Economy 15 March 2012 Opinionomics: must-read analysis and comment Featuring century bonds, Ben Bernanke, and patented mice. Print HTML 1. Buying 100-year bonds looks like a gilt-edged way to lose money (Telegraph) Ian Cowie doesn't think buying 100-year bonds would be the best investment. 2. The Villain (Atlantic) Roger Lowenstein interviews Ben Bernanke. 3. Pop Bonds (Marginal Revolution) Alex Tabarrok reports on social impact bonds, an innovative new way of using the private sector to perform public goods. 4. Institutions and the new new thing (Economist) Free Exchange present an interesting argument for patent reform. 5. Inequality offensive (MIT News) At an MIT forum, economists evaluate the consequences of increasing inequality in America, and suggest solutions. › Assad's private emails show a leader in denial Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate. Credit: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe More Related articles What's to be done about racial inequality? Ignore the spin - social housing is still under threat from the Conservatives Who benefits, and who loses out, from David Cameron’s housing plan?