The study of dreams: Scientists uncover new communication channels with dreamers

In 1981, Keith Hearne and Stephen Laberge asked dreamers to send “telegrams” to the outside world. More than 30 years later, scientists continue to blaze trails to communicate with the sleeping mind. Johannes Plenio/Unsplash, CC BY

Başak Türker, Institut du Cerveau (ICM) and Delphine Oudiette, Inserm

In his sci-fi film Inception (2010), Christophe Nolan imagined his protagonist slipping into other people’s dreams and even shaping their contents. But what if this story wasn’t so far away from real life?

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Dengue fever: the tropical disease spreading across Europe

The dengue virus is spread through bites from infected Aedes mosquitoes. Witsawat.S/Shutterstock

Raimundo Seguí López-Peñalver, Universidad Internacional de Valencia

If you were looking for information on dengue fever and only had access to older textbooks, it would likely be found in the sections on tropical and subtropical diseases.

The disease is, indeed, spreading rapidly in warmer regions: Peru – which has mixed subtropical and tropical climates – has recently recorded some of the highest numbers of the virus (both cases and deaths) within memory. This has led to the declaration of a state of emergency in most of its regions, as cases continue to climb year after year.

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Why did Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 have a sealed-off emergency exit in the first place? The answer comes down to money

The door plug area of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft awaits inspection on Jan. 10, 2024. Lindsey Wasson/AP Photo

Amy Fraher, Yale University

The aviation industry is still in shock from a near disaster on Jan. 5, 2024, in which a 60-pound “door plug” blew out from a nearly new Boeing 737 MAX 9 in flight at 16,000 feet, leaving a gaping hole in the fuselage.

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