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Scientists break through the wall of sleep to the untapped world of dreams

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Dialogue with a sleeper

NSF-supported researchers achieve two-way communication with lucidly dreaming people, creating a new method for studying the human mind that might lead to innovative ways of learning and problem-solving.

Researchers at Paller's lab at Northwestern University in Illinois, along with researchers in France, Germany and the Netherlands, have independently demonstrated two-way communication with people as they are lucidly dreaming during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the breakthrough was achieved in the U.S. by Karen Konkoly, Paller's doctoral student, and Christopher Mazurek, a volunteer research participant at the time of the study — and one of the first people to ever engage in a real-time dialogue from within a dream.



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N₂O - Where Science Meets Fun

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Who Said Science Can't be Funny

We all need a good laugh. Especially after a hard week of studying, working, researching, and doing other smart things. We at SWS Society recognize that science is not always the serious stuff we do in our labs or behind the desk. This is why we are starting a column, that will make us all laugh from time to time. Enjoy!

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Albena - A Piece of Paradise on the Black Sea Coast

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50 Years of Excellence

For more than 50 years, Albena has been one of the best resorts on the Black Sea coast. Golden Sand, crystal-clear water, and high-level accommodation are just a small part of what the resort can offer. Since it was opened in 1969, Albena aims to be a "Green" Resort and constantly implements new ecological measures. All this makes the place perfect for both leisure and conference tourism.

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Mars rovers safe from lightning strikes

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Sparks triggered by friction under normal atmospheric conditions would likely be small

If experiments done in small bottles in a University of Oregon lab are accurate, the friction of colliding Martian dust particles is unlikely to generate big electrical storms or threaten newly arrived exploration vehicles or, eventually, human visitors, according to U.S. National Science Foundation-funded researchers.


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Albert Einstein: All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree

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"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom."

-Albert Einstein

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