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Lucid dreams and metacognition: Awareness of thinking -- awareness of dreaming
Brain researchers discover similarities between dreaming and wakefulness. (2015-01-23)

The VuePod: Powerful enough for a gamer, made for an engineer
It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3-D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that interacts with a Kinnect-like Bluetooth device (called SmartTrack), while 3-D glasses worn by the user create dizzying added dimensions. (2014-12-19)

President Obama presents the National Medals of Science, National Medals of Technology and Innovation
At a White House ceremony last Thursday, President Obama presented the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The awards are the nation's highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. (2014-11-24)

Images of a nearly invisible mouse
Researchers at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center in Japan, together with collaborators from the University of Tokyo, have developed a method that combines tissue decolorization and light-sheet fluorescent microscopy to take extremely detailed images of the interior of individual organs and even entire organisms. The work, published in Cell, opens new possibilities for understanding the way life works -- the ultimate dream of systems biology -- by allowing scientists to make tissues and whole organisms transparent and then image them at extremely precise, single-cell resolution. (2014-11-06)

Three-dimensional metamaterials with a natural bent
In a significant breakthrough, published in Advanced Optical Materials, scientists from RIKEN, in collaboration with colleagues from ITRC, NARLabs in Taiwan, have succeeded in creating a large metamaterial, up to 4 mm x 4 mm2 in size, that is essentially isotropic, using a type of metamaterial element called a split-ring resonator. (2014-10-24)

How career dreams are born
A new study shows just what it takes to convince a person that she is qualified to achieve the career of her dreams. (2014-09-29)

Sleep twitches light up the brain
A new UI study finds twitches during rapid eye movement sleep comprise a different class of movement, which researchers say is further evidence that sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain and teach newborns about their limbs and what they can do with them. (2014-09-29)

Neuroscientists watch imagination happening in the brain
By showing people their own photos during MRI sessions, neuroscientists distinguished between brain activity that is specific to memory and activity that is specific to imagination. (2014-08-27)

Uncovering the ingredients of champions
Professor Allan Snyder, one of the top 10 most creative people in higher education, has published his latest book on 'What Makes a Champion' with World Scientific. (2014-07-14)

Sleep disturbances, common in Parkinson's disease, can be early indicator of disease onset
Up to 70 percent of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. Sleep problems may also be harbingers of future neurodegenerative disease. A review in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease discusses the underlying causes of sleep problems in PD, as well as medications, disease pathology, and comorbidities, and describes the most appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment options. (2014-07-10)

Varenicline combined with nicotine patch improves smoking cessation rates
Combining the smoking cessation medication varenicline with nicotine replacement therapy was more effective than varenicline alone at achieving tobacco abstinence at 6 months, according to a study in the July 9 issue of JAMA. (2014-07-08)

Spontaneous thoughts are perceived to reveal meaningful self-insight
A research team from Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard Business School set out to determine how people perceive their own spontaneous thoughts and if those thoughts or intuitions have any influence over judgment. Published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, their research found that spontaneous thoughts are perceived to provide potent self-insight and can influence judgment and decisions more than similar, more deliberate kinds of thinking -- even on important topics such as commitment to current romantic partners. (2014-05-27)

Caring for horses eases symptoms of dementia
In the first study of its kind, researchers have determined that spending time with horses eases symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia. (2014-05-05)

Sleep disorder linked to brain disease
Researchers at the University of Toronto say a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. (2014-04-22)

Scientists explain how memories stick together
Scientists at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains how neurons retain select memories a few hours after an event. This new framework provides a more complete picture of how memory works, which can inform research into disorders liked Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, post-traumatic stress and learning disabilities. (2014-04-16)

CASIS-sponsored research heads to space station aboard SpaceX-3
The final investigations of the Advancing Research Knowledge 1 series of research payloads will launch to the space station with the SpaceX-3 mission, joining the initial portion of the suite that launched aboard Orbital 1. (2014-03-26)

3-D scans map widespread fish disease
Seventy-five percent of antibiotics in Danish fish farms is used to treat fish with enteric redmouth disease. With the help of 3-D scans, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have mapped how the fish are infected with the bacterium. The findings were recently published in the scientific publication PLOS ONE. (2014-03-05)

Dreams, deja vu and delusions caused by faulty 'reality testing'
New research from the University of Adelaide has delved into the reasons why some people are unable to break free of their delusions, despite overwhelming evidence explaining the delusion isn't real. (2014-02-19)

Why does the brain remember dreams?
Some people recall a dream every morning, whereas others rarely recall one. In a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a team led by Perrine Ruby, an Inserm Research Fellow, shows that the temporo-parietal junction, an information-processing hub in the brain, is more active in high dream recallers. Increased activity in this brain region might facilitate attention orienting toward external stimuli and promote intrasleep wakefulness, thereby facilitating the encoding of dreams in memory. (2014-02-17)

University of Montreal study analyzes content of nightmares and bad dreams
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal, nightmares have greater emotional impact than bad dreams do, and fear is not always a factor. In fact, it is mostly absent in bad dreams and in a third of nightmares. (2014-01-27)

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 news tips
Propping open clogged heart arteries with a (2013-11-19)

Improving water security with blue, green, and gray water
With limited water and an increasing number of people depending on it, water security is tenuous. But integrated water management plans using (2013-10-03)

Increasing accessibility of 3-D printing raises concerns about plastic guns
Three-dimensional printers can make artists' and hobbyists' dreams a reality, opening up a new world of inexpensive, on-demand plastic parts manufacturing, but there's also a dark side. As these printers -- now available at major US retail stores -- become more popular, concerns are growing about their use for designing and building custom plastic firearms -- weapons that could conceivably go undetected. The cover story in Chemical & Engineering News reports on this development. (2013-10-02)

Advocates applaud launch of MTN-017, world's first phase II rectal microbicide study
IRMA applauds the launch of the world's first-ever Phase II rectal microbicide trial and notes importance of community input into the trial design. (2013-10-02)

Dreaming is still possible even when the mind is blank
This paper proves that even patients with Auto-Activation Disorder have the ability to dream and that it is the (2013-09-11)

Growing thin films of germanium
Researchers have developed a new technique to produce thin films of germanium crystals -- key components for next-generation electronic devices such as advanced large-scale integrated circuits and flexible electronics, which are required for gadgets that move or bend. (2013-09-06)

Frontiers news briefs: Aug. 13
This week's news briefs include: Plants modify soil to maximize water uptake by their youngest roots; people who often recall their dreams respond more strongly to their name; and a serious shortage of geriatric doctors in the USA. (2013-08-13)

Some parents want their child to redeem their broken dreams
Some parents desire for their children to fulfill their own unrealized ambitions, just as psychologists have long theorized, according to a new first-of-its-kind study. (2013-06-19)

Latest sleep research to be presented June 2 - 5 at annual meeting in Baltimore
Sleep clinicians and scientists from around the world will discuss current practices in sleep medicine and the latest findings in sleep research at SLEEP 2013, the 27th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC, which will be held June 2-5 at the Baltimore Convention Center. (2013-05-30)

Thirsty crops and hungry people: Symposium to examine realities of water security
Faced with an increasingly hungry world and limited supplies of water for food production, how do we ensure water security for future generations? That's the central question being addressed at an AAAS symposium on Sunday, Feb. 17. (2013-02-17)

From the seas to the stars: Modeling ships and space craft
Since the dawn of civilization, man has gazed across the oceans and up to the stars with dreams of conquering both. In a new book by Gina Hagler, Modeling Ships and Space Craft: The Science and Art of Mastering the Oceans and Sky (Springer, 2013), readers learn how the work of early ship builders informs the practices of today's advanced engineers. (2012-12-18)

Dream symbols could help in psychotherapy
Dream images could provide insights into people's mental health problems and may help with their treatment, according to a psychology researcher from the University of Adelaide. (2012-11-08)

CWRU's Maxwell J. Mehlman's book examines issues emerging in genetic engineering
Men and women could soon have the option to change the course of human evolution through genetic engineering. In his newly published book, Maxwell J. Mehlman examines potential challenges to law and bioethics. Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares: The Promise and Peril of Genetic Engineering (Johns Hopkins University Press) is about balancing advances in (2012-10-25)

Poor sleep in adolescents may increase risk of heart disease
Adolescents who sleep poorly may be at risk of cardiovascular disease in later life, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-10-01)

Sound level around seriously ill patients 'like a busy road'
Seriously ill patients in intensive care units are being cared for in environments with sound levels more than 20 dB higher than the WHO's recommendations. This is shown by a study carried out in partnership between the University of Gothenburg and the University of Boras. (2012-09-17)

Book offers resources for PTSD sufferers
Close to 5.2 million adults experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every year. And it can affect anyone -- from war veterans and abuse victims to persons directly or indirectly traumatized by violence, natural disaster or other catastrophes. In her latest book, What Nurses Know . . . PTSD, Binghamton University researcher, Mary Muscari, provides a holistic view of this potentially debilitating illness, providing PTSD sufferers and their friends and family with a better understanding of the disorder and what to do about it. (2012-09-11)

The seat of meta-consciousness in the brain
Studies of lucid dreamers visualize which centers of the brain become active when we become aware of ourselves. (2012-07-27)

Study identifies how muscles are paralyzed during sleep
Two powerful brain chemical systems work together to paralyze skeletal muscles during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, according to new research in the July 18 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The finding may help scientists better understand and treat sleep disorders, including narcolepsy, tooth grinding and REM sleep behavior disorder. (2012-07-17)

Real-life spider men using protein found in venom to develop muscular dystrophy treatment
When a stockbroker from the Buffalo suburbs discovered that his grandson had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, he turned to UB researchers for help in developing a treatment. (2012-07-16)

Olympic torch can brighten or burn host cities
Hosting the Olympics can allow cities to realize many long-term dreams or spark economic nightmares, according to a new book written by a Michigan State University professor. (2012-07-09)

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