Clever teenager says he can save US governments £240m by changing font on official documents


Metro

Suvir Mirchandani spent hours measuring and weighing ink used in different fonts (Picture: CNN) Suvir Mirchandani, 14, spent hours measuring and weighing ink used in different fonts (Picture: CNN)

One clever 14-year-old has devised a plan to save the government millions just by changing the font they use on official documents.

Suvir Mirchandani worked out that by using Garamond font, which is lighter and thinner, it would use around 25 per cent less ink than the favoured Times New Roman.

When he began to come up with project ideas for a school science fair, it suddenly dawned on the teenager that while huge efforts have been made to save paper, little attention has been paid to the ink.

By switching to a Garamond font, it is estimated the US government could save up to 25% on ink (Picture: CNN) By switching to a Garamond font, it is estimated the US government could save up to 25 per cent on ink (Picture: CNN)

‘Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume,’ Suvir told CNN with a chuckle.

He started to work out how much his school…

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Startup Altaeros to launch world’s highest wind project in Alaska


Gigaom

The city of Fairbanks, Alaska will soon be home to the world’s highest wind turbine from a startup spun out of MIT, called Altaeros. The four-year-old startup will deploy its large helium-filled blimp-looking turbine at 1,000 feet for 18 months at a cost of $1.3 million.

The idea around high-altitude wind is that the wind power at great heights can be much greater — winds 1,000 to 2,000 feet above the ground are 5 to 8 times as powerful as they are on the ground. Altaeros’ turbine, called the BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) can deliver twice as much power as a comparable standard turbine.

Altaeros

Floating a wind turbine in the air could have other advantages as well, like it would have less of an environmental footprint on the ground, and it could be kept away from sensitive regions under conflict or in a disaster area. The team is targeting…

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Twilight Sends Girls a Bad Message Says Divergent Star Shailene Woodley


TIME

Teen ‘It’ girl of the moment Shailene Woodley is no fan of Twilight.

The 22-year-old star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the critically-acclaimed film, TheDescendants, is on the precipice of teen fiction superstardom: she has the lead role in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, both based on popular young adult novels and both due out this year.

In an interview with Teen Vogue, Woodley criticized the uber-popular YA series, Twilight. Though many have praised the book for its emphasis on love rather than sex—the couple famously waits until marriage to consumate the relationship—Woodley thinks the relationship sends a bad message. The young star calls out the seriesfor glorifying Bella’s decision to give up everything for a guy:

Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. [The protagonist Bella] falls in love with this guy and…

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