September 22nd, 2007

Strange but True

Less Sleep Means More Dreams

Missing sleep tonight may just boost your dreams tomorrow night. 

Dreams are amazingly persistent. Miss a few from lack of sleep and the brain keeps score, forcing payback soon after eyelids close. "Nature's soft nurse," as Shakespeare called sleep, isn't so soft after all.


"When someone is sleep deprived we see greater sleep intensity, meaning greater brain activity during sleep; dreaming is definitely increased and likely more vivid," says neurologist Mark Mahowald of the University of Minnesota and director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Minneapolis.


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Quote of the Day


"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind."


William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Puzzling and Modern Thing

I am so bored. I feel tired and listless, and I can't think of anything to do. Everyone around me is also bored, which suggests that boredom, as we know it, must be a common universal feeling.
Not so, says anthropologist Yasmine Musharabash of the University of Western Australia in Crawley, Australia. 

She discovered that the Aboriginal idea of boredom is strikingly different from the Western idea of ennui. For the Warlpiri, boredom has nothing to do with having nothing to do. Instead, being bored means there just aren’t enough people around to make life interesting.


Our Western idea of boredom is apparently a product of the times. Before the 18th century, Musharabash explains, people weren't all that bored; world-weariness was experienced only by those with the time to be bored—the rich, the clergy and the unemployed.


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Lasting Images

Fall of the Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall had begun with the building of the Wall in 1961. However it took about three decades until the Wall was torn down. Several times people in the Communist countries raised up against the Communist system but they failed. Mass demonstrations against the government and the system in East Germany begun at the end of September and took until November 1989. On November 9 thousands of East Berliners  went to the border crossings. At “Bornholmer Strasse” the people demanded to open the border and at 10.30 pm the border was opened there. That moment meant the end of the Berlin Wall.