Things you should never buy at a pawn shop

There was a time not so long ago when pawn shops were seen as being shady, scary places where no one would ever go unless they were truly desperate. Then along came reality TV, which gave birth to Pawn Stars, and now everybody thinks pawn shops are all staffed by…

The Best Non-Vibrating Sex Toys Money Can Buy

In recent years, the phrase “sex toy” has become synonymous with the word “vibrator”—even though the two aren’t quite the same. Sure, vibrators largely dominate the sex toy space. But there are tons of other toys out there that don’t buzz, rumble, or even really move at all. These non-vibrating…

Roche to buy US gene therapy group Spark for $4.3 bn

Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche said Monday it reached a deal worth $4.3 billion (3.7 billion euros) to buy US group Spark Therapeutics, which specialises in the development of gene therapy drugs. Roche said the deal was approved by the boards of both companies, offering $114.50 a share, a premium to…