Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

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    Steel Twins

    May 23, 12 • 286 Views • No Comments

    What happens when a parent of twins makes them compete? And what if the better twin is told that he has to remain ahead of his slower sibling? For twin steel factories, one in Burns Harbor, Indiana and the other in Gent, Belgium, the result is more...  [read more]

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    What’s Cheap? What’s Expensive?

    Sep 10, 11 • 200 Views • 5 Comments

    Starting with, “…eating and clothing ourselves is getting easier all the time,” an Atlantic article discusses “cheap” and “expensive.” Relatively cheap: computers media toasters, washing machines, other manufactured...  [read more]

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    Time Matters

    Aug 25, 11 • 235 Views • 1 Comment

    Faster people tend to live in wealthier nations. According to psychologist Robert Levine, cultures with faster walkers probably have more people, a cooler climate, a “vital economy” and they value individualism. Measuring “tempo” in 31...  [read more]

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    Speedy Airplane Boarding

    Aug 23, 11 • 303 Views • 1 Comment

    Closely connected to an airline’s bottom line, speedy boarding means more efficiency. Here you can see the following alternative boarding strategies in action. Front to back: Least popular. Early boarders block those who follow them. Back to Front Very...  [read more]

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    Old and Young States

    May 31, 11 • 269 Views • No Comments

    Maine is an old state. At 42.7, the median age of Maine’s population is the highest in the U.S. The youngest state is Utah (large families and many children), with a median age of 29.2. Other “young states” include Texas and Alaska. And,...  [read more]