Um . . . have they thought this through?

I note with interest a potential new scientific approach to bone loss. Deer antlers may hold the secret to curing osteoporosis and other debilitating bone diseases, researchers have revealed. A new study has identified the specific genes responsible for the growth and strength of antlers, paving the way for a future genetic treatment for human bone conditions. A form of temporary external bone, antlers grow at a speed unique in the animal kingdom. They sprout in the spring and by the summer can grow at up to 2cm a day, before beginning to shed by the start of winter. Peter Yang,

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Inflation and your money

I’ve written several times about inflation in these pages.  The true inflation rate in the United States at present appears to be 8% to 10% annually, far higher than the derisory “official” figures.  I’ve also lived in a relatively high-inflation society, in South Africa during the 1980’s and 1990’s, and seen what happens in other African nations when inflation gets out of hand (Zimbabwe being the most famous recent example).  It’s very unfunny to have to live under such conditions. Venezuela provides an object lesson in the impact of hyperinflation on ordinary citizens and businesses, as the Economist points out. … in Venezuela, where the inflation

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Chopsticks that give you an electric shock???

I’m a bit mind-boggled by what promises to be a genuine taste sensation – albeit not the sort of sensation I want anywhere near my mouth! Scientists have developed a pair of chopsticks, that can make food taste saltier, sour or bitter without the need for extra seasoning. They are also working on a spoon and fork that could make food taste spicier or sweeter. . . . The utensils work by delivering pulses of electricity to the tip of the tongue to stimulate the taste buds. Dr Nimesha Ranasinghe, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Maine who

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