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Spotify has a clever plan to make more money from 'superfans'

The session was set up by Spotify, but it wasn't part of a traditional contest or lottery. The set-up was part of a larger plan Spotify has to help artists use data to identify their most passionate fans. And this push has big implications for the future of making money as a musician, Spotify's Jim …

Punk Was Rubbish and It Didn’t Change Anything: An Investigation

It might have got record companies to finally wake up to a few grotty upstarts doing it for themselves, but the nothing in the real world changed.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey UK.</i><p>Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? A neat narrative seems to have sprung up around punk and been fed …

Nexus 6P Vs iPhone 6S Plus Review: 2015's Best Smartphones

The next month is going to be all about Samsung, but arguably the most interesting rivalry in the smartphone world today is between Apple and its increasingly vocal nemesis Google. For the first time Google has started promoting its Nexus range and its latest flagship, the Nexus 6P, is a truly …

Phones

Maurice White: The Audacity Of Uplift

All that is solid melts in the presence of funk. Maurice White — the prolific songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, bandleader, organizer and conceptualist at the helm of multi-platinum act Earth, Wind & Fire who transitioned on Thursday at 74 after a 25-year struggle with Parkinson's Disease — …

Richard Nixon

Blood test to spot five deadly cancers could prevent thousands of deaths

A blood test being developed by US scientists could pick up breast, bowel, lung, womb or stomach cancer at an early stage<p>A simple blood test which detects five of the most deadly types of cancer is being developed by scientists.<p>Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute in the US …

Touring Can’t Save Musicians in the Age of Spotify

Every couple of months, I see another post in my Facebook feed about a band that was cut off by an 18-wheeler or skidded on a patch of black ice and rolled their van into a ditch. Some members are injured, and they’re launching a Kickstarter campaign to pay for medical bills and to get back on …

Music

How Google Aims To Dominate Artificial Intelligence

The search giant is making its AI open source so anyone can use it<p>How Google Aims To Dominate AI<p>How Google Aims To Dominate AI<p>By Dave Gershgorn<p>In November 2007, Google laid the groundwork to dominate the mobile market by releasing Android, an open ­source operating system for phones. Eight years …

Artificial Intelligence

Good Talks Needed to Combat HPV Vaccine Myth

When people hear about vaccine deniers — anti-vaxxers, to some — they most often think about parents who are refusing to vaccinate their children. But there’s another type of vaccine refusal, and it’s important that we not ignore that. Doctors sometimes promote the use of some vaccines with less …

Public Health

The Crispr Quandary

One day in March 2011, Emmanuelle Charpentier, a geneticist who was studying flesh-eating bacteria, approached Jennifer Doudna, an award-winning scientist, at a microbiology conference in Puerto Rico. Charpentier, a more junior researcher, hoped to persuade Doudna, the head of a formidably large …

Genetics

Nexus 6P Review: Google And Huawei Have Made Magic

Article Contents<p>1 Specs<p>2 The Good<p>3 The Not So Good<p>3.1 Design and build<br>• 3.2 Display<br>• 3.3 Battery life<br>• 3.4 Connection and call quality<br>• 3.5 Audio and …

Phones

Decade of Decadence: A Timeline of the Eighties Sunset Strip

"Livin' in L.A. is so much-a . . . fffuuuun!" screeched Faster Pussycat's Taime Downe in 1987. And nowhere was the party crazier, sleazier or more …

Music

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

Universe

Getting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in your car is easier than you think

A third-party car stereo is all you need<p>It's taken a minute, but this is the year when Apple's and Google's in-car solutions for smartphone integration finally started to show up. You can now go out and buy a car that has support for CarPlay or Android Auto, plug in your phone, and drive away. But …

The Whisky Wars: Japan Versus Scotland

For the first time ever, Japan is challenging Scotland for whisky dominance, and consumers are the winners.<p>Japanese whisky was once considered a novelty crowded out by Scottish offerings, but this perspective changed radically two years ago after renowned spirits writer Jim Murray named Yamazaki’s …

Under the sea: the underwater farms growing basil, strawberries and lettuce

Scuba divers and agricultural experts develop a project to work out if growing plants in pods on the seabed could be a viable solution to future food security<p>Beneath the blue waters 100m off the coast of Noli in northwest Italy lies a cluster of balloon-like pods pegged to the seabed by ropes half …

Farming

Migration crisis: bird experts lose Chris the Cuckoo

Chris is the last of five birds who were fitted with satellite-tagged ‘backpacks’ in 2012 to monitor their migration routes<p>It may not be on the scale of Calais but in the Norfolk offices of the British Trust for Ornithology an unprecedented migration crisis is unfolding.<p>Chris the Cuckoo, whose …

Birds

Anger over Natural History Museum plans to bulldoze wildlife garden

Scientist who have cared for the garden for 10 years say the Natural History Museum is sending out the message that habitats are disposable<p>A row has broken out at the Natural History Museum between scientists and managers over plans to bulldoze an important wildlife garden to provide access to a …

Kanpai! The Five Best 12 Year Old Japanese Whiskies

Last week hummus and yoga were “in”, and while they’re not out yet, there’s a new top dog in Popularville: Japanese Whisky. Notice the spelling — …

Google is teaming up with environmental groups to help fight illegal fishing

Google will team up with SkyTruth, a digital mapping organization, and Oceana, a marine advocacy group, in an initiative to fight illegal fishing.<p>They're planning to create an interactive tool called Global Fishing Watch, which will gather fishing data using boats' Automatic Identification System. …

Cleveland Clinic Announces Top 10 Medical Innovations For 2015

The Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s best and most innovative hospitals, today announced its list of the Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have a major impact on improving patient care in 2015. The 9th annual Medical Innovations list was selected by a panel of 110 Cleveland Clinic …

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Why Ebola Probably Won't Go Airborne

Once you are infected, few diseases are more likely to kill you — and death by hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and vomiting often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure, sounds particularly awful. At present it's hard to get infected — healthcare workers and family members caring for victims are at …

Ebola discoverer: 'Without a vaccine I’m not sure we can stop Ebola’

Prof Peter Piot, the Belgian scientist who co-discovered the virus, never anticipated that it would cause such a humanitarian crisis<p>THE EBOLA VIRUS – its very name seems to have come straight from the heart of darkness – is striking fear across the globe. It has killed (officially) 4,546 people out …

Disease

Country Music's Adventurous Streak

Despite its reputation for traditionalism, the genre has long welcomed outside influences—a fact that's as true today as it was in the period covered by Country Funk 1967-1974.<p>The compilation <i>Country Funk Vol. 2</i>, which collects songs by country singers that show the influence of funk between 1967 …

The Problem With Ebola In The Media

The Ebola situation in West Africa is clearly not good. The death toll is rising, and people continue to become infected. Global efforts to contain the outbreak and care for patients are ramping up somewhat, as help from other nations, finally, steps in. In the last couple of days, however, …

Spotify's UK revenues rose 42% in 2013 as music service turned a profit

Streaming firm’s UK income up to £131m as it turns 2012’s £11m loss into a £2.6m profit in 2013<p>Streaming music service Spotify’s UK business was profitable for the first time in 2013, according to the company’s latest set of financial results.<p>They reveal that Spotify Ltd’s revenues rose 41.8% from …

Scientists grapple with ethics in rush to release Ebola vaccines | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait.<p>Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute, and Chief …

Ebola drains already weak West African health systems

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1110000/1110847_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524661663_6968a9705b399ed790589372f0b80773<p><b>The deadly Ebola virus ravaging Sierra Leone and Liberia has pushed already weak healthcare systems into intensive care.</b><p>While global efforts have been …