The sun starts to shine and, especially after the last few months, thoughts turn to holidays. With all the bad news after bad, the general consensus is that those who should be doing something don’t seem to have a suitable remedy – a bit like a dog chasing it’s tail.

But as the Space Shuttle Discovery has now blasted off it seems that Koichi Wakata has a perfect answer – he’s taking a sabbatical away from it all. As human guinea pig he’ll be wiring himself with sensors and recording how smelly his underwear gets.

Although, for certain financial sectors, being wired to sensors and recording how smelly underwear gets might not be such a sabbatical.