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German scientists report in BMC Neuroscience that they measured the brain waves of eight pairs of guitarists using electroencephalography (EEG) while they played a modern jazz piece called “Fusion #1” (by Alexander Buck). The researchers found that the guitarists’ brain waves were aligned most during three pivotal times: when they were syncing up with a metronome, when they began playing the piece and at points during the composition that demanded the most synchrony.
synchrony was most prominent in the frontal and central parts of the brain that regulate motor function
this may be related to mirror neurons, the capacity of primates and humans to imagine the action of the other person while performing actions yourself
inter-brain synchrony may also help explain humans’ ability to engage in a host of other activities and behaviors that involve couples or teams, such as dancing, boxing, tennis and mother–child bonding
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Meteotek team of IES La Bisbal school in Catalonia
Team leader Gerard Marull, 18, said: “We were overwhelmed at our results, especially the photographs, to send our handmade craft to the edge of space is incredible.”
“The balloon we chose was inflated with helium to just over two metres and weighed just 1500 grams,” said Gerard. “It was able to carry the sensor equipment and digital Nikon camera which weighed 1.5kg.
when we launched at 9.10am on that morning the critical point for the experiment was to see if the balloon would make it past 10,000m, or 30,000ft, which is the altitude that commercial airliners fly
At over 100,000ft the balloon lost its inflation and the equipment was returned to the earth
photographic card, which was still emitting its signal, even though it had been exposed to the most extreme conditions

Picture of the stratosphere taken by four Spanish schoolboys: Teens capture images of space with £56 camera and balloon
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More interesting information – like what to do with your own dream interpretations – at the source.
clipped from www.nytimes.com
a series of studies of more than 1,000 people by two psychologists, Carey Morewedge of Carnegie Mellon University and Michael Norton of Harvard
when the researchers asked people to interpret dreams, some suspiciously convenient correlations turned up. When asked to recall their own dreams, they attached more significance to a negative dream if it was about someone they disliked, and they gave correspondingly more weight to a positive dream if it was about a friend.
similar bias showed up when people were asked to imagine that they had had various dreams starring a friend or a deity. People rated a dream about a friend protecting them against attackers as being more “meaningful” than a dream about their own romantic partner faithlessly kissing that same friend. People who believed in God were more likely than agnostics to be swayed by divine apparitions.
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Words fail me.
clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk

Pink the albino dolphin: Pink dolphin appears in US lake
The world’s only pink Bottlenose dolphin
actually
an albino

“I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed
one that was a little lighter.


“It was absolutely stunningly pink.


“I had never seen anything like it. It’s the same color throughout the
whole body and it looks like it just came out of a paint booth.

it does not appear to be drastically affected by the
environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition,
although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others
in the pod.
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