The best of what we read, watched and listened to this week

The best of what we read, watched and listened to this week

Image by Lubos Houska from Pixabay 

In the UK this week we had the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget, for which our summary will be issued in the next week.  In the meantime, here are the key points straight from the Treasury. Budget  [8 min read]

For many people, investing is synonymous with gambling.  Yet there are significant differences and it is important to understand what they are in order to make an informed decision about whether, and to what extent, to participate.  Gambling and Investing?  [7 min read]

You’re probably familiar with the phenomenon of ‘burnout’ but this week I came across the less well known ‘boreout’.  It is a consequence of work which is insufficiently challenging and stimulating and can have a long term effect on health and longevity.  From an employer’s perspective, it can also lead to more risk-taking, which is rarely welcome.  Do you have ‘Boreout’?  [9 min read]

NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has been busy hunting for signs of life on the red planet since arriving there last month and while it is still early days, it and its orbiter have managed to transmit some impressive images of the surface.  Mars: Nasa’s Perseverance rover sends stunning images  [4 min read]

With some household appliances now priced at less than the cost of their components, it’s unsurprising that replacement rather than repair often seems more logical.  Yet this has implications for the amount of waste (two billion tons annually) that we produce and in Sweden, there are tax incentives to encourage people to have faults repaired instead.  How can we make washing machines last?  [7 min read]

You are probably familiar with the psychology experiment in which a child is offered a reward if they can manage to avoid eating a marshmallow for 15 minutes.  Now the same test has been passed by cuttlefish (although not with marshmallows).  A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed For Human Children  [4 min read]

And finally, as many of those of us in business are finalising our budgets for the next trading year, here is Dilbert’s boss’s take on the subject.  Dilbert: Budget Blunder  [0:23 video]

We hope you have a good weekend.

Charles and Rob