The science of getting quickly and safely to the bottom.
In many cities, convention holds that there's a lane for walking and a lane for standing on the escalator. But human systems engineers suggest this isn't the most efficient option for the system.
The Ontario government tabled legislation Dec.6 which would increase the number of young children who can be cared for at once by home child care providers. The proposed legislation is as part of larger reform measures introduced under the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act that the province says will cut red tape for businesses.
Low-income, less-educated parents with non-standard work schedules rely most on home child-care providers whose rules would be relaxed under proposed legislation.
Modern life seems to encourage acceleration for the sake of acceleration – to what end?
Technology has made many aspects of daily life much easier. So why do we still feel so overwhelmed?
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Could we really reduce the number of vehicles on our roads from 37m to 9m?
Eco-houses at Scotland’s Housing Expo, Inverness. What is it like to live in a house like this?
There's an international push towards low-emissions housing. New research investigates what it's like to actually live in low-energy houses.
Whether it's our inboxes and calendars or how companies are structured, we're obsessed with making things orderly. But research suggests it's time to break free.
The natural world favours resilience over efficiency – so why don't humans?
Here's how to make a happy workplace during year-end assessments.
Australian banks improved their efficiency after the introduction in 2003 of the ASX Principles of Good Corporate Governance, which aimed for improved governance mechanisms and thus better control over bank management.
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Good corporate governance is good for efficiency and profit in banks. But having independent board members and the number of board meetings don't play a role, research shows.
Computers aren’t a magical silver bullet for learning.
Schools are focusing on the wrong objective when it comes to using technology in their classrooms. They should focus just as much on how they teach.
Minding the tax gap.
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The Panama papers show how hard it is to keep on top of tax collection, but outsourcing to the private sector would bring problems of its own.
‘Not a goosebump between us.’
While the Paris climate talks focus on technical fixes, no one talks about how we're much more afraid of roughing it than ever before.
Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh has said the GST is as inefficient but less equitable than income tax.
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The Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, has said the the Government's latest tax discussion paper says the GST is as inefficient as income tax, adding he thinks it's less equitable. Is that right?
In the 27 years since the Hawke government came up with a public service efficiency dividend, the evidence has mounted against it.
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Every now and again in public policy debates a consensus emerges on some particular point among policymakers, stakeholders and commentators. These moments are distressingly rare. It is even more distressing…
Mind the gap: health services in trouble if we continue to expect too much.
Health services are under constant scrutiny and rarely out of the news. But discussions about how and even whether they can continue are likely to exercise the whole developed world in the near future…
Perpetually seduced by the coolest, most “efficient” conveniences, we prefer not to see the heat and waste we leave in our wake.
The idea that improving efficiency makes sustainability problems worse seems counter-intuitive. But what if aiming to do more with less is actually doing the wrong thing right? If sustainability is our…