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Report: Apple will bake Beats subscription music service into iOS

22 min 33 sec ago

Apple is planning to embed the Beats subscription music service into iOS next year, reports the Financial Times. Apple has been skeptical of the streaming music business until now, but Beats might be a boon for iTunes customers.

Lifesaving Beats: Songs Can Help with CPR Training

November 21, 2014 - 3:23pm
The 1977 disco hit "Stayin' Alive" is officially the song to accompany CPR's chest compression. But Japanese scientists are now teaching the lifesaving maneuver using other songs that have the right beat for CPR and are more popular in their country.

Disney's 'Frozen' Snowman to 'Let It Go' as Cosmonaut's Zero-G Doll

November 21, 2014 - 2:23pm
Do you want to launch a snowman? That is perhaps the question and paraphrased song line that Anton Shkaplerov's daughter may have asked her cosmonaut father about the Disney 'Frozen' Olaf doll she suggested he fly to the space station.

LiquidPiston unveils quiet X Mini engine prototype

November 21, 2014 - 1:40pm
LiquidPiston has a new X Mini engine which is a small 70 cubic centimeter gasoline powered "prototype. This is a quiet, four-stroke engine with near-zero vibration. The company said it can bring improvements to applications such as lawn equipment, small generators, mopeds, auxiliary power units for boats, and UAVs. The engine's improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics, said the company, will increase product performance, enhance operator comfort and prolong application life.

How mutant gene can cause deafness

November 20, 2014 - 7:45pm
Scientists have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies. "This raises hopes that we could, in principle, use gene-therapy approaches to restore function in hair cells and thus develop new treatment options for hearing loss," said the senior author of the new study.

Touchdown! Hear the sound Philae made as it landed on a comet

November 20, 2014 - 4:55pm
Listen to this! When the Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander landed on the surface of a comet last week, it actually recorded the sound of its feet meeting the comet for the first time – and now you can hear it too.

Premier US album chart revamped to include streaming

November 20, 2014 - 4:50pm
The Billboard chart, the benchmark for US music sales, will next week start to include streaming in its measurements to reflect the rapid growth of services such as Spotify.

YouTube goes online for second Music Awards

November 20, 2014 - 4:23pm
The YouTube Music Awards are undergoing an overhaul for their second edition next year, scrapping a star-studded gala and instead looking at videos' online buzz.

Ghosts of Early Language May Linger in the Brain

November 20, 2014 - 1:00pm
Chinese adoptees living in Canada, who now speak only French, still process Chinese sounds as native speakers do, even if they have no conscious recall of word meaning.

Streaming may suffocate the music industry – or save it

November 20, 2014 - 8:50am
Taylor Swift's announcement that she was removing her music from the Spotify music service started a debate about the future of music. Swift argued that artists were not receiving appropriate compensation and that a pick-and-choose approach to consuming music undermined value of music as art. Spotify, and similar music services, had been seen as the way of reconciling the interests of musicians, record labels and consumers in the face of rampant illegal downloading.

What's behind our music tastes? Some common perceptions

November 20, 2014 - 8:08am
Metal heads, jazz purists and folkies may have more in common musically than you imagined. A new study sheds light on the shared ways in which humans perceive music.

What's behind our music tastes? Some common perceptions

November 20, 2014 - 7:19am
Metal heads, jazz purists and folkies may have more in common musically than you imagined. A new study sheds light on the shared ways in which humans perceive music.

TSRI researchers find how mutant gene can cause deafness

November 19, 2014 - 11:00pm
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies.

Within two years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced

November 19, 2014 - 3:09pm

It often surprises people to hear that big companies like Exxon use a “shadow carbon price” when assessing future investment opportunities (in other words, they assume a price on carbon even where/when there isn’t one). After all, if you only pay attention to the headlines, it sounds like the big story on climate change is that nobody’s doing anything and we’re all doomed. Why would Exxon think carbon will be priced any time soon?

Well, it turns out that carbon is getting priced, not in the big, dramatic, simple way climate hawks would prefer, but incrementally, piecemeal, country-by-country, region-by-region, still inadequately but in a way that’s starting to add up.

The always-excellent folks at the Sightline Institute have done the world a favor by pulling all the world’s carbon pricing systems into one place. Here’s their awesome animated map:

Sightline Institute

As you can see, the big story (as usual) is China, which is planning on rolling out a nationwide cap-and-trade system in 2016. That system will instantly become the largest in the world, covering some 5,000 million metric tons worth of emissions, about 13 percent of the the world’s total. Once that’s in place, about a quarter of the world’s total carbon emissions will be priced. Not bad!

The next biggest systems after China’s are the EU’s and Japan’s. America’s — RGGI on the East Coast and California’s on the West Coast — are comparatively small, especially relative to total emissions in those areas.

How high are the prices on carbon? Sightline explains:

Prices range from $1 to $168 per ton, but most cluster between $10 and $30 per ton. For example, California’s price is currently around $13 per ton, and British Columbia’s price is currently around $28. The price outlier at $168 per ton is Sweden, where a high and persistent price has helped reduce pollution 13 percent in a decade. A carbon tax of $28 plus other policies have helped Ireland slash pollution more than 15 percent since 2008.

Sightline’s post contains a bunch more insights, including what sectors are most commonly covered (electricity and large industry), the variety of uses for carbon revenue, and the ways that various systems protect heavy-emitting industries. I particularly appreciate this point:

What’s better: a cap or a tax?

Wrong question. What matters are those pesky details. A well-designed tax can deliver the same benefits as a well-designed cap. Poor design can ruin either.


Anyway, check out Sightline’s post, and while you’re over there, give them some money. For such a comparatively small outfit, they are creating an enormous amount of value.

Filed under: Article, Climate & Energy

Timberlake becomes co-owner of audio tech company

November 19, 2014 - 7:28am
Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc.

A phonetic key to prosociality and engagement

November 19, 2014 - 5:50am
(Phys.org) —People are more likely to help someone whose name ends with the "hard e" (/ē/) sound; women, in particular, prefer /ē/ sounds; and children's behavioral patterns seem to indicate that asking "Mommy?" for help gets better results than "Mom" or "Mother."

A novel method for identifying the body's 'noisiest' networks

November 19, 2014 - 5:00am
(Phys.org) —A team of scientists led by Yale University systems biologist and biomedical engineer Andre Levchenko has developed a novel method for mapping the biochemical variability, or "noise," in how human cells respond to chemical signals. The research, published Nov. 17 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, could be used to tailor drug delivery to a patient's individual cell responses and may have further implications for advances in semiconductor chip design.

Rare Southern Songbird Thrives in 'Biological Deserts': Pine Tree Farms

November 18, 2014 - 4:16pm
Swainson's warbler, a rare songbird, has weathered centuries of habitat loss and is now thriving in a surprising place: pine tree plantations in the southeastern U.S.

Spotify boosts staff numbers as streaming competition heats up

November 18, 2014 - 2:18pm
Spotify, the world's largest online music streaming service, plans to boost its staff numbers by a third, its co-founder and chief executive said Tuesday amid increasing competition from other technology companies.

Musicians show advantages in long-term memory

November 18, 2014 - 11:55am
Psychologists have demonstrated a link between musical training and long-term memory advantages.