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Ok, which one of you is trying to get attention? I can hear it in your voice. karavai/shutterstock

When girls are in the audience, choir boys sing for attention

Did we evolve the capacity to produce sublime music simply to get more sex? Or are we driven by higher ideals related to living together in harmony? Maybe it's a bit of both.
Decreased regulation has failed to reduce the growing administrative burden of health care. Valeri Potapova/Shutterstock.com

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs

GOP lawmakers say their bills to replace the Affordable Care Act would do a better job than the ACA of controlling rising health care costs, but 40 years of deregulation show it just won't work.
It is an attractive proposition to say we would gain significant efficiencies if there were a limited number of major providers of government-funded human services. shutterstock

There are more useful questions to ask than whether Australia has ‘too many’ charities

If we continue to base our views of the charity sector on incorrect assumptions and perceptions we run the risk of doing considerable damage to a national asset.
No common standard: CHAdeMO, CCS and Tesla Supercharger plugs. CHAdeMO: C-CarTom; CCS: Hadhuey; Tesla: Paul Sladen

What fax machines can teach us about electric cars

Standards, like electrical plugs, are usually so simple we don't even really notice them. But they're extremely important: Good ones can drive innovation; bad ones can stifle growth.
The research looked at the price setting in a number of petrol retailers in Perth over five years. Julian Smith/AAP

New research shows how petrol retailers pushed prices up in Perth

New analysis of the behaviour of petrol retailers in Perth over a period of five years shows how tacit collusion caused prices to increase by up to 50%.
A shopper prepares to pay at an informal shop in Soweto, South Africa. Smaller retailers are struggling to grow. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How big supermarket chains in southern Africa keep out small suppliers

Southern African economies need more organised and sustainable measures to increase the participation of emerging suppliers in supermarket value chains. This will help economic transformation.
ANZ has already struck a deal with Apple for its contactless payment system but now four other banks are arguing the company is making competition difficult. Monica Davey/EPA

Apple Pay dispute may mean less opportunity to pay with your mobile

The competition in Australia's contactless payment industry is heating up as Apple Pay sets up in Australia. However some banks claim the company is making the system less competitive.

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