How To Make Infographics With Your Word Processor
How To Make Infographics
With Your Word Processor:
A step-by-step guide 2015

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Who else has your Social Security number?

Who else has your Social Security number?

Your Social Security Number is supposed to be unique to you, but this does not imply that only you have access to that number. You know that you shouldn't keep your Social Security card in your wallet. And you also know that it should be kept in a safe place at home. However, what do you do when you actually have to give it to someone who asks for it? Social Security numbers are the master keys to your personal data, so it pays to be cautious about who gets to see yours. Don't give your Social Security Number for free. If an application asks for that number, leave that space in blank and see what happens. Maybe the Social Security Number is not that essential at all to make it unnecessarily public.

A Guide To Prepaid Cards
A free PDF by MasterCard
How to do almost anything.

How to do almost anything

Do you need to improve your writing skills? Or do you need to how to care for fish, or your new pet or new puppy? Are you giving tutoring or involved in teaching kids at home or at school? wikiHow is the place to go. We're trying to help everyone on the planet learn how to do anything. Don't bother with Wikipedia, wikiHow is an illustrated portal where you can find hundred of big illustrated articles, videos on about any subject. Imagine a world where anyone can easily learn how to do anything. A world where access to comprehensive step-by-step instructions in multiple languages enables billions of people to improve their lives, in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. That’s the world we want to create is their mission and philosophy.

A free PDF by The European Nanotechnology Gateway
Optimal can dimensions.

The best can dimensions for food and beverages

If the goal for food and beverage packing was to purely maximize the volume of food that could be stored in a container, the result would be a spherical can. Because the sphere is the shape with the minimum surface area to volume ratio. That is, spherical packaging could contain the most amount of food for the least amount of can material. If we wanted to use a shape that packed perfectly efficiently, we’d use some kind of cuboid. However, the relatively easiest package to manufacture is the cylindrical can. So, among the many shapes of cylinders, which one can squeeze the most food or beverage with the least packing material?

Naoshima - The art island of Japan

Naoshima and  Teshima: The art islands of Japan

Naoshima is an island town in Japan. Naoshima town is particular for its many contemporary art museums. Like many other islands in Japan Naoshima is quite hilly but pleasant enough along the coasts for biking and walking. The emergence of modern art and architecture in this relatively isolated place can be credited to corporate donations from Benesse Corporation, an educational Japanese company that specializes in test preparations and language schools. Naoshima and Teshima off the coast of Shikoku in Japan have been turned into major art destinations thanks to the opening of contemporary art museums set in some cutting edge architecture.

3D printing and the manufacturing revolution
A page on 3D printing resources
6 Times You Should Use a Credit Card Instead of a Debit Card

6 times you should use a credit card instead of a debit card

There are some instances where that credit cards are best to use instead of credit cards. An example of better using a credit card instead of a debit card is when you need an extended warranty. When purchasing consumer electronics, many shoppers are asked to pay extra for an additional extended warranty. Yet most credit cards include extended warranty policies that cover purchases for an additional year beyond the manufacturer’s warranty. You will not find this feature in a debit card. At the end, it's worth repeating: When you use a credit card for purchases, it’s ideal to spend no more than you can pay in full each month. If you carry a balance from month to month, it’s important to come up with a plan to pay it down so you don’t spend as much in interest charges over time.

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Animals And Survive?

How can vultures eat rotten animals and survive?

Vultures snack on danger and dine on death. They can merrily lunch on rotting flesh that would certainly sicken or kill any of us and most other animals. But how do vultures can keep alive under such circumstances? How do they do it? Why don't vultures get sick from a gut full of nasty germs? There are several possibilities, Michael Roggenbuck, a scientist at the University of Copenhagen,  says. One possibility says  Lars H. Hansen is that they could have developed immunity to these toxins as they evolved to eat their everyday diet. Also, other disease-causing germs are likely killed in the stomach, before they even get into the intestine. Vulture stomach acid is 10 to 100 times stronger than human stomach acid, so it seems like the stomach itself is a very harsh environment.

Science Play: Play-based science activities for early learners
A free PDF by The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Government
The egg box that updates a humble yet classic design.

10 Superfoods healthier than kale

It seems that kale is a universally recognized healthy food. However, for nutritionists, kale is actually is not the healthiest green on the block. In fact, in a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control that ranked 47 “powerhouse fruits and vegetables,” kale placed only 15th (with 49.07 points out of 100 for nutrient density). You surely have heard and tasted the Romaine lettuce, or parsley, or the most common leaf lettuce, spinach, and many others. However, even the Chinese cabbage ranks 91.99 out of the 100 scale. So, can you guess what superfood is gram-for-gram at the top of the scale?

EBook Gallery - Distance learning books
Several free PDF on distance learning
The egg box that updates a humble yet classic design.

The egg box that updates a humble yet classic design

Joseph Coyle, Canadian, filed for the invention of an egg carton nearly one hundred years ago. Although he was not the first to tackle the safe egg transportation problem, his carton design, patents US1269394 and CA181662 in 1918, was one of the most successful. Later in the 1950s, British designer H G Bennett created the design we see on supermarket shelves made of cardboard, molded paper pulp or plastic, and with an individual space for each egg to sit. However, just recently, the Hungarian design student Eva Valicsek, came come up with a novel replacement that may become the egg carton of the future. I accidentally used a rubber band that was sitting on my table - then realized that I found the perfect solution.

Science education - science fairs
Several free PDF on science education
'Huge breakthrough' in understanding how the immune system recognises cancer.

'Huge breakthrough' in understanding how the immune system recognizes cancer

Everyday we read, we hear, about breakthrough advances in cancer therapies, but this one seems to be unique. US researchers have revealed the identity of molecules on the surface of cancer cells which allow the body's immune system to identify and destroy them. Scientists have actually discovered the molecular mechanisms that will inform the development of the next generation of therapies. Researchers are happy about the discovery. For them, the finding is "big, big news" for immunotherapy researchers says Cancer Research UK's Dr. Quezada.

Approaches to safe nanotechnology
Free PDF by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Dirty dozen facts about your smartphone.

Dirty dozen facts about your smartphone

Maybe you enthusiastically keep clean your cell phone glass, and you meticulously clean the earphones, but is this enough to keep bugs and bacteria away from the smartphone? Remember you also place the phone in your pockets/purse; but are those bags and pockets clean as your phone?  By the way, talking about pockets, pocket lint is not friendly to your smartphone, it is:  the # 1 cause of failure for charging ports and headphone jacks. And what about placing the smartphone in the cup holder of your car? Remember there you also place beers, juices, snacks, food leftovers, etc.  Hence, keep in mind that in the cup holders tiny mites crawl in through the headphone jack or charging port and curl up for a nap.

Mobile phone security
Free PDF on mobile phone security
Is it possible that we have some secret and unknown senses?

Is it possible that we have some secret and unknown senses?

Do we only use only 10% of our grey matter as some neuroscientists say? Maybe there are also many other senses providing us with information from the world around us. Human echolocation is little-known sense that works by a person emitting a clicking sound with the tongue and listening for how it rebounds off the immediate bodies. A wonderful example of echolocation used by humans is the Team Bat in the USA– led by Daniel Kisch, who use echo-location to go mountain biking. This ability depends on the traditional sense of hearing, but the perceptual experience and function is more akin to vision. You don’t need to be blind to try it; even sighted people can learn to “see in the dark” using echo-location. For these reasons, some consider it a separate sense.

The fourth dimension and the Bible
A PDF about the fourth dimension and the Bible
Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus.

Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus

When we learn about the behavior of plants and trees should we be surprised and amazed about the plant world or should we be astonished about our ignorance? Plants do create their own silent network  in parallel with our communications network including their own internet.  It seems that plants aren't just sitting there quietly growing. By linking to the fungal network they can help out their neighbors by sharing nutrients and information. However, similar to the human internet, the fungal internet has a dark side like our own internet. It happens that plants need to compete with their neighbors for scarce resources like water and light. In that day-and-night eternal battle, chemicals  are released to harm their rivals. Animals exploit and use for their benefit the fungal internet. Some plants produce compounds to attract friendly bacteria and fungi to their roots, but these signals can be picked up by insects and worms looking for tasty roots to eat.

The subterranean world of Edmund Halley
Erratic science from a well-known scientist
The incredible sculptures with everyday objects of Gilbert Legrand

The incredible sculptures with everyday objects of Gilbert Legrand

Gilbert Legrand, who was born in Paris, is a freelance illustrator who gives us an incredible lesson about the hidden side of everyday objects. Somehow, and unexpectedly Legrand awaits to reveal us another world we appreciate very little. This artist illustrator shakes us and lifts us the underfoot comfort carpet we use to see the things around us in only one way. Gilbert Legrand gives some lessons to the analytical mind and challenges them to see science in more than one way. How could Legrand illustrate the atoms, or illustrate the theory of relativity or quantum mechanics?

Human body proportions: The Vitruvian Man
An infographic about the human body proportions
10 ways shopping at Wal-Mart in China is completely different from how it is in the US

10 ways shopping at Wal-Mart in China is completely different from how it is in the US

Chinese culture is different from all other world cultures, as all other cultures are different from ours. Shopping is one of those everyday activities where people show those differences. Therefore, opening stores in other countries must adapt their marketing strategies to those cultures. For example, in China rice is sold in giant, open vats, and foods are mostly kept in the open instead of being packaged. Why? Check out the photos.

In the red: Debt and mental health
A free EBook on the effects of debt to our mental health
Why is there something rather than nothing?

Why is there something rather than nothing?

This is a very old question that predates to the ancient Greek philosophers. How can something emerge from the nothingness? How can the void "exist"? Maybe for the pre-Newtonian physics the question may appear absurd, but not anymore. In the light of modern quantum and relativity physics the answer to the question of the existence of the Universe can be surprising. Yes, the Cosmos may have sprung out of nothing at all, because in quantum physics, if something is not forbidden, it necessarily happens.

Amusement park physics with a NASA twist
A free EBook on physics by NASA
Hewlett-Packard new Sprout laptop with 3d scanner and touch-enabled flat mat

Hewlett-Packard reinvents the PC with a Touch Mat Screen for a keyboard and a 3D scanner for enhanced 3D experience

If you think that there is no more innovation space for the venerable desktop computer you have to read this. HP has unveiled a new concept in desktop PCs; a desktop computer with a 3D scanner integrated to it and at the same time substituting the old keyboard for a touch-enabled writing-drawing-and working mat. Forbes says: If Da Vinci Had A Desktop, It Would Be HP's Sprout while PC World writes: HP’s Sprout is a double touchscreen PC that makes the virtual feel far more real.

Invention and patent resources
Free authoritative EBooks about intellectual property 
Can we predict the future?

Can the web predict the future? The strange world of long-term betting

In to make some near-future predictions we need to have a fair amount of reliable information; we need to have a really big amount of data collected from different sources. We know that in the past some science fiction writers "predicted" future technologies like the submarine, helicopters, etc. but the World Wide Web was not yet invented. Now, predictions are not based on the imagination of fertile writers: now predictions are based on big data from big networks spanning all of our planet.

History of the conflict between religion and science
A free EBooks about religion versus science confrontation 
Surveillance: The many ways you're being tracked.

Surveillance: The many ways you're being tracked

How much do you think you are being watched? Do you think that if there are no cameras around nobody is watching you? But what about your cell phone, what about your bank accounts? Where do you think your online chats are gone? Governments, spy agencies, screening offices --even your friends-- can store a lot of information about you, your assets, your family. But the worst part is that stored information can virtually last forever. Chris Baraniuk has an interesting story about stealth surveillance in his article Surveillance: The hidden ways you’re tracked.

Password generator
Free strong passwords generation 
Is solar energy the worst of all renewables?

Is solar energy the worst way of all renewable energy solutions?

Solar generation is a widely used alternative of renewable power. However, a new report from the European Union says its economic impact is unacceptably costly, and believe it or not, far worse than wind and even hydroelectric power. That's what an MIT article stands for in their MIT Technology Review website titled: Why Solar Is Much More Costly Than Wind or Hydro. Read the article in this link and download the PDF European Union Report Subsidies and costs of EU energy: An interim report.

Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe
Free EBook on advances in hydrogen technologies in Europe