Smoking is responsible for several diseases, such as cancer, long-term (chronic) respiratory diseases, and heart disease, as well as premature death. Over 440,000 people in the USA and 100,000 in the UK die because of smoking each year. According the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), $92 billion are lost each year from lost productivity resulting from smoking-related deaths. (more…)
Scientists at UC Berkeley have achieved a major milestone in their quest to create a technology that would let us tap into our brain’s imaging systems. They used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and computational models and they succeeded in decoding and reconstructing visual experiences of their test subjects.
The tests they ran had people watching a movie trailer. Then, they reconstructed the images using their new technology. While that’s as far as they can do right now, it puts them one step closer to being able to tap into your dreams.
The more noble implications for this technology will allow some sort of understanding, and even communication with people who cannot communicate verbally. For example, stroke victims, and people in comas.
Weight… too much of it… affects nearly 70% of adults and 15% of children in the United States. At the same time, obesity rates continue to climb causing an epidemic which, according to a recent study actually threatens the world food supply. While there are many explanations for this phenomenon, a big one may be fast food consumption (more…)
The human brain is responsible for many complex creations, but it can’t invent the image of people. So the “strangers” that you meet in your dreams actually have the faces of people who you’ve once seen in your real life but forgotten, like your childhood mailman or that guy bumped into on the side walk that one time.
Chances are that you’ve laid their eyes on more than a few individuals, and so the brain as a huge cast of characters to play with when you drift off to sleep. Except for in the case of extreme psychological disorder, every human being dreams. In fact, in a recent study, students who were awakened at the beginning of each dream but still allowed 8 hours of sleep, all experienced difficulty concentrating, irritability, hallucinations, and signs of psychosis in a span of three days.
When they were allowed their REM sleep, their brains compensated for the lost time by increasing the percentage of the sleep spent in the REM stage. Dreams are a window into the subconscious. Even though most of the time, they’re completely random, disorganized, and we forget 90% of them within 10 minutes of waking up; many people have drawn inspiration from their dreams. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was a based on a dream that she had.
Ali Akbar Khan (1922 – 18 June 2009), born in Brahmanbaria, India (now Bangladesh), began his studies in music at the age of three. He studied vocal music from his father and drums from his uncle, Fakir Aftabuddin (more…)
One of the most common ways for people to relax and to reduce their stress is to listen to jazz music. Most people like jazz and listen to it for fun, but jazz music may also be able to make some people healthier. (more…)
The culture of India is among the world’s oldest, reaching back about 5,000 years. Many sources describe it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world. India is a very diverse country, and different regions have their own distinct cultures (more…)
The lead times on Apple’s Asian websites for the iPhone 5s are at 7 to 10 business days at best and many countries and models are showing October deliveries (more…)
As nations worldwide continue the search for alternate energy options, traditionally oil-rich Gulf states are looking up to their other abundant resource: The sun. (more…)
He died nearly 800 years ago, and yet we all still know his name. From 1190 to 1227, Genghis Khan ruled an empire that eventually stretched from Russia to China. (more…)
The 10 Most Traffic Congested Cities In The World (more…)
Bonsai (盆栽) are potted miniature trees which are carefully styled to achieve an aesthetic effect. The concept was first imported into Japan from China more than a thousand years ago. Since then, a distinctive style of this art form has been developed in Japan. (more…)
On behalf of the entire team of the public organization “Cultural center of the East” cordially like to congratulate the Armenian people on Independence Day and to wish all of us and our 22-year-old state of well-being, peace, solve all the urgent social or political problems and overcome many obstacles as soon as possible!!! (more…)
Lots of countries and nations on our planet were not even in forming plans when Syria with its national, cultural, religious, political and state values represented rather civilized and developed country (more…)
On 6 August 2013, Ambassador of India to Armenia Dr. Suresh Babu paid a courtesy call on Gen.Vladimir Gasparyan, Head of the Police Department [with rank of Interior Minister] of Armenia. (more…)
A collection of artworks belonged to three pioneers of Iranian modern art is slated to be showcased at Saba Art and Cultural Institute in Tehran. (more…)
While largely beneath the contemporary-art radar, painting for Japanese temples by the stars of the postwar art world is a relatively common activity, though largely restricted to nihonga (Japanese-style painting). (more…)
The atrocities committed against the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire during WWI are defined as the Armenian Genocide. (more…)
His Holiness Garegin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians received the newly assigned Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to the Republic of Armenia Suresh Babu at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (more…)