10 things we learned this week

Japanese optimism, creative engineers and hair-raising airport news.

by Emma Haslett

1. Japanese small businesses are optimistic about their future - for the first time since 1991

2. Dyson engineers don’t just work with grey plastic

3. One of the suggestions to increase the UK’s airport capacity is to extend its already-existing runway so planes land and take off on the same strip. Sound hair-raising

4. Since December last year, Boeing has spent $2.8bn on its own shares

5. The company that organises the annual egghead fest in Davos also organises the Nobel Laureates conference

6. Bill Gates is a terrible Secret Santa

7. UK charity the Wellcome Trust is one of Twitter’s biggest shareholders

8. Bank notes made of paper have a life span of just a few months

9.  The Dutch: they love their offices

10. Remember ‘Lapland’, the 2010 Christmas theme park that was dubbed ‘Crapland’? It turns out it was so bad its organisers actually faced criminal charges: they narrowly escaped 13 months in jail 

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