Japan scientists can 'read' dreams


Scientists in Japan said they had found a way to "read" people's dreams, using MRI scanners to unlock some of the secrets of the unconscious mind.

Researchers have managed what they said was "the world's first decoding" of night-time visions, the subject of centuries of speculation that have captivated humanity since ancient times.

In the study, published in the journal Science, scientists at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, in Kyoto, western Japan, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to locate exactly which part of the brain was active during the first moments of sleep.

They then woke up the dreamer and asked him or her what images they had seen, a process that was repeated 200 times.

These answers were compared with the brain maps that had been produced by the MRI scanner.

Researchers were then able to predict what images the volunteers had seen with a 60 percent accuracy rate, rising to more than 70 percent with around 15 specific items including men, words and books, they said.

"We have concluded that we successfully decoded some kinds of dreams with a distinctively high success rate," said Yukiyasu Kamitani, a senior researcher at the laboratories and head of the study team.

"I believe it was a key step towards reading dreams more precisely," Kamitani told AFP.


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London: The world's most costly city for mortgage holders PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:04




London has overwhelmed Hong Kong to turn into the most costly city for top of the line, new form property - which has now arrived at a world record at £2,000 for every square foot.

The expense of another form home, arranged in the well known center of the UK's capital, has climbed by 16pc throughout the most recent year, as indicated by a report by property bunch, CBRE.

The file has Hong Kong and New York in second and third place, with prime property costing £1,950 and £1,800 separately.

Jennet Siebritis, head of private examination at CBRE, refers to the extreme supply and interest lopsidedness in London as the fundamental component driving up costs in the city, which has expanded in populace by one million individuals since 2004.

Interestingly, the number of inhabitants in New York stayed static.

While supply was an issue 10 years prior, she proceeded with, London has now turned into a "worldwide" city pulling in worldwide organizations and their representatives, expanding the power for new form condo in the capital's center.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:12
London named Best City for Culture PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:30



London was the huge champ as Leading Culture Destinations reported the champs of its inaugural yearly recompenses.

The capital was named as Best City for Culture, and the Tate Modern gathered three recompenses, Leading Culture Destination 2014, and for Exhibitions & Programming, and Digital Experience.

It was the first and final worldwide recompenses to commend the best not-for-benefit visual expressions establishments around the world.cultural foundations in urban areas as far and wide as Paris, New York, Miami, Shanghai, Oslo, Berlin and Mexico City, were among those contending to win nine grants at the occasion, held at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London.


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Lodging offers Harry Potter-themed rooms in London PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 October 2014 21:04



The Georgian House Hotel has provided for some of its rooms a gothic feel so visitors can imagine they are using a night in Hogwarts.

There are two "Wizard Chamber" rooms that accompany a four-publication, "Muggle-size" cot; elixir jugs; cauldrons and other themed extras.

The rooms are accessible as a component of a bundle that incorporates a "Muggle strolling visit" of London, which takes in taping areas and different places that roused J.k. Rowling.

It is additionally conceivable to consolidate a stay with a Harry Potter studio visit. Visitors can take a Harry Potter visit transport from Victoria Station to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter on the edge of Watford.


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Scientists sound alarm over ocean acidification PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 20:41



Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food, scientists warned on Wednesday.

In the past two centuries, the sea's acidity level has risen 26 percent, mirroring the proportion of carbon dioxide it absorbs from the air, they said in a report to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting in South Korea.

Rising acidity will have damaging consequences for shellfish, corals and other calcium-making organisms which play a vital part in the food web, they said.

"It is now nearly inevitable that within 50 to 100 years, continued anthropogenic [man-made] carbon dioxide emissions will further increase ocean acidity to levels that will have widespread impacts... on marine organisms and ecosystems and the goods and services they provide," they said.

Acidification may already be affecting shellfish farms in the northwestern United States, they said.



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London Luthier repair shop gives musical instruments new life PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 October 2014 22:05

Located near the intersection of 48th Street and Baldwin Avenue is a stringed instrument repair shop that has been resurrecting damaged musical instruments and giving life to new ones for more than 40 years.

When customers enter they will likely see 74-year-old Linda London, owner and operator of London Luthier, quietly sitting behind the counter surrounded by guitars and hand tools. The front of the shop is sparse and dimly lit, but this is one of the few places to go in the Midwest that takes the time to serve the musician as well as the instrument.

London Luthier opened in 1969 and moved to its current location in 1974 when the space became available. London’s husband, Dale, who passed away in 2004, worked as a commercial electrician before he started building instruments. Linda learned to repair instruments by working alongside him.

“This place is challenging because you never know what’s going to come in the door,” she said. “Whenever somebody wanted something special, Dale could figure out how to do it and design it. He always drew out blueprints and did everything to scale.”

Dale received a ninth-grade education, earned first class in electronics in the U.S. Navy and briefly worked as a welder at Nebraska Boiler Co. before he got bored and got his license to be an electrician, she said. She was born in Ord, Nebraska, moved to Lincoln at about 13 years old and graduated from North East High School when she was 16 years old. The two were married the year after she graduated.

“I’m the one that got him started because I’m the one that tried to play classic guitar,” she said. “Of course he didn’t know anything, so he went down and got me an old archtop Harmony with steel strings and high action (the space between the strings and the fret board). I kept trying to play and my fingers would bleed. I thought it was me, and I put it away. Then picked it up again,” London said. “Finally, he started shopping and he found me a nice little nylon string guitar. Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, there wasn’t a lot of things available music instrument-wise. So then he said, ‘Well I can build you one.’ He started researching and realized it wasn’t as easy as he thought it was going to be.”

London had been taking lessons at Thompson Music when her husband decided he was going to build a banjo.

“My guitar instructor said, ‘Well if he can build a banjo he can fix things,’” she said. “Thompson started sending all their instruments over to the house. We’d do setups on them and repair them. Next thing you know, we were over here.”

Her husband learned to build instruments by reading books and researching the principles of acoustics, vibrations of different types of wood and gluing pressures, she said.

“When he sat down to design something he had this innate sense to be able to understand how sound worked on an instrument – the vibrations through the bridge, going out through the braces on an acoustic guitar,” she said. “That’s just the way he was, he could just figure out things.”

Ryan Larsen, owner of Roots Music Shop on the corner of Q Street and North Antelope Valley Parkway, has been getting instruments repaired at London Luthier since the mid-1990s, he said.

“If you take a guitar in there, she’ll take a look at it and within a few moments she’s going to tell you a few things she can fix and make better,” he said. “My first memories of going in there, Dale was always sitting in the chair telling jokes and she was the one behind the counter doing all the work. I’m not selling him short – he did plenty.”

Dale London was considered an electronics and luthier genius, Larsen said. Dale and Linda each had their respective skill sets, but Linda hasn’t always received the credit she deserves, Larsen said.

“I got so good at it that he didn’t even touch them,” she said. “In the early days guys would come in here and they’d want Dale to work on their instrument. They didn’t really want a woman working on them. Dale would say, ‘Well, if you want it to be right, let Linda do it.’”

London’s favorite projects are working on old instruments – “things that have some history to them,” she said. One of the most recent projects was a harp guitar that was purchased brand new around 1903 and passed down through the family of the customer that brought it in.

“When you touch those things it’s like going back in time and you can almost see them be there,” she said. “To take something that’s just going to be thrown away and fix it back up – have it played and passed on – that’s what I really enjoy.”

The harp guitar had ended up in Arizona. When it came into London Luthier, the face of the guitar had buckled up, the bridge was standing on end, wood was splintered around the side of the guitar and a chunk of wood was missing.


Last Updated on Sunday, 26 October 2014 20:49
Monica Lewinsky said she was one of the first victims of cyber-bullying PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:35


Monica Lewinsky said she was one of the first casualties of digital harassing, getting to be "Patient Zero" after her issue with Bill Clinton, as the previous White House assistant provided for her first discourse in 13 years.

In an enthusiastic location at Forbes' inaugural Under 30 summit in Philadelphia that reviewed the 1998 sex outrage with Clinton, the 41-year-old advertised a crusade to end web tormenting.

Lewinsky told a auditorium that she was "the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.""I was Patient Zero," she said.


Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2014 17:55
Warnock named Crystal Palace manager PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 20:15


Neil Warnock has returned to Crystal Palace as manager to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Tony Pulis, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Warnock, who previously managed Palace between 2007 and 2010, takes over after Pulis abruptly left Selhurst Park on the eve of the season amid reports of a disagreement with co-chairman Steve Parish.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 13:23
Sainsbury’s Nine Elms donates items for Herbert Morrison Primary School coffee morning PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:01



On Friday 26th September, Herbert Morrison’s Primary School held a coffee morning for Macmillan, with ingredients kindly donated by Sainsbury’s. Colleagues from the Nine Elms store Andy Robins, Anton Blair and Mohammed Abdul donated cakes, napkins, milk and coffee to the school.

Vanessa Bennett, a teacher from the school paid the store a visit with a few pupils to pick up the donations from the store colleagues, and thank them for their kind donation.

Vanessa said: ‘’Our Macmillan coffee morning was a great success, the cakes and coffee donated by Sainsburys Nine Elms were a real treat. All proceeds will go towards supporting Macmillan.’’

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:09
Social networks make push as shopping destinations PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 October 2014 19:13


They're not just for sharing any more: Facebook and Twitter are now looking to play a bigger role in shopping.

Both major social networks have unveiled plans to start using "buy" buttons on their sites, which could start having an impact on "social shopping" in the coming holiday season.

The idea of using social networks such as Facebook to promote e-commerce has been around for some time, but so far has failed to deliver much. Facebook had some short-lived programs for "digital gifts" and another program selling virtual goods via Facebook games.

"Social commerce," stemming from reviews or referrals from social networks, is expected to hit $15 billion by 2015, according to the research firm Invesp.

Some analysts see a natural connection between social networks and shopping, since users often discuss products and brands in the messages.

"Sharing is a fairly reliable indicator of what people are going to buy," says Andy Stevens, head of strategy and research for Share This, a company which produces a sharing button for websites and analyzes social media trends.



Last Updated on Sunday, 26 October 2014 20:00
Icons of protest: Hong Kong's new symbols of freedom PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 20:45


For six days, umbrellas, yellow ribbons, cartoon takedowns of politicians and song lyrics have been festooned across a city whose streets have been cleared of traffic to make way for a new wave of political protest.

Flyovers are plastered with hundreds of multicoloured notes voicing encouragement; posters of the city's leader characterised as a zombie or vampire hang from bridges; lampposts, footbridges and signs are tied with yellow ribbon -- one of the most widespread symbols of the protest movement.

Sympathisers at home and abroad have changed their social media profile pictures to an image of the ribbon, also used by other movements as a sign representing solidarity and freedom.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 20:53
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