Creating Holes in the Fabric of the Future

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Futurist Thomas Frey: I often get asked the question, “How do you become a futurist?”

When I get this question, I know that the person asking is secretly thinking that being a futurist is one of the coolest professions of all times, which it is. And they want some concrete process for becoming a futurist, which there isn’t one.

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Nasal Spray Developed That Improves Memory

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Good news for procrastinating students: a nasal spray developed by a team of German scientists promises to give late night cram sessions a major boost, if a good night’s sleep follows.

Good news for procrastinating students: a nasal spray developed by a team of German scientists promises to give late night cram sessions a major boost, if a good night’s sleep follows. In a research report featured as the cover story of the October 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal, these scientists show that a molecule from the body’s immune system (interleukin-6) when administered through the nose helps the brain retain emotional and procedural memories during REM sleep.

 

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Amputee’s Mermaid Dream

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Not so little mermaid gets a second chance at a normal life

Good: double amputee gets prosthetic legs so she can walk. Better: double amputee gets realistic-looking mermaid tail so she can swim. Awesome: it’s developed and built by Weta, the special-effects company that did work for the “Lord of the Rings” movies, as well as “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” series. Continue reading… “Amputee’s Mermaid Dream”

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Thought of Money will Light Up Your Brain

 Thought of Money will Light Up Your Brain

Dreams of money can seriously affect your thinking

Like the dollar signs in the eyes of cartoon characters, thoughts of money light up visual areas of the brain, a study has found. An international team, led by California University, has found that thoughts of money light up visual areas of the brain, including a part of visual cortex known as “V1” which represents basic features such as edge orientation and color.

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Why It’s OK to Settle for Mr. Good Enough

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Actually, he may be Mr. Good Enough

Still holding out for Mr. Right, even as middle age quickly approaches? Don’t hold your breath, says Lori Gottlieb. Here, the
author and single mom explains why true love may be a fantasy — and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Excerpted from “Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough” from the March 2008 issue of The Atlantic magazine.
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