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Seven thought experiments that will make you think twice

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Virtual reality starts in your head

Even before the invention of computer simulation, we were able to explore the possibilities of intricate concepts, construct alternative realities, and even put our ideas to a test-drive by using thought-experiments. They are the favorite game of philosophers and thinkers, and arguably one of the most crucial parts of both scientific and everyday life. These mental puzzles provide us with significant, otherwise hidden, insights and provoke our imaginations whereby we can expand our knowledge without previous experience.  

Here you will find seven thought-provoking mental experiments that will make you reassess your presumptions about certain topics:

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Scientists solve climate change mystery

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Revised temperature record affirms role of greenhouse gases in recent millennia

Scientists have resolved a key climate change mystery, showing that the annual global temperature today is the warmest of the past 10,000 years, according to a Rutgers University-led study published in the journal Nature.


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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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