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Need to Boost Your Brainpower? Write–Don’t Type–This Down

Studies confirm what many have long suspected: When it comes to taking notes, handwriting matters.

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When’s the last time you wrote something by hand? I mean really stopped, and took the time to put pen to paper, rather than simply type something out. Gone are the days when college lecture halls are filled with the sound of scratching notes being cranked out across reams of notebook paper. Instead, students increasingly take their notes amidst a cacophony of click-claking laptop keyboards, and the occasional, accidentally un-muted, *ding* of an incoming IM. But while technology has certainly made it easier to take more notes, more ways, in more places, that very same “more” is not necessarily better. In spite of the convenience typed notes may offer, research suggests that writing things down by hand may be significantly better for your brain.

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The Last Typewriter Factory Closes. Good Riddance (UPDATED)

It's easy to be nostalgic—but moving on from typewriters was one of the best things to happen for students.

Godrej and Boyce, the last company in the world still manufacturing typewriters, is closing its one remaining plant in India. We've had typewriters in America since 1867, and although they haven't been in common use for decades, the closing of this plant is the end of an era. But should we be nostalgic about the death of the typewriter?

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