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Women of invention
Machines, medicines, aircraft, central heating... women have invented things in a staggering variety of elds, often working in obscurity. In our mini series, we’re shining a spotlight on a female inventor who changed the world.
Margaret E. Knight might have been born 180 years ago but her contribution to the modern age has never been more relevant. In 1868 the Maine factory worker invented a machine to mass-make paper bags, which up until then were more like giant at envelopes. Knight’s machine produced the at-bottomed paper bags which we’re more familiar with nowadays.
Her invention changed the face of the packaging industry and her original designs are still in use today. With the planet in plastic crisis and many supermarkets looking to phase out plastic bags by the end of the year, we’re so glad that Margaret’s ingenuity is making a comeback.
Classes, exams, revision... school may not bring back the most serene of memories. But Yale University is proving the stereotype wrong with their class, The Psychology
And the Good Life (known as ‘Happiness Class’ on campus). It has become the most popular class ever in their 317 year history, with a quarter of all undergraduates enrolling to attend.
The class includes practical advice on living a happy life, from choosing a meaningful career to nding satisfying pursuits. And you don’t have to get into Yale to attend – it’s now available for free online as part of ‘The Science of Wellbeing’ seminar series.
Swot up at www.coursera.org