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Instead, Wattenberg provides the kind of information prospective parents really want, including a baby name’s popularity over time and the associations people make with each moniker. The book also covers new trends, including parents drawing inspiration from not only movies and television, but increasingly, video games.LiveScience got in touch with Wattenberg to talk in advance of her book’s publication and mere weeks before the Social Security Administration is set to release baby name rankings for 2012. Read on for what’s new in names.LiveScience: How did you get into the baby name business?Wattenberg: It started when my husband and I were looking for a name for our second child.
Is facing huge fines, its reputation in tatters, and a CEO on the edge.It did so through a clever piece of software that could identify when it was being tested and reduce harmful exhaust so it looked as if the cars met requirements, when in fact they didn was caught by independent testing carried out by a clean air advocacy group, The International Council on Clean Transportation, which tested the cars because it thought they were such a great example of how diesel could be a clean fuel.Here a rundown on what happened and when.Most car manufacturers use a urea injection system, often called AdBlue, which uses a chemical catalyst to make sure unburnt fuel doesn get into the exhaust.But VW says it can meet the regulation without the AdBlue system on many of its cars. Thought the vehicles would be clean. Study tests three cars in real world conditions a 2012 VW Jetta, a 2013 VW Passat and a BMW X5 SUV, under both laboratory and road conditions, finding huge differences in the amount of harmful emissions.The group tests one on nearly 4,000 kilometres of highway driving between California and Washington State.The tests find that the Jetta exceeds nitrous oxide caps by 15 to 35 times, with the Passat exceeding emissions caps by 5 to 20 times.Meanwhile the BMW met all the standards under normal driving conditions.The two groups alert the California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency in 2014.The EPA and CARB put the findings to .The company disputes the test results various technical issues but implement a voluntary recall of nearly 500,000 cars in December 2014 to put in a software patch they claim will fix the issue.It doesn and CARB and the EPA keep pushing to find out why the cars own diagnostics systems don register the high emissions under test conditions.