It wasn’t all bad

The Week Middle East - - News -

Bike thieves be warned: an Amer­i­can in­ven­tor – frus­trated by the in­ef­fec­tive­ness of most bi­cy­cle locks – has cre­ated one that makes peo­ple throw up if they cut into it. When a wouldbe thief tries to break through the SkunkLock, it re­leases a nox­ious, smelly gas, in­duc­ing vomit­ing. The in­ven­tors, who say the chem­i­cal is le­gal and has passed com­pli­ance tests, are cur­rently try­ing to crowd­fund the lock on­line; if they’re suc­cess­ful, it should be avail­able from next sum­mer. A baby who was briefly ex­tracted from her mother’s womb for life­sav­ing surgery was born for the sec­ond time in June – and is now four months old, and do­ing well. When the mother – Mar­garet Hawkins Boe­mer, from Texas – was 16 weeks preg­nant, doc­tors spot­ted a tumour on her foe­tus’s spine; it was threat­en­ing the sup­ply of blood to the baby’s heart – putting her life at risk. So sur­geons cut the baby out of the womb, re­moved the tumour, then re­turned her to her mother’s body 20 min­utes later. LynLee (pic­tured) was born at al­most full term, and hav­ing had surgery to re­move the last rem­nants of the tumour, she is now healthy. Math­e­ma­ti­cians have de­vised the world’s long­est pub crawl – tak­ing in all 24,727 of Bri­tain’s pubs on Pub­sGalore.co.uk. The Cana­dian team cre­ated the route as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the “trav­el­ling sales­man prob­lem”, which is about find­ing the short­est course be­tween any num­ber of lo­ca­tions be­fore re­turn­ing to the start­ing point. They spent two years plot­ting a cir­cu­lar route which be­gins at The Green Shut­ters in Port­land, Dorset, then cov­ers 28,270 miles, be­fore end­ing up at The Rod­well in Wey­mouth, four miles down the coast.

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