Weekly Round up: Management styles, electric cars and multishaped humans

some stories which intrigued-and might even point to the future

Management Styles Ask a refugee from the nineteen-eighties about football managers, and the picture that emerges is a cigar chomping, whisky-swilling alpha male who made big decisions, gave orders and was generally in charge. It was type common across business at the time. We knew a few women managers like it too, come to think of it. But England manager Gareth Southgate appears to be pioneering a different, collegiate style. And we can see how it has got some results. For more details, try reading Andre Spicer of The Conversation:

Extreme Weather and climate change One of the most invidious tactics of climate change deniers was to deny the link between extreme weather events and climate change. Like the evidence on the probable causes of lung cancer and smoking, there was always just enough wiggle room for those who didn’t want to believe to continue in ignorance. Perhaps they did us a favour; statistical techniques are now so strong, the link is undeniable, as this piece in Nature shows. Climate change made heatwave more likely:

The chance of temperatures in North America’s Pacific Northwest coming close to 50 °C has increased at least 150-fold since the end of the nineteenth century, found a rapid analysis conducted in response to last month’s heatwave. “This heatwave would have been virtually impossible without the influence of human-caused climate change,” says climate scientist Sjoukje Philip. “It was probably still a rare event, but if global warming might exceed two degrees, it might occur every five to ten years in the future.” Canada’s highest-ever temperature — 49.6 ℃ — was recorded in Lytton, British Columbia, on 29 June. The next day, the village was almost completely destroyed by out-of-control wildfires.Nature | 4 min read

Current concerns about the future If we are not really careful, there could be real problems as the batteries of electric cars wear out. Here’s Emma Woollacot of the BBC. It just goes to show:nothing is ever the complete answer, not in technology, politics, religion science or football.

Electric cars: What will happen to all the dead batteries? – BBC News

we thank Mr Gary Herbert of Buckinghamshire for this story

Pleistocene humans were plasticine One of the problems bedevilling the study of really modern humans, by which we mean anybody born after 700 000 BC, is the bewildering array of different species. Homo sapiens, denisovans, neanderthals, red deer cave folk, hobbits…. You name it, before someone else does. As ever, the Devil whispers in our ear “what if there was one species, and other factors made them just different enough for someone to give them a different name, just to make them stand out ?” Now a fascinating study suggests things like climate may have been driving all these different body shapes. Think of tigers. Siberian ones are much bigger and heavier because they live in a cold climate, while the Sumatran ones are altogether smaller and lighter. But they’re all still tigers. Here’s Charlotte Burton in The Guardian

Human body size shaped by climate, evolutionary study shows | Evolution | The Guardian

Well, that’s it for this week. Think differently-and look at the evidence

#tiger #climatechange #humanevolution #electric cars #management styles

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