Philobiblon: Perhaps there is hope for America ...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Perhaps there is hope for America ...

It might be as much fashion as real action, but interesting to learn that second-hand hybrid cars are appreciating in value:

A few days ago I got a call from one of my hybrid-owning friends, who is about to trade in her 2003 Honda Civic hybrid for a new one. Apparently her Honda, which has low mileage and no dings or scratches, is worth $21,000, because demand for the new models cannot be met by the manufacturers. Not bad, given that she bought it three years ago for $18,600.
"I can’t believe it," gloated my friend. "Houses are supposed to appreciate, not cars." So, it seems, conspicuous thrift can actually result in a conspicuous profit.

Then, more cheery news, on cancer - yes really - a fascinating analysis of increasing evidence of the role of infections in cancer. Which presents the possibility, as in the case of cervical cancer, of a vaccine against it.


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