Nobel Matchmakers

One of the first calls a new Nobel Prize winner might get is from Adam Smith, editor of NobelPrize.org. As you might expect, hearing his name, people initially wonder if the call is for real. Usually …

Pricey Pigeons

At the Paradise Pigeon auction in Belgium, a Dutch breeder sold a female pigeon to a Chinese shipbuilder for $328,000. Purchased to breed rather than race, Dolce Vita (the bird) will enable Hu Zhen Yu…

Organ Markets

When a San Francisco court said that certain bone marrow donors could be paid, they did not have to focus on medicine. Instead, the 3 judge panel could have discussed the market. The court said it was…

Corn Counters

To estimate the size of the corn crop, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hires corn counters. Calculating stalk stats and assessing cob size, they observe 15 foot sections in thousands of fiel…

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