Our Brains Can Make Decisions While We Sleep

The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, despite some everyday life experiences and recent scientific discoveries that would tend to prove our brains don’t completely switch off from our environment.

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Endorphins: The Natural Way to Fight Stress & Depression

Our generation is practically glued to our gadgets, so it's hard to blame anyone for not finding time to exercise. Even while you're reading this article, you're probably not moving very much. For those of us dealing with the "cloudiness" which comes with depression or stressful days, endorphins are the ultimate hormone to improve your mood and alleviate these symptoms naturally.

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How Awareness of Stress can Defeat it

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Even though it's easy to get caught up in emotions during times of stress, awareness could be key in defeating this silent assassin.  Armed with the right tools, improved monitoring of health-issues allows us for greater mobility in tackling these problems head-on and perhaps even prevent them in the future.

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How "Swatting" is Just Another Form of Hate

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Online gaming has taken world by storm, but as passions continue to ignite, revenge has become a sad part of it.  Referred to as "swatting," players who are often hundreds of miles away from their opponents, find their addresses in phone directories and various services to track down unlisted numbers.  

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How DNA Testing is Ripping American Indian Tribes Apart

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Although warfare was not uncommon among American Indians in the days before Columbus set sail, DNA testing is one form of combat Tribal Leaders are now using to fight a growing threat from within.  The Chukchansi tribe is voting this month on whether or not they should DNA test members in order to determine genetics and prove their bloodline.  The reason for this proposal is the flood of applications which arrived the moment a Sierra Nevada casino started operating on their reserve.

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A Workaholic's Strange Night at Enchanted Rock

With the freezing air constantly nudging at my skin, I was suddenly faced with no food, half a bottle of water, and was trapped hundreds of feet up on ancient rock.  Although this sounds like another rendition of 127 hours, the removal of entire ligaments isn't a part of this story.  My first experience was a bit eerie at first, but the feeling soon subsided after remembering all the campers parked just a couple miles away.  I was at Enchanted Rock in Texas, known for its sparkling features under the full moon, screeching rock performances every sunset, and easy-to-climb summits.  As your typical corporate drone, a vacation was needed.  So I stuffed everything useful into a small backpack, and after a few short hours driving, I arrived.

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Neurons in Human Skin Found to Perform Advanced Calcuations

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Could your own skin "know" what it's touching before your brain does? That's exactly what researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have been studying, and the results are interesting to say the least. What they've discovered is that neurons which branch through our skin don't just send signals to the brain they've made contact with an object, but it seems they actually process complex information about the object before surging through the spine. Only after the message has been received in the cerebral cortex region of the brain, does it become processed further.

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