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How sleep helps to process emotions

Researchers at the Department of Neurology of the University of Bern and University Hospital Bern identified how the brain triages emotions during dream sleep to consolidate the storage of positive emotions while dampening the consolidation of negative ones. The work expands the importance of sleep in mental health and opens new ways of therapeutic strategies.Continue reading “How sleep helps to process emotions”

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Liberating out-of-copyright photos from SmartFrame’s DRM

During the middle of the 20th Century, the UK’s Royal Air Force took thousands of photographs of the country from above. Think of it like a primitive Google Earth. Those photographs are “Crown Copyright”. For photographs created before 1st June 1957, the copyright expires after 50 years. Read more…

U.S.S. Akron (ZRS-4) and U.S.S. Macon (ZRS-5)

The United States Navy airships U.S.S. Akron (ZRS-4) and U.S.S. Macon (ZRS-5) were designed for long-range scouting in support of fleet operations. Often referred to as flying aircraft carriers, each of the helium-inflated airships carried F9C-2 Curtiss Sparrowhawk biplanes which could be launched and recovered in flight, greatly extending the range over which the AkronContinue reading “U.S.S. Akron (ZRS-4) and U.S.S. Macon (ZRS-5)”

Panic Playdate Review

Little, yellow, different. This indie handheld game system breaks lots of rules. Panic’s bizarre gaming handheld was announced years ago, something that seemed whimsical and almost like a joke. It has the look of a product you’d see on an episode of Portlandia: a small, twee device in Pikachu yellow, with a Game & Watch-esqueContinue reading “Panic Playdate Review”

How polyester bounced back

Fifty years ago, polyester seemed like a wonder fabric. It freed women from their ironing boards, and they poured into the workforce, feeling liberated in their double-knit pantsuits. Polyester held bright colors better than old-fashioned materials, making it ideal for psychedelic prints, disco attire, and sports teams clashing on color television. It was inexpensive, andContinue reading “How polyester bounced back”

A Plastic Bag’s 2,000-Mile Journey Shows the Messy Truth About Recycling

When the British supermarket chain Tesco Plc first started ­collecting plastic bags and wrappers from customers to be recycled in March 2021, Caroline Ragueneau was thrilled. She was working as a retail assistant at a Tesco store in southwest England when the first white deposit boxes appeared, promising to turn what’s typically discarded back intoContinue reading “A Plastic Bag’s 2,000-Mile Journey Shows the Messy Truth About Recycling”

Digging Up the Rich Viking History of Britain

A massive 1,100-year-old graveyard leads to a surprising new view of the Nordic legacy in Britain Cat Jarman led me through a dense tangle of forest called Heath Wood. We were in Derbyshire, close to the very heart of England. There was no path, and the forest floor was overgrown with bracken and bush. ItContinue reading “Digging Up the Rich Viking History of Britain”

Adafruit: Verified Accounts Secured with 2FA for Some High-Demand Products

Due to bots buying out certain high-demand items, such as the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, we are now requiring a verified account with two-factor authentication, 2FA, enabled for purchase. We are working to ensure as many of you makers and engineers out there have a chance to order these items at market prices withoutContinue reading “Adafruit: Verified Accounts Secured with 2FA for Some High-Demand Products”