Lucid Dreaming: Hallucinating Without Drugs

The art of “waking up” in your dreams is known as lucid dreaming. To achieve lucidity, you must realize that you are dreaming yet continue to dream. The experience will be every bit as vivid and clear as waking life, except that impossible things can happen. But is it safe? Here we’ll explore lucid dreaming in more detail, as well provide some lucid dreaming tips to make sure you stay safe.

Lucid dreaming is a skill that can be learned with a moderate amount of consistent effort. The first phase of learning lucid dreaming is keeping a “dream log.” Keep a pen and paper by your bed, write down your most recent dreams every time you wake up at night, and review this log regularly. The purpose of this exercise is to increase your dream recall. After several weeks of this it will be time to move on to the second phase.

The second phase of learning lucid dreaming is to perform state tests. State tests are based on the fact that you probably cannot read anything while you are dreaming – if you try to focus on written material you will find it too blurry to read. To perform a state test, ask yourself the question “Am I dreaming?” Ask this question not as a formality but in the spirit of true inquiry. Next, attempt to focus on the nearest written material. If you can read it, you’re awake. If you can’t, you’re probably dreaming. Perform dozens of state tests every day for several weeks until it becomes a habit. One of these days your new habit will spill over into your dream life – you will perform a state test while you’re dreaming and fail it. This failure tells you that you are dreaming and should trigger lucidity.

Learning to become lucid in your dreams is just the beginning. Over time you can even learn to control your dreams, a skill than can offer some very practical uses. You might use lucid dreaming, for example, to practice anything from giving a business presentation to shooting free throws. Practicing these skills in the privacy of your own dreams can lead to measurable improvement in your performance of these skills when you’re awake.

Are Phlebotomists Soon To Be Extinct?

If you are a Phlebotomy technician, you know that your job can be a thankless one. You draw blood from people under Doctor’s orders for lab tests, which usually means you have to deal with a lot of people with needle phobias and other neuroses surrounding blood.

Now it looks like there may be a technology that will make having a Phlebotomist on staff unnecessary. It’s called “TAP” (short for Touch-Activated Phlebotomy) and it worked by sending several micro-needles under the skin at once to collect your blood. The needles are so small that you wouldn’t feel it, and there would be no trace of the venipuncture on your skin.
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It would be bloodless.

If a Doctor or Nurse can extract samples so quickly and easily, there may not be much need for a dedicated Phlebotomist on staff.

How Faraway Is This Technology?

Seventh Sense Biosystems will need FDA approval for the technology first. The company has just been acquired by a giant medical company called Sartorius so we imagine that they believe in the feasibility (and profitability) of this technology.

Of course part of a Phlebotomist’s job description is to relax patient’s fears and anxiety about blood. Well, TAP actually extracts the patient’s blood in a way that is invisible to the patient. To top it off, the needles are also capable of releasing anti-coagulants as needed into the patient’s bloodstream.

This is just the first step in creating a blood-less medical tests that are so safe and un-intrusive that you could start seeing them installed automatically in homes to take care of all the family members inside.

Satellite Technology May Be Used To Detect Cancers

Some of the amazing creature comforts that we now take for granted came from NASA and the great race into space: memory foam mattresses, copy machines, radial tires, and of course “space pens” are just some of the technologies we now enjoy (click here for a complete list: it’s a fascinating read!).

In the realm of medical technology, the technology used to create ultra-sensitive sensors for mapping the surface of the Earth may soon be used to detect skin cancers on the body. Xenics, an infrared sensor tech company, developed a super-powerful sensor for the Proba-V Satellite, which is used to monitor and detect changes in vegetation…from space.

The sensor on the Proba-V is a super-powerful 3072-pixel line sensor. This sensor, if directed towards a patient’s skin, may help dermatologists scan your skin for cancerous cells before you even notice a weird-looking mole.

The sensor is vastly more powerful than your average smartphone’s sensor, but with a little consumer demand for medical iDevices, Moore’s Law could definitely see these types of sensors coming to the consumer market sooner rather than later. Researchers have already configured Samsung smartphone sensors to detect gamma radiation with surprising accuracy.

By contrast today’s early detection technologies seem borne right out of the mid-20th century. The Dermascope involves a magnifying scope (typically about 10X magnification), and staining the skin with India ink to prevent natural reflections from the skin. Imagine what a satellite sensor that detects minute changes in vegetation FROM OUTER SPACE could do if placed right next to your skin!