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The barcode has revolutionised information flow and supply and retail operations in the world. BBC News reports that Norman Joseph Woodland, who co-created the barcode, has died at the age of 91.
Woodland worked with university classmate Bernard Silver to create the system in the 1940s and it was patented in the US in 1952. A patent that was later sold for just $15,000 (£9,300).The modern-day barcode is estimated to be scanned more than five billion times every day.
The UK is one of only three countries in Europe where fewer than 10 per cent of students go on to postgraduate study, a major report has revealed.
In most major European countries, between 15 and 24 per cent of students continue with their studies after gaining an undergraduate degree. But in Britain, the number is significantly lower.