Jim Staab

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A New Method For Having Lucid Dreams Has Been Discovered by Scientists

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They’re incredible. Amazing. Magical. But perhaps the most fantastic thing about lucid dreams – in which the dreamer becomes aware they’re dreaming – is how realistic they seem.   Sadly, only about half of us ever experience lucid dreams in our lives, and efforts to trigger the phenomenon have delivered mixed results. But now, new
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For The First Time, Physicists Know How to Measure The Force of Light’s Momentum

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How much pressure does light exert on the matter with which it interacts? It’s a problem that’s confounded scientists for nearly 150 years – and it may now have a solution. A team of researchers have come up with a method for measuring the effect a photon has on matter.   Even though a photon
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This Bizarre Optical Illusion Shows if You Have ‘Curvature Blindness’

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Everybody loves a good optical illusion – and this recently discovered perception trick has us questioning how we see the world around us. Take a look at those lines in the image above (or you can see the full picture below if you scroll down a bit). What kind of lines do you see? Are they
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Steve The Weird ‘Aurora’ Is Not What We Thought It Was

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Well, well, well. Looks like the jig is up. The “new kind of aurora” discovered earlier this year, and subsequently named “STEVE” (if that is even its real name) has been rumbled. It seems Steve isn’t an aurora after all.   But that doesn’t mean the game is over. Because Steve’s actual identity may be
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A Tourist Fell Into This Ultra-Black Artwork That Looks Like a Cartoon Hole

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Not everybody ‘gets’ art, but one man’s failure to comprehend the artwork in front of him was so extreme he literally fell through a black void into limbo. A museum visitor scrutinising Anish Kapoor’s Descent Into Limbo at the Serralves Museum in Portugal let curiosity get the better of him when inspecting the ultra-black optical
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Here’s Why Missing Your Daily Coffee Can Lead to a Headache

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Caffeine is our favourite drug. But if we miss out on our fix, it can be a real headache, in more ways than one. Caffeine is a stimulant. It quickly enters our brain and blocks the (adenosine) receptors that are responsible for dulling brain activity.   By blocking the dulling of our brain, we feel
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Here Are The American Countries With The Most Progressive Drug Policies

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Canada recently became the second country – and the first Group of Seven country – to legalise marijuana for adults. As cultural attitudes change, governments around the world are looking to update their policies on drugs more generally.   Uruguay, a small nation of around 3 million people in South America, set a global precedent
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Archaeologists Have Removed And Analysed The Black Egyptian Sarcophagus Contents

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Archaeologists have had a closer look at the bones inside that mysterious black granite sarcophagus, and now have a better idea about who was inside. The three skeletons belonged to two men and a woman, who lived during the early Ptolemaic period.   Discovered in Alexandria in July, the sarcophagus – a stone receptacle for
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