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Roadrunner Records has announced today that they have added Canadian prog rock power trio Rush to the family. Check out the press release from Roadrunner below for more details.

Press release

Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce a new worldwide partnership with Anthem Records and rock trio Rush. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.

“We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records, and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre – and that’s Roadrunner,” said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush. [read]

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You know what that lady above has in her hands?  That’s 64GB of speedy SATA interfaced-iSSD goodness.  That little postage stamp sized chip, which weighs about as much as a paper clip can be plopped on a computer motherboard (or an iPhone, iPod, etc) and act as a boot drive or as speedy storage.

What I’d like to see is a kit (OWC?) that allows one of these to be inserted on top of a hard drive in a MacBook, allowing a dual drive system.  Seems reasonable, right?  [read]

Studies show children with musical training have more neural activity in response to changes in pitch during speech than those without such training. An enhanced ability to detect changes in pitch might help musicians better judge emotion in speech or distinguish a statement from a question. Musically trained children have better vocabularies and reading abilities than children who don’t have this musical education.

The musically trained may also fare better when learning a foreign language. Musicians are better able to put together sound patterns into words for a foreign language, the researchers say. [read]

With so many talented Photoshop artists in the world, these boneheads hired and idiot hack.

BP Photoshops Another Official Image TerriblyThis week it came to light that BP had photoshopped—poorly—an official image of their crisis command center. Apparently, that wasn’t an isolated incident. Let’s take a closer look at this view from a helicopter, shall we? UPDATED:

The photo, sent in by a tipster and entitled “View of the MC 252 site from the cockpit of a PHI S-92 helicopter 26 June 2010,” shows up here, a section of BP’s website that hopes to explain their response effort through pictures. This one, sadly, is fabricated. [read]

FACEBOOK – Five-hundred million’s an awful big number.

It’s the world’s population divided by 14. It’s the approximate number of people living in European Union countries. It’s the combined population of Latin America, minus Columbia and Argentina.

It’s also the number of global active users on Facebook as of this morning, the company made known in a video and blog post today. The milestone was widely anticipated this week, but is no less stunning for having been predicted.

The company now ranks fourth among global Web properties in terms of unique users, according to comScore. It still lags behind Google (932 million), which will likely be the first Web company to reach 1 billion monthly users, as well as Microsoft (789 million) and Yahoo (622 million). However Facebook’s estimated annual growth rate – 73 percent – eclipses all of those sites. (Since comScore captures visitors who are not registered, its estimates skew higher than Facebook’s internal numbers.) [read]

Unveiled today at the New Music Seminar in New York City, the Ultimate Chart aims to update ancient methods still used to track the popularity of songs and artists. Rather than basing rankings primarily on, for example, physical album and single sales, the Ultimate Chart uses everything from Amazon downloads and Vevo views to Facebook fans and Twitter followers to provide the music industry a chart for the digital age.

“For the first time this is getting beyond but not leaving behind traditional sales and airplay,” said Eric Garland, CEO of Big Champagne, the company behind the chart. “What we’ve tried to do is take everything we know about the ways in which artists and their fans connect and put that into one measure, so that we really know where we stand.” [read]

PARIS – The enigmatic smile remains a mystery, but French scientists say they have cracked a few secrets of the “Mona Lisa.”

French researchers studied seven of the Louvre Museum’s Leonardo da Vinci paintings, including the “Mona Lisa,” to analyze the master’s use of successive ultrathin layers of paint and glaze — a technique that gave his works their dreamy quality.

Specialists from the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France found that da Vinci painted up to 30 layers of paint on his works to meet his standards of subtlety. Added up, all the layers are less than 40 micrometers, or about half the thickness of a human hair, researcher Philippe Walter said Friday. [read]