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This Unique Font Uses Psychology to Help You Remember

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Everyone has different techniques for learning new things—create a mind map, employ mnemonics, join a study group, use a specific typeface created to help people retain more information and better remember notes.

A world first, Sans Forgetica combines psychological theory and design principles to improve recollection of written text.

The font was developed by researchers and academics from Australia’s RMIT University using the learning principle of “desirable difficulty,” where an obstruction adds to the learning process.

The idea is that, by removing segments of each character, our brains have to work just a little bit harder to process what we’re reading. Which leads to better memory retention and promotes deeper cognitive processing.

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Typical fonts—like Helvetica, Arial, Times New Roman, Goudy, Futura, Bakserville—are “familiar,” according to senior marketing lecturer and founding member of the RMIT Behavioral Business Lab, Janneke Blijlevens.

“Readers often glance over them and no memory trace is created,” she said.

But make the typeface too different, and the brain basically rejects it.

“Sans Forgetica lies at a sweet spot where just enough obstruction has been added to create that memory retention,” Blijlevens added.

Two key subversive elements (backslanting and gapping) force folks to fill in those voids and slow down the reading process, giving the brain more time to engage.

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During an online experiment featuring more than 100 university students and three new fonts, Sans Forgetica “broke just enough design principles without becoming too illegible and aided memory retention,” according to RMIT.

“We believe this is the first time that specific principles of design theory have been combined with specific principles of psychology theory in order to create a font,” behavioral economist Jo Peryman, chair of the RMIT Behavioral Business Lab, said.

Aimed at students bent over their computers and cramming for exams, Sans Forgetica is available to download for free as a font and Chrome browser extension.

“Sans Forgetica has the potential to be far-reaching, beyond the classroom, to a vast range of different people wanting to remember those things that are important to them in their lives,” Blijlevens said.

Mike Parker, progenitor of the Helvetica font, died in 2014. Around the same time, a 14-year-old discovered that the government could save $400 million each year by changing typefaces. Read more about typography and psychology on Geek.com.

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Watch: Passengers Freak Out Over New Tesla Roadster’s Record-Setting Acceleration

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When Tesla announced its new version of the Roadster, which can accelerate in zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, a lot of people were doubtful.

But a new video of the first test rides in the new Roadster, unveiled by Tesla on YouTube on Friday, shows that the “quickest car in the world” could actually be close to becoming a reality.

The video shows passengers’ hilarious reactions as the Roadster demonstrates its record-setting acceleration.

Reactions included a lot of “Holy S%!#” and “Oh My God” and “Holy F%!#”

According to Tesla, the all-new Roadster can travel 620 miles on a single charge – a new record for an all-electric vehicle.

“[It’s] the fastest production car ever made, period,” said Tesla founder Elon Musk. (Photo Credit: Tesla, Inc.)

The four-seater supercar can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds and from zero to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and it boasts a top speed of 250 mph.

The all-new Roadster will cost $200,000 at launch (the first 1,000 are available for a ‘Founders Series Price’ of $250,000), and will be available in 2020.

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Cuba Rolls Out Mobile Internet Service to Citizens for the First Time

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Cubans will now be able to access the internet on their mobile phones, according to state-run telecom agency ETECSA.

The announcement is a milestone for the Communist-run country, which has long been considered one of the least connected countries in the world, and one of the last without mobile internet.

Starting Thursday, December 6, citizens would be able able to start subscribing to internet access via a 3G mobile network.

In a news show broadcast on Tuesday, ETECSA executives announced a range of packages valid for 30 days from 600 MB for the equivalent of $7 dollars to 4 GB for $30. Without a package, 100 MB will cost users $10, Reuters reported.

With average state wages at around $30, the cost for mobile internet will likely be out of reach for most Cubans, even though users get a bonus 300MB use of local .cu domain websites.

The list of packages for the connection to mobile internet from mobile phones is displayed on a woman’s phone screen in Havana, Cuba on December 6, 2018. (Photo Credit: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Until today, citizens have mostly relied on Wi-Fi hotspots and internet cafes for mobile internet access, and the 3G service has been restricted to state-employed journalists and foreign businesses among others, according to BBC News.

“It was about time this became a possibility for Cubans too,” Havana resident Joaquin Montiel, 58, told Reuters. “But for some, like me, it’s still a remote one.” Montiel said he would not be able to afford a cellphone with 3G technology on his salary of less than $20 per month as a salesman in a state company.

Still, the launch is seen by many as a sign that the country is further softening its tough stance on individual freedoms. Internet was only largely available to tourist hotels and state-run clubs until 2013, when the island country began opening internet cafes.

It wasn’t until 2015 when the first Wi-Fi hotspot opened at a cultural centre, and other public spaces followed, the BBC reported. But many Cubans have complained about having to brave the elements just to use the Wi-Fi at the hotspots, which also lack of privacy. In 2017, ETECSA offered a limited number of home connections.

To reduce the risk of being overwhelmed with demand, ETECSA is rolling out the new 3G service will be rolled out over a three-day period.

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