Spotify shares fall as Apple and Amazon give subscribers free access to ‘lossless music’ services 

Spotify stocks fell nearly three per cent Monday as Apple and Amazon both announced they’re offering millions of perfect quality songs to subscribers at no additional charge.  The two music streaming platforms will not make users pay more for ‘lossless songs’ that have exactly the same sound quality as when they were recorded in the studio.  … Read more

Spotify shares fall as Apple and Amazon give subscribers free access to ‘lossless music’ services 

Spotify stock took a tumble Monday as Apple and Amazon both announced they’re offering millions of lossless songs to subscribers at no additional charge.  Lossless audio maintains CD-quality sound in small files sizes, allowing listeners to hear songs ‘the way the artists created them in the studio,’ Apple said. Apple Music will add some 20 million lossless … Read more

Solar Orbiter captures footage of powerful eruptions from the sun

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar Orbiter spacecraft has recorded stunning footage of a powerful massive eruption coming from the sun. While just 46 million miles from our star, closer than the current orbit of Mercury, the orbiter watched a coronal mass ejection (CME) blast out into space. These eruptions have the potential to trigger … Read more

Traces of Neanderthal DNA extracted from cave dust

Small amounts of Neanderthal DNA discovered in the dust of Spanish and Russian caves could give researchers new insight into how our early ancestors lived.  The 100,000-year-old discoveries were made in three different spots: the Galeria de las Estatuas cave site in Burgos, Spain and the Chagyrskaya and Denisova caves in the Altai Mountain range … Read more

Traces of Neanderthal DNA extracted from cave dust

Small amounts of Neanderthal DNA discovered in the dust of Spanish and Russian caves could give researchers new insight into how our early ancestors lived.  The 100,000-year-old discoveries were made in three different spots: the Galeria de las Estatuas cave site in Burgos, Spain and the Chagyrskaya and Denisova caves in the Altai Mountain range … Read more

Mitochondrial DNA variations that reduce HEIGHT more common in Scotland, Wales and Northumbria

Errors found in the mitochondrial DNA of certain people can lead to them being shorter than those without the variations, a new study has found. The team from the University of Cambridge used data on 358,000 people from the UK Biobank and created a new technique to study mitochondrial DNA and its relationship to human … Read more

Twitter said to be working on a £2 subscription service

Twitter is working on a subscription service called ‘Twitter Blue’ that will provide users with some exclusive new features, according to a leak.  Twitter Blue, which will cost $2.99/month (about £2), will include an ‘Undo Send’ timer for tweets, says Hong Kong-based app researcher and tipster Jane Manchun Wong.  Undo Send previously leaked online in the form … Read more

Japanese researchers develop new super compact toilet paper

Japanese researchers develop super compact toilet paper where a single roll is 980ft long – THREE TIMES the height of the Statue of Liberty A Japanese team of researchers developed the 300 metre (980ft) single-ply They say just two rolls can provide as much toilet paper as a standard 12 roll pack No information on … Read more

Chernobyl: UK scientists are fighting Ukraine over seizure of vodka made from ‘radioactive’ apples

British and Ukrainian scientists have gone to court to fight the seizure of of 1,500 special bottles of vodka made from ‘radioactive’ apples grown near Chernobyl. Destined for sale, the batch of ‘Atomik’ liquor was made to highlight efforts to study the changing landscape in the 1,000 sq. mile exclusion zone around the power plant. The … Read more

Duke of Brittany ‘asked for his first wife to be painted over’ in 15th century manuscript

Duke Francis I of Brittany had an illustration of his first wife painted over in a 15th century manuscript with a picture of his new bride, a new study shows.  The duke made the alteration in Hours of Isabella Stuart, a book of hours, a Christian devotional book popular in the Middle Ages that was completed … Read more