the past two months.<p>Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research confirmed the newborn orca in J-pod after it was spotted Thursday. He said the week-old calf, …

Right Now, You're Breathing A Potentially Dangerous Substance

Air: It's one of the world’s most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances<p>The air man needs a fresh hit. It’s a beautiful summer morning. Dew shines on the grass. Birds chirp. What a glorious day to contemplate the air. I had con­tacted the air man—he has a name: Steven …

Public Health

Heart of darkness: Scientists probe dark matter near Milky Way's core

Even though scientists have managed to quantify how much dark matter lurks in distant galaxies, astronomers have been hard-pressed to figure out how much of the mysterious stuff lies within our own.<p>But in a paper published in the journal Nature Physics, a team of researchers has managed to measure …

Dark Matter

Space Shots: The Universe's Best Images

A gallery of photos, visualizations, and other pictures of outer space.<p><i>This post was last updated on Friday, May 12, 2017.</i><p>Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we love space—and we know you do too. From seeing the nearly-true colors of Europa, a molten metal orb levitate in microgravity, or even a map of a …

Astronomy

Somber Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder

Tonight, look for ruddy-hued Betelgeuse, one of the sky’s most famous stars. Kids especially like Betelgeuse, because its name sounds so much like</i> …

Astronomy

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 …

Revealed: the science behind teenage laziness

They may lie in, act selfishly and take risks, but research by a leading neuroscientist suggests that adolescents may be right when they say nobody understands them<p>Teenagers really get a bad time,’ says Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. ‘It is amazing how it seems to be totally acceptable – even …

Watch: Stunning Nasa time-lapse captures Sun's activity over five years

A captivating video has been released by Nasa showing some of the most memorable moments of the Sun's activity in the last five years<p><b>The Sun</b>'s most impressive activity over the last five years has been released in a time-lapse <b>video</b> by Nasa.<p>The three minute video shows the changing surface of the …

Scientists go high and low for data on drought-fighting 'sky rivers'

Finally, it had arrived: the long band of atmospheric water vapor from the tropics that scientists were eager to examine from every conceivable angle.<p>"This is the big blockbuster event," Cmdr. Mark Sweeney said shortly before he guided a federal research plane named Miss Piggy into a puffy, …

Top 10 reasons we fall in love

On this Valentine’s Day 2018, what the world of science suggests about the mystery we call love.<p>When I was young, it seemed as if I fell in love a …

Relationships

Fantastic Physics Valentines You Can Use To Woo

1. Print out double-sided 2. Give to crush 3. Garner endless love<p>I'm sure (P<0.0000003) I would fall for anyone who gave me one of these. The cards above are Valentines from <i>Symmetry</i>, a magazine published by Fermilab and SLAC, two particle-accelerator facilities based in the U.S. My favorite thing …

Kiss for the Camera: Watch What Happens

August guide to the bright planets

In August 2018, 4 planets arc across the evening sky. From west to east as night falls, these bright worlds are Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Late …

Astronomy