Inferno on the 110 and 101

An apartment building under construction caught fire in downtown Los Angeles early Monday morning, sparking an inferno that damaged two other buildings and closed two freeways, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The fire, able to be seen for miles, is on the corner of Temple and Fremont streets. The location is close to the four-level freeway interchange junction on the northern edge of the downtown area.

The Los Angeles Fire Department stated that 37 companies and 250 firefighters were dispatched to the blaze.

The California Highway Patrol closed lanes between the 110 and 101 freeways due to the fire, the Times reported, but were reopened southbound at around 4:30 a.m. PT.  The sire was still smoldering as of 5 a.m. PT. Officials were unsure at the time as to when the blaze would be fully extinguished.

The cause and extent of the fires are yet unknown.

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Does Dominance Dictate Dictation?

A new study published in Psychological Science shows that how you speak can actually change what happens. “People tend to not be very aware of how they use their voices,” says lead researcher Sei Jin Ko. During the study, inspired by former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s voice coaching to sound more authoritative, the team assigned college students either a “high” or “low” ran and then recorded them reading a passage.

“High” ranks were told they had a strong offer, valuable insider information, were on top of the work food chain or were asked to think of a time when they felt powerful.

“Low” ranks were told they had a bad offer, no inside scoop, were low on the work totem pole or were asked to think of a time they felt powerless.

Students then read the same passage out loud as though speaking to someone they were negotiating with so that researchers could figure out if there were any acoustic differences with their baseline voices.

People with higher status were more likely to go up in pitch, sound monotone and have varying loudness.

Some of Ko’s new data shows that what people think high-power people do in speech doesn’t match up with what they actually do. Ko states,”It’s very interesting that [listeners] can detect it, but they’re not aware of what it is, really.”