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Apple buys Shazam, the song-recognition app

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that the technology titan’s Siri digital assistant already uses to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones.  The companies didn’t disclose the price of the acquisition announced Monday. Recode previously reported Apple (AAPL) is paying about $400 million for Shazam, […]

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Anheuser-Busch orders 40 Tesla Semi trucks

DETROIT – Your beer could soon be delivered in a Tesla. Brewer Anheuser-Busch (BUD), which owns Budweiser and other brands, has placed an order for 40 all-electric Tesla Semis. Anheuser-Busch says it’s one of the largest orders Tesla (TSLA) has received for the truck, but Tesla isn’t confirming. Tesla unveiled the Semi last month, with CEO Elon […]

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Researchers determine the molecular structure of alpha-pinene, a compound produced by pine trees that’s important for air quality and climate — ScienceDaily

The fresh, unmistakable scent of a pine forest comes from a medley of chemicals produced by its trees. Researchers have now, for the first time, accurately determined the chemical structure of one of these compounds in its gas phase, a molecule called alpha-pinene, which is also produced by tropical forests. The new analysis can help […]

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Navigation apps could pose risk in California wildfires

The Los Angeles Police Department is reportedly telling motorists to avoid using navigation apps when attempting to avoid the region’s wildfires. According to the Los Angeles Times, authorities fear that these programs will guide motorists “onto more open routes — in this case, streets in the neighborhoods that are on fire.”  However, when Roadshow reached the […]

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Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles — ScienceDaily

An international team of scientists, led by the University of Leeds, has quantified the relationship between natural sources of particles in the atmosphere and climate change. Their study, published today in Nature Geoscience, shows that the cooling effect of natural atmospheric particles is greater during warmer years and could therefore slightly reduce the amount that […]

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Almanac: The infinity symbol – CBS News

And now a page from our “Sunday Morning” Almanac: December 3, 1616, 401 years ago today — a big day for mathematics … a very, VERY big day. For that day saw the birth in England of John Wallis, the mathematician credited with creating the symbol for infinity (∞). Although Pythagoras and other ancient Greeks […]

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Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap — ScienceDaily

New simulations show that the search for life on other planets may well be more difficult than previously assumed, in research published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The study indicates that unusual air flow patterns could hide atmospheric components from telescopic observations, with direct consequences for formulating the optimal […]

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