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Torture tested guitar strings

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-05 04:30

Making strings is a family business for the D'Addarios. In fact, Jim D'Addario, CEO of D'Addario and Company, remembers being a 13 when his dad first started asking him to test guitar string prototypes while watching television. 

Since taking over the company, D'Addario has made it a point to innovate the technology involved in making newer, better guitar strings. That's how the company's more durable NYXL strings came to be. The technology behind the new strings starts with the wire:

Here's host Ben Johnson with Jim D'Addario getting a chance to feel the wire for himself:

Part of the process of developing the NYXL strings has been, well, torturing them: stretching them beyond their normal capacity and then using a robotic arm to continuously strum the warped string.

As the saying goes, the proof is in the...broken strings? The average string lasts just a couple of strokes against the torture machine, while the NYXL strings can last upwards of 1,000 strums while still staying in tune.

Plunkett deserves to edge out Stokes - Agnew

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 04:27
Liam Plunkett deserves the call ahead of Ben Stokes in the England Test team to face Sri Lanka, says Jonathan Agnew.

VIDEO: Manhunt as police shot in Canada

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 04:21
Three Canadian police officers have been killed and two wounded by a gunman in the town of Moncton in New Brunswick.

How do you feed very sick babies?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 04:20
How are premature babies fed and what is involved?

VIDEO: The £12,000 cinema... in a shed

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 04:20
Sheds are often used as workshops or to store tools, but one pensioner in Oadby, Leicestershire, has spent £12,000 to build a 12-seater cinema in his back garden.

Tech firms battle with NSA fallout

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 04:20
How Snowden's leaks have made life hard for hi-tech firms

A Master's In Media...From Conde Nast?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-05 04:03

Architectural Digest, Wired, Vogue, Gourmet...why a magazine brand is getting into the education business.

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VIDEO: PM wants Lansley as UK commissioner?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 04:01
Andrew Lansley implies the prime minister asked him to be the UK's next European Commissioner.

Day in pictures: 5 June 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:58
News photos from past 24 hours: 5 June

AUDIO: The decline of teen magazines for girls

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:51
Marina Gask and Daisy Buchanan discuss the decline of teen magazines in the digital age.

Is vocal fry hurting women's job prospects?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:48

A new set of data suggests that vocal fry -- or vocal creakiness -- could negatively impact female job applicants. The study, published by the online journal PLOS, played samples of male and female subjects speaking in both a normal voice and with vocal fry. Participants were then surveyed as to which candidates they found to be more suitable to hire for a job. 

While a preference for a normal speaking voice was nearly equally matched for both men and women -- results show a preference for a normal voice 86 percent of the time for female speakers and 83 percent of the time for male speakers -- those surveyed reacted more negatively to women with vocal fry than men.

Olga Khazan, who covered the topic for The Atlantic, joins Marketplace's Mark Garrison to discuss the study and its implications for women in the workplace. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

Do you prefer a normal voice or fry voice? Click below to hear the vocal samples from the study:

 

Is vocal fry hurting women's job prospects?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:48

A new set of data suggests that vocal fry -- or vocal creakiness -- could negatively impact female job applicants. The study, published by the online journal PLOS, played samples of male and female subjects speaking in both a normal voice and with vocal fry. Participants were then surveyed as to which candidates they found to be more suitable to hire for a job. 

While a preference for a normal speaking voice was nearly equally matched for both men and women -- results show a preference for a normal voice 86 percent of the time for female speakers and 83 percent of the time for male speakers -- those surveyed reacted more negatively to women with vocal fry than men.

Olga Khazan, who covered the topic for The Atlantic, joins Marketplace's Mark Garrison to discuss the study and its implications for women in the workplace. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

Do you prefer a normal voice or fry voice? Click below to hear the vocal samples from the study:

 

Cave-Dwelling In Spain Offers A Welcome Inconvenience

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:48

In the province of Granada in Southern Spain, thousands of people live completely unplugged in caverns. The caves have been a place of refuge for centuries. Now they provide a new kind of escape.

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VIDEO: 'We are apes in denial' over religion

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:46
Religion has "far too strong and subtle control" over society, says James singer Tim Booth, in a personal film.

AUDIO: Missing girl hoaxer 'will be back'

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:44
A father, who was harassed by a woman pretending to be his missing daughter, fears she will return after jail.

'Extreme concern' over biker deaths

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:34
A spike in motorcycle road deaths among mainly middle-aged men is of extreme concern, says the Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner.

Bergdahl's Hometown Cancels Celebration Of His Return

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:29

Organizers of a rally held in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's honor while he was a prisoner say they're canceling this year's event, citing backlash over the prisoner swap that freed him.

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Caption Challenge: Plastic Goethes

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:19
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Trial for Venezuela opposition leader

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:13
Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez must go on trial on charges related to mass anti-government protests, a judge rules.

Book News: Experimental Debut Novel Wins Prestigious Baileys Prize

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-05 03:05

Also: A book at one of Harvard's libraries is "without a doubt bound in human skin"; J.K. Rowling has released an excerpt of her new novel.

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