Beware Students : Throw your laptops away because A pen is mightier than Keyboard.

As the technology is progressing, the laptops have become compact and easy to carry. With the development of advanced tablets and laptops the ideology of typing notes has increased which has led to the felling that writing the notes is considered as an old fashioned way.

But it turns out that there are more advantages taking notes the old fashioned way. Yes, I agree that typing is a lot faster and easier – which comes in handy when you have to jot down large pieces of information.

Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles sought to test how note-taking by hand or by computer affects learning.

Their research shows that laptops and tablets have a tendency to be distracting — it’s so easy to click over to Facebook in that dull lecture. And the study also shows that the slower you are in taking the notes the better it is for your understanding.

Mueller said that ” When people type their notes, they have this tendency to try to take verbatim notes and write down as much of the lecture as they can.” Mueller also added that ” The students who were taking longhand notes in our studies were forced to be more selective — because you can’t write as fast as you can type. And that extra processing of the material that they were doing benefited them”

So when students look back to their notes on their computer they are unable to process un necessary information whereas Students when they look back into their handwritten notes have precise and concise information.

The students who take handwritten notes out performed the students who took notes on their devices in all the three studies.

Do you support handwritten notes or typed notes? Let us know your preference in the comment section. 

Here is the detailed report:

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking

Image Source: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

 

 

What kinds of pens work in space?

An interesting question.

You might have heard that a ballpoint pen doesn’t work very well when upside down and hence it wouldn’t work in space.Now the question arises what type of pens work in space.

Feel free to ask us such question.

If you are the thinking that a ball point pen won’t work in space, then you are utterly wrong! because a ball point pen won’t work upside down on the earth because of the gravitational force.

In space the ink will not fall back away from the nib because of obvious reasons(less or nil gravity). Surface tension will keep the ink together and flowing.

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Astronaut using a mechanical pencil

Astronauts regularly use a Sharpie felt-tip permanent marker because it can be used to write on almost any surface, including plastic bags and fabric. Mechanical pencils are probably the second most used – primarily for jotting down numbers in procedure pads. But even regular ballpoint biro pens are used on-orbit.

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Astronaut using a felt -tip pen.

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News: An Earthquake shakes the East Garo Hills Of Meghalaya.

The East Garo hills in Meghalaya,  a north eastern state has experienced an earthquake today(Sunday, 12th February 2016) at around 09:35 Am( Indian Standard Time).

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The earthquake has been measured with a magnitude of 4.5 . As per the recent reports no loss of life and no loss of property has occurred which is great news!!.

The tremors have been felt near Delhi- NCR and northern India. The tremors were felt continuously for thirty five seconds.

The initial report by National Seismological Bureau said that the epicentre (the point on the Earth’s surface that is directly above the focus, the point where an earthquake or underground explosion originates) of the earthquake was  Rudraprayag of Uttarakhand. They also said that the earthquakes were of magnitude 5.8 on the Richter scale and the earthquake took place at a depth of 33 metres.

Rare Comet will be visible from Earth!!

NASA says that “The Comet will be visible to skywatchers at Earth but it is not considered as a threat to the earth”.

A rare comet has been discovered by the scientists at NASA. The comet will be visible with the help of a good pair of binoculars.

The Comet, C/2016 UI NEOWISE, “has a good chance of becoming visible through a good pair of binoculars, although we can’t be sure because a comet’s brightness is notoriously unpredictable”, said Paul Chodas, a manager at NASA’s Near-Earth Object(NEO).

The comet will be visible in the first week of January.

Kudos to Paul and his team at Nasa.