The British government is plowing more public money into a miracle new substance. Graphene is said to be the lightest, thinnest and strongest material known to man. It was developed in Britain and could revolutionize high-tech manufacturing.
Faced with the costs of alcoholism and alcohol-related crime, Britain's government wants to introduce a mandatory minimum price for alcohol. Cheap drink is believed to cost the country billions of dollars each year.
The problems that got us today's health care Supreme Court decision -- rising health care costs, the pull between personal liberty and the social safety net -- are familiar around the world, even if the solutions have been very different.