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Dreams help us solve puzzles-

Scientists have long wondered why we dream, with answers ranging from Sigmund Freud’s idea that dreams fulfill our wishes to the speculation that these wistful journeys are just a side rapid-eye-movement, or REM, sleep. Turns out, at least part of the reason may be critical thinking, according to Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett who presented her theory in 2010 at the Association for Psychological Science meeting in Boston. She has found that our slumbering hours may help us solve puzzles that have plagued us during daylight hours.

According to Barrett, it’s the visual and often illogical aspects of dreams that make them perfect for out-of-the-box thinking that is necessary to solve some problems.



The Brain Doesn’t Feel Pain

Ouch! When you stub your toe or touch something hot, your body releases chemicals that send pain signals up through the spinal cord to receptors in the brain. The brain then sends the pain message back down to the part of the body that hurts. But although it’s the interpreter of pain, the brain itself does not have pain-sensitive nerves. Only the structures that surround the brain feel pain. As a matter of fact, once inside the brain, surgeons can operate on the brain without anesthesia. In one technique known as brain mapping, surgeons probe brain tissue while monitoring reactions like muscle movement and speech ā€” all while the patient is awake.


Reading can help prevent Alzheimerā€™s.

Reading can help prevent Alzheimerā€™s.
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A recent study found that people who read are two and a half times less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimerā€™s Syndrome later on in life. Although this does not mean that reading will prevent the disease, it proves a slight relationship between reading and prevention.

(It also helps use the right public restroom, see quote of the day)



My eyes focus on a paper, where a mute lady just wrote me a message, my eyes focus on these squiggly letters that are meant to transfer ideas and thoughts from one person to another and create a visualization of something remarkable in your brain, where you imagine yourself in that situation and it puts you in that particular writer’s world of excitement, adventure and chaos. Reading a message that could have been written thousands of years ago and it’s now yours. So I read, eagerly and with great anticipation and it says “you are in the women’s bathroom!!” Crap, not again.

-M. Lamp-Paz


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The first parachute jump of note was made by AndrĆ©-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris in 1797.Ā Leonardo da Vinci conceived the idea of the parachute in his writingsĀ but AndrĆ©-Jacques Garnerin was the first to design and test parachutes capable of slowing a manā€™s fall from a high altitude.