A derivatives trader turned Cambridge University neuroscientist, was fascinated by the biological processes at work on his old hunting ground of the trading floor. He has identified two key hormones that have a huge impact on how we work: testosterone, which feeds our appetite for risk; and cortisol, which inhibits our appetite for risk.

When traders turn up risk a notch,
Check the one who holds his crotch.


Los Angeles Times – May 20, 2015

Citicorp, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and three other global banking giants have agreed to plead guilty to U.S. felony charges for rigging foreign currency exchange rates and pay a total of nearly $5.7 billion in fines as part of settlements announced Wednesday by U.S. and European officials.

“Behaving Badly” when observed in banking,
Is “solved” with a pricey “fiscal spanking.”

{ 0 comments } – May, 19, 2015

Shockingly, the worst die-off occurred in the summer, which is typically a good time of year for bees. Most die-offs take place in the winter months, which tend to be more stressful for bees. “What we’re seeing with this bee problem is just a loud signal that there’s some bad things happening with our agro-ecosystems,” co-author Keith Delaplane said. “We just happen to notice it with the honeybee because they are so easy to count.”

Reports of grave disaster swell,
As bees buzz, “I don’t feel so well.”


BBC News – May 19, 2015

Only one quarter of workers around the world have permanent jobs, according to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).The remaining three quarters of the workforce are employed on temporary or short-term contracts, along with informal jobs often without a contract.

This simply fact is so unforgiving,
You can’t thrive without making a living.


NPR – May 12, 2015

Missing out on sleep pretty much guarantees feeling crummy the next day. But it can also lead to dangerous or even disastrous decision-making. Sleep-deprived operators failed to prevent the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

When setting your priorities,
Don’t neglect your nightly ZZZZZZs.