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The Entrepreneurial Spirit Wednesday, March 19
Branko Bogdanov, 58, his wife, Lela, 52, and daughter Julia, 34, were arrested in March and charged in a 10-year shoplifting enterprise run out of their upscale Northbrook, Ill., home, which they allegedly used as a base while prowling stores in …
Pay Up or Die Wednesday, March 19
A trauma victim arriving at a hospital emergency room but requiring specialized intensive care would usually be transferred promptly to a qualified "trauma center," whose success rate with such patients is believed to be 25 percent better than that …
Beauty Takes Pain Wednesday, March 19
Cosmetic surgery is expensive, but beauty-conscious Japanese girls and women (especially those obsessed with a more "Western" look) have low-priced workarounds to choose from — as uncovered in January by the fashion blogger Liz Katz. To wit: $63 …
Technological Know-How at Work Wednesday, March 19
Hard-core pornography fans are split (according to a January report on Salon.com) on whether they want male actors to use condoms, but California's Falcon Studios has the technology to serve both audiences. Falcon's actors wear them, but in some …
Science Fair Wednesday, March 19
Security and law enforcement agencies are looking beyond traditional biometric identification techniques (such as the accurate but obtrusive fingerprint and iris scans and unobtrusive yet questionably accurate facial-recognition) and, based on …
Leading Economic Indicators Wednesday, March 19
Farming continues to be a noble but grueling existence for rural residents of China, who work for only about $1,300 a year, but in one village (Jianshe, in southwest Sichuan province), farmers have established a co-operative capitalist model. In …
Go Underground Wednesday, March 19
With property values sky-high in posh London boroughs like Chelsea and Kensington, some super-wealthy residents desiring to expand — and who might ordinarily be forced to build up higher — are building down, constructing elaborate, multistory …
Costs of Spain's Collapse Wednesday, March 19
London's Daily Mail reported in March that Spain may have as many as 2,900 recently abandoned "villages" (areas of land with clusters of houses) deserted by owners forced into cities to find work in the current recession — and that speculators …
Faster! Faster! Wednesday, March 19
NOTW has reported on the staggeringly large amounts of money to be made by financial trading firms that execute buys and sells even a split-second before another firm. In January, The Wall Street Journal reported the "race to zero" ("zero" being …
People With Issues Wednesday, March 19
A more ornate, dedicated subset of cross-dressers — "living dolls" or "maskers" — was captured for a British TV documentary in January (likely to appear on U.S. TV soon). "Secrets of the Living Dolls" follows ordinary men (one, a forklift …
 
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