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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:43

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.

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Syriza 'to end Greece's humiliation'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:34
The leader of Greek anti-austerity party Syriza says an end to "national humiliation" is near as polls put the party ahead three days before the election.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Dies; Witnessed A New Era

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:28

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.

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VIDEO: Can Artes Mundi outshine Turner Prize?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:10
The biggest art prize in the UK, 40,000 thousand pounds, has gone to the winner of Artes Mundi, the international contemporary art exhibition held in Wales every two years.

Patriots deny 'deflate-gate' plan

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:05
Coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady deny knowledge of plans for the New England Patriots team to intentionally deflate balls.

Van Gaal updates 'squeaky bum' quip

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:04
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal adapts Sir Alex Ferguson's "squeaky bum time" phrase to describe using the 4-4-2 system.

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:03

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.

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VIDEO: Is left on verge of power in Greece?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:02
Thousands of supporters of the radical left-wing party Syriza have been taking to the streets of the Greek capital Athens.

French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:54

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.

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Man Utd 'need Di Maria's pace'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:49
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is using Angel Di Maria as a striker so he can inject more pace into the attack.

US stocks swing higher on ECB move

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:48
US stocks swung to a higher close in the wake of the European Central Bank's announcement it plans to buy €60bn ($68.1bn) of bonds a month.

30-Year Sentence Lifted For Woman In El Salvador Abortion Case

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:40

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.

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For Many French Jews, Anti-Semitism Has A Clear Source

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:32

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.

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Auto industry's dirty little secret: Fake engine noise

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:30

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.


The 'second life' of Gill Hicks, Australian survivor of London bombings

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:18
Australian rebuilds her life after London bombings

McDonald's sued for racial bias

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:05
Ten former McDonald's workers file suit against the fast-food chain in federal court in Virginia, alleging racial discrimination.

VIDEO: #FreeSpeechStories: 'A message for the Taliban'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:03
Young Pakistani filmmakers use Facebook to confront Taliban

Fighting Spikes Again In Ukraine

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:00

Audie Cornish talks to Kiev-based journalist David Stern about the ongoing fighting in Ukraine.

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'I Have No Idea' Of Footballs' Condition, The Patriots' Brady Says

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:56

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.

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Microsoft's new holographic headset augments reality

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:44

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.