Structural methods could have proved to be inflexible just at the point where managers needed to bend them. Illustration: John Holcroft/Ikon/Getty

Managers are often derided as martinets, bunglers or bureaucrats. Chief executives are applauded when they promise to “sweep out layers of management”(...)

While experts broadly agree that plug-in vehicles are a more climate-friendly option than traditional vehicles, they can still have their own environmental impacts, depending on how they’re charged up and manufactured. Illustration: The New York Times

Around the world, governments and carmakers are promoting electric vehicles as a key technology to curb oil use and fight climate change. General Moto(...)

The icy shoreline of Lake Michigan. The American Midwest has suffered significant environmental degradation and the loss of millions of jobs. Photograph: Shafkat Anowar/AP

In the first half of the 20th century, the American Midwest incubated a world-leading culture of innovation in science and technology. Orville and Wi(...)

Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco. Photograph: iStock

Uber Technologies sold its self-driving car division to Aurora Innovation and took a stake in the startup, creating a larger competitor to the leader (...)

We are truly living in an age of mass surveillance and while stepping out with your smartphone it might be of benefit to use a Faraday cover like those sold by Silent Pocket.

It turns out that Incognito mode on Google’s web browser is anything but. As a recent $5 billion (€4.5 billion) lawsuit against Google shows, the ave(...)

Isolation, distrustful management, emails around the clock and the underlying fear of job cuts add up to paranoia. Photograph: iStock

In “normal times”, as Helena* refers to the pre-lockdown era, if the marketing executive felt uneasy about something at work, she would “share it with(...)

The survey questions people on potential Covid-19 symptoms they may be experiencing, such as fevers, coughing, shortness of breath or loss of smell. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook is rolling out a global survey on coronavirus symptoms that the company will use to help support researchers responding to the Covid-19 pande(...)

It is completely normal to feel anxious, stressed and fatigued right now, which are, incidentally, some of the most common reasons for a sudden decrease in libido. Photograph: iStock

We have all been given very clear instructions from experts, health professionals and the Government on the best way for both individuals and the coun(...)

When Pepper is  prickly, people perform poorly.

You know that cute little robot named Pepper? Well, sometimes Pepper doesn’t play nice, in fact it can be downright sassy, nay snarky. I should proba(...)

Colourful buildings of Randyland art museum in Mexican War Streets district in Pittsburgh’s Northside. Pennsylvania, USA

Like most kids of the 1980s, I had an obsession for all things American. Pop-Tarts, OshKosh, Sweet Valley High, MTV... I was fascinated by it all. Whe(...)

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