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Online Music Streaming Doubles In UK In 2013

Online Music Streaming Doubles In UK In 2013

Online music streaming in the UK has doubled in the last year, according to new figures.

But that has come at the expense of album sales, which have seen an overall dip during 2013 due to the decline in CD sales as people turn to digital listening.

Research by music trade body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Official Charts Company shows 7.4 billion tracks were played on paid-for or ad-funded streaming services in the last year read more

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Reflected Eye Photos Could Help Solve Crimes

Reflected Eye Photos Could Help Solve Crimes

Reflections in the eyes of people who feature in photographs could increasingly be “mined” to help solve crimes, researchers say.

Zooming in on high-megapixel images can capture recognisable images of the person taking the photo, or other people present at the time.

An experiment by the University of Glasgow’s psychology department found that faces of onlookers could be identified even from small, poor quality reflected images.

The zoomed-in images were only read more

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Teenagers Leaving Facebook For ‘Cooler’ Alternatives

Facebook is “basically dead and buried” with many UK teenagers feeling embarrassed even to be associated with it, new research says.

Young people are apparently turning away from it “in their droves” and are using “cooler” websites and apps such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp.

Professor Daniel Miller, from University College London, which helped carry out the research, said: “Where once parents worried about their children joining Facebook, the children read more

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Oppo Find 7 To Feature A 5.5-Inch Screen With 2K Resolution

Oppo Find 7 To Feature A 5.5-Inch Screen With 2K Resolution

The upcoming Oppo Find 7 will have a 5.5-inch with the first ever 2K resolution display on a mobile phone.

The resolution of 2560 x 1440px on a screen with a 5.5-inch diagonal adds for the whopping 538 pixels per inch.

Not only that, but the company is also promising “a 5.5″ screen with the feel of a 5″ screen device”, meaning that it will probably have super slim bezels.

The Oppo Find 7 is read more

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Met Office To Launch Round The Clock Space Weather Forecasting Service

Met Office To Launch Round The Clock Space Weather Forecasting Service

The UK government is launching a round-the-clock space weather forecasting system in partnership with the Met Office, which will make the country one of a just a handful monitoring the weather between Earth’s atmosphere and the Sun.

The service will be run by the Met Office thanks to a £4.6 million investment by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and will aim to protect national infrastructure. It equals to approximately one thousandth of the science budget, although it is being drawn from a separate pool of money, said Science Minister David Willetts, speaking at a press conference.

Space forecasts will start in spring 2014, but it will be autumn before the service is operating fully. The money will primarily be spent on the forecast bench, as well as a team of people that will read more

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France Implants Its First Artificial Heart

France Implants Its First Artificial Heart

An artificial heart that can give patients up to five years of extra life has been successfully implanted for the first time.

The heart, powered by watch-style batteries that can be worn externally, was put into a patient at Paris’s Georges Pompidou Hospital.

It uses a range of “biomaterials”, including bovine tissue, to reduce the likelihood of the body rejecting it.

Unlike previous artificial hearts, created mainly for temporary use, the design by the read more

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Nasa Astronauts Finish ISS Repair Spacewalk

Nasa Astronauts Finish ISS Repair Spacewalk

Nasa astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins have completed the first of three emergency spacewalks to replace a broken cooling pump at the International Space Station.

As the ISS orbited Earth at a speed of five miles per second, veteran spacewalker Mr Mastracchio led the way, followed by Mr Hopkins, who was making his first venture outside the global research lab.

From the inside, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata operated the station’s 50ft (15m) robotic arm, hoisting Mr Mastracchio and hefty equipment from one section of the lab to another.

“There read more

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Hopes For Human Moon Base

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Hopes For Human Moon Base

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield said the next logical step in space exploration would be a permanent base on the Moon.

He speaked following China’s successful mission to soft land a rover probe on the Moon’s surface.

Commander Hadfield found fame after posting videos of himself singing and tweeting about his experiences on the International Space Station.

And he has now claimed astronauts could be living on the read more

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Two Guys Made A Life-Sized Lego Car That Runs On Air

Two Guys Made A Life-Sized Lego Car That Runs On Air

Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida built a functional car out of Lego bricks that runs on air.

The car is the product of the duo’s Super Awesome Micro Project, a crowd-funded effort that allowed them to take 500,000 Lego bricks and 256 pistons and design a hot rod-esque masterpiece.

The car, from engine to seats, is made completely from the tiny bricks, with the exception of a few structural parts including wheels, tires, and gauges. Sammartino and Oaida estimate they’ve read more

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