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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.

States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:33

Although the Republican-led House decided not to vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks, 10 states already have such measures and more states are considering them.

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Chicago artist wins Artes Mundi

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:30
Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates wins the coveted Artes Mundi 6 award in Cardiff.

EU stimulus to 'reinforce' inequality

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:25
The billionaire investor George Soros has warned that the aggressive stimulus policy rolled-out by the European Central Bank could "reinforce inequality" in the EU.

Patriots' Coach 'Shocked' At Allegations Of Deflated Footballs

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

The New England Patriots' coach and quarterback are weighing in on the controversy surrounding the deflated footballs used in the playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Obama Takes His State Of The Union Messages To YouTube

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

President Obama is pitching his State of the Union proposals on a campaign-like trip and on YouTube.

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Yemen In Chaos Amid Reports Of Government's Collapse

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

U.S. military advisers are keeping a low profile in Yemen after Huthi rebels staged a near coup. Sources tell NPR that U.S. special operations forces are still doing operations, but nothing to antagonize the Huthis. Meanwhile, White House officials are meeting to see what the changes mean for the counter-terror fight that President Obama lauded as a success only five months ago.

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House Republican Leaders Drop Effort To Ban Some Abortions

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

House Republican leaders had planned to pass a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and coinciding with the annual protest march by abortion opponents. But with Republican women balking at that measure, they instead passed a bill prohibiting the use of taxpayer money for abortions, something that's been in spending bills for years.

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Atomic Scientists' 'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board is warning that "the probability of global catastrophe is very high" unless quick action is taken.

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Will Netanyahu's Congress Visit Help His Election Prospects?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., about whether he thinks Netanyahu's address to Congress in March will help him with his election a few weeks afterwards.

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Google Could Provide Relief To Sprint, T-Mobile With Wireless Deal

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Google plans to enter the wireless phone business, according to published reports. By purchasing capacity on the T-Mobile and Sprint networks, Google could sell mobile service directly to customers, a move that would shake up the wireless industry.

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Prosecutor's Mysterious Death Grips Argentina

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez says she believes Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, was murdered.

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Netanyahu Accepts Republican Invitation To Address Congress

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Lawmakers say the Obama administration is "stiff arming" Congress, keeping them away from diplomacy with Iran. The House Speaker is fighting back, inviting Israel's tough talking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress soon.

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No Federal Charges Expected Against Darren Wilson

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Mayors and police chiefs are asking how they can rebuild trust with minority communities. The question comes as a Justice Department investigation of a white police officer in the shooting death of a black man in Ferguson, Mo., is winding down.

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