The sporran is the little pouch that for centuries the Scottish have attached to their kilts. But its production is under threat. The EU banned the sale of sealskin recently, which is the preferred material to make a sporran.
If you're an expectant mother in the U.S., the Family and Medical Leave Act gives 12 weeks unpaid leave. But in Europe, pregnant women get 14 weeks and part of their salary. Now there are plans to give them even more.
The price of cotton has risen more than 50 percent in the past year due to droughts and floods wiping out a lot of the cotton harvest in China and Pakistan. That may have a big impact on the cost of making clothes.
It will be harder for Ireland to borrow money after the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating. The move throws into question Ireland's struggling economic recovery and again exposes the catch-22 faced by European countries.
Researchers at a university in Scotland have developed a hopeful new biofuel. But this technology could raise some questions about driving with alcohol -- because it actually will power your car, with alcohol.