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Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, according to his state TV. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was 90 years old; when he was born, Saudi Arabia was not a country, let alone an oil-producing power.
Two of the biggest dollar stores are merging. Family Dollar shareholders agreed to an $8.7 billion takeover Thursday, choosing not to accept a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust fears.
Two of the men involved in the Paris attacks met in prison, where they transformed from small-time criminals to jihadists. France is now redoubling its effort to prevent radicalization in its prisons.
Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana had steadfastly denied having an abortion. She said her unborn baby had died due to medical complications. This week, Congress pardoned her after seven years in jail.
French Jews say anti-Semitism, an issue for generations, is now coming largely from radical Muslmis. Jewish emigration has been rising, but many Jews also say they're determined to stay in France.
The engine noise you hear on the fine roads of the United States of America are often artificially enhanced, according to the Washington Post.
Fake engine noise has become one of the auto industry's dirty little secrets, the report says. Drivers want better gas mileage, but also the sound of a powerful car.
Volkswagen uses something called a "Soundaktor." Porsche has a "Sound Symposer."
Click on the audio player at the top of the page to see if you can hear the difference between an engine that's sound-enhanced and one that's not.
Audie Cornish talks to Kiev-based journalist David Stern about the ongoing fighting in Ukraine.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he didn't give the game balls a thought during Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts. "I didn't alter the ball in any way," he said.
Meet Microsoft's HoloLens:
Microsoft unveiled its new headset which will layer elements of virtual reality onto the real world. It will use holograms to facilitate fully immersive gaming, enhance conferences, and help with day-to-day tasks.
Author Jessi Hempel got to try them on herself for a preview in Wired Magazine. “This is a little bit like virtual reality … except nothing like it, because it takes all the best elements of virtual reality and layers them into the real world,” she says.
For instance, she used the goggles to fix an electrical issue while on a video call with an electrician. From his screen, the electrician circled the pieces Hempel needed to work on, and the drawings appeared directly on the wires. Likewise, this device allows wearers to digitally interact with the physical world. Hempel describes wearing the glasses, “I’ll see the room around me but I might also be able to reach out and draw a circle on the wall that looks like a real circle on the wall.”
Microsoft is not the first to create holographic goggles, but Hempel says that the HoloLens surpasses beta versions like Google Glass. The goggles probably won’t hit the market until next year, so we’ll have to wait. But the good news is they’ll probably be affordable.