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Sounds Intriguing: The World's Most Interesting Noises

As an acoustic engineer, Trevor Cox has spent most of his career getting rid of bizarre, unwanted sounds. But in The Sound Book, Cox turns up the volume on those sonic oddities. The book explores weird echoes and unexpected noises from around the globe — including "whisper galleries" and a chirping pyramid.

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Egypt's Crackdown Widens, But Insurgency Still Burns

The Egyptian security forces have targeted the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now classified as a terrorist group. But the crackdown has gone well beyond the one Islamist organization and now encompasses most everyone voicing dissent.

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With Wallets Bulging, States Must Decide How To Spend Their Cash

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 [Elfenmarsch, in G minor] London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn (conductor)
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