4 Easy Steps to Organizing Your Personal Paperwork

Receipts, medical records, bills, insurance policies and appliance warranties! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with paperwork at work and at home. That’s why it often ends up at the bottom of our to-do list. As a result, those important papers may get thrown in a junk drawer or sit in a pile of mail for…

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Paper-making: a Chinese Secret

Paper, as we know it today, began as a closely guarded secret in China. What first comes to mind when talking about it’s history, is the ancient Egyptian writing material called papyrus. But the “true paper” we use today, thin sheets made from softened, individual fibers, began in China. The inventor of this “true paper”…

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4 creative – yet ineffective – ways to destroy data

Humans can be very creative, and we have dreamt up some very original ideas. Some of those creative ideas have worked out. For instance, we have a flying transporter (aka an airplane), a social network that connects a billion people (Facebook), an antibiotic that saves hundreds of millions of lives (penicillin), and of course, the…

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How barcodes came to be: a beach, a bullseye and a pack of gum

The first step to purchasing an item at a store is almost always the same way. We take the item to the check-out counter and, in most cases, the item’s barcode is scanned. It’s such an everyday occurrence, we don’t think twice about the technology behind barcodes and how they came to be. The invention…

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