Archive for April 18th, 2017

#GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

April 18, 2017

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering from another massive bleaching event, the first time in memory such episodes have hit in back-to-back calendar years.

Experts fear the proximity of the two events gives the coral little chance to recover.

Key areas of the Reef suffered severe coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017.

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Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

April 18, 2017

As if a beleaguered music industry didn’t already have enough to contend with, the rise of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Deezer and Tidal –  yes! even Tidal! – have changed the way many people listen to music. It has also brought about a new form of piracy, known as “stream ripping”.

This new type of copyright infringement has overtaken conventional music download piracy.

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It’s not all days of wine and roses at the streaming companies, either. Spotify is the most successful streaming music service in the world and streaming is the music industry’s fastest-growing revenue source, yet none of the popular services has yet turned a profit.

Spotify has reportedly been in talks to acquire SoundCloud for some months now, but still no decisive action.

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Fuels for life found on moon of Saturn – an annotated infographic

April 18, 2017

Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has discovered hydrogen and carbon dioxide erupting in plumes of vapour from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. These are the critical organic chemical ingredients that sustain microbial life in extreme environments on Earth.

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