Caster Semenya storms to 1500m title but is criticised by fellow runners

Caster Semenya storms to 1500m title but is criticised by fellow runners

Caster Semenya’s strongest opposition on the way to winning Commonwealth gold came from a faulty starter’s gun which left the women contesting the 1500m final struggling to stay warm on the start line. A deluge of rain before the race soaked the track at the Carrara Stadium and flooded the timing equipment. As organisers struggled to repair the clock and gun, the South African bounced on the spot in an effort to keep her muscles warm. The 1500m, the final event of the day’s athletics, eventually got under way 10…

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Bitcoin’s soaring value was down to ‘infected’ buyers, economists say

Bitcoin’s soaring value was down to ‘infected’ buyers, economists say

The rise of bitcoin has comparisons with the spread of an infectious disease, according to economists who argue the digital currency may have peaked in value as more consumers become immune to its appeal. Analysts at Barclays said the soaring value of the digital currency last year, when prices rose by more than 900%, was helped by new buyers being “infected” by the euphoria surrounding bitcoin. The price has since crashed from almost $20,000 before Christmas to less than $7,000. Using studies from the world of epidemiology – the branch…

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Europe’s longest heated cycle path to connect Dutch cities

Europe’s longest heated cycle path to connect Dutch cities

The longest heated cycle path in western Europe, and possibly the world, is set to be built in a Dutch beauty spot to cut the commuting time between two of the country’s cities all year round. The new 1.7km “cycle highway”, which forms part of the route linking Wageningen and Arnhem in the east of the Netherlands, will be kept warm by residual heat from a local paper plant. Concerns have been raised that frogs might find the warm path a little too comfortable, putting them and cyclists in danger….

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