Decoding dreams: the science behind dreaming

Dreaming is a kind of mental state or altered state of consciousness which occurs during sleep. Often, they involve fictitious events that are organized into a loose story. They show that our brains are capable of generating entire worlds that are disconnected, but often draw inspiration from our waking environment. They have fascinated mankind since time immemorial and much has been speculated about their origins and purpose. Early accounts account of dreams from as far as 5000 years in Mesopotamia, set in clay tablets. Like many other things, they also have been subject to the fundamental human need to find a meaning in things that they don’t understand by inventing one. As such many ancient civilisations treated them as a means by which the future and prophesies can be communicated.

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Why your fingerprints are unique

Your fingerprints are unique. They are yours, and yours alone. They can open doors, unlock your phone, let you into a country, or even just into a theme park. They are your personal identifier. Although there are many uses for fingerprints, perhaps the one which has most captured the public’s imagination is their use in forensic science. After all, how many criminals in stories wouldn’t have been caught without a careless fingerprint left at the scene. Because of this, it is quite fitting that this is also one of its first recorded uses.

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The appropriation of the lab coat: A short history

Lab coats. That thing you wear when you’re trying to look sciency because there are cameras around or the lab is a bit nippy. However, when you line up for your first of many coffees of the day, the casual observer may see something different. Possibly as a result of all the chemical stains, or maybe because of the splatters of blood, it will probably be assumed you’ve been dumpster diving in the hospital trash and stolen an MDs coat.

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