“A 14-year-old Indian-origin boy has come up with a unique plan that could help the U.S. save nearly $400 million a year by merely changing the font used on official documents.
Suvir Mirchandani, a student in a Pittsburgh-area middle school, claimed that if the federal government used the Garamond font exclusively it could save about $136 million per year, nearly 30 per cent less than the estimated $467 dollars it spends annually on ink.
An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments also implemented the change.
Mirchandani said the idea came to him when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money as part of a science fair project at his school, CNN reported.
The youngster noticed that he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school and decided to figure out if he could minimize use of paper and ink.
While recycling paper was one way to save money and conserve resources, Mirchandani said little attention had been paid to the ink used on the papers.
“Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume,” he said, adding that he then decided to focus his project on finding ways to cut down the cost of ink.
As part of his experiment, he collected random samples of teachers’ handouts and focused on the most commonly used characters such as e, t, a, o and r.
He noted how often each character was used in different fonts like Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans and then measured how much ink was used for each letter, using an ink coverage software.
From his analysis, Mirchandani figured out that by using the Garamond font with its thinner strokes, his school district could reduce its ink consumption by 24 per cent and in turn save as much as $21,000 annually.
He repeated his tests on five sample pages from documents on the Government Printing Office website and got similar results that changing the font would save money.
Mirchandani’s findings have been published in the Journal for Emerging Investigators (JEI), a publication founded by a group of Harvard students in 2011 that provides a platform for the work of middle school and high school students.
One of the journal’s founders Sarah Fankhauser said that of the nearly 200 submissions they have received since 2011, Mirchandani’s project stood out.
“We were so impressed. We really could really see the real-world application in Suvir’s paper,” Fankhauser was quoted as saying…”
This is awesome, also he kinda resembles McLovin
Coachella’s setlist. (12/04/14)
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"He’s a little fighter. He kind of, he wriggles around quite a lot.” - Prince William
its like when you take dogs out of water and they carry on swimming
MOTHER, UNHAND ME, I HAVE A COUNTRY TO GOVERN
Sing me to sleep
Sing me to sleep
I’m tired and I
I want to go to bed
Ксения Симонова - Песочная анимация stb (5.06.09) F.A.Q. : - full list of music (thanx to LikaFortuna): 1. Cirque du Soleil - Jeux d’Eau 2. В.Лебедев-Кумач -…
I love my job. I love my job even more when we go on field trips.
Monterey Bay Aquarium, January 2014
Society: “You look better with your hair straight.”
Some guy years ago: “Weird. You look more ethnic with your curly hair.”
Some girl from high school: “I hate when my hair is curly because then I can’t run my fingers through it.”
Teenage Me: *hours with a flat iron, everyday, every occasion*
My Mom (a hairstylist): “mi preciosa, stop doing that.”
Me in class, December 2014: “What’s wrong sweetheart?”
One of my kinder students: “I want my hair to look like hers.” *points to a student with straight hair holding a book with classic Disney princesses.”
I didn’t remember the last time I wore my hair naturally.
Me Now: *dusty flat iron in the corner*
Me in class, April 2014: The same kinder student: “Ms.Elijah, I like your hair because it looks like mine.”
*There is a picture of my mom on my bookshelf from when she was 28. Her hair is dark and natural.
Thank you mom, for our beautiful curly hair and thank you for being the hairstylist that sees beauty in everyone’s hair.
And fuck you, hegemony.