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Time to break out the binoculars.
 
Ceres and Vesta Converge in Virgo, Watch it Happen With Just Binoculars

Don’t let them pass you by. Right now and continuing through July, the biggest and brightest asteroids will be running on nearly parallel tracks in the constellation Virgo and so close together they’ll easily fit in the same binocular field of view. 

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/111280/ceres-and-vesta-converge-in-virgo-watch-it-happen-with-just-binoculars/#ixzz2zAP15Zba
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+National Geographic - You may want to take down this picture from the games section.
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This gadget is pretty neat but it's the possibilities +Mark Bruce brings up that are fascinating.
 
Social Networking While You Sleep.

+iWinks recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iwinks/the-aurora-dream-enhancing-headband to produce the Aurora headband, which is designed to aid lucid dreaming. Working in conjunction with your phone the Aurora processes EEG data to determine when you have entered REM sleep. 

At this point it can provide auditory or visual cues, such as sounds or a gently flashing LED light that, if you notice in your dream, will make you aware that you are in fact dreaming and so allow you to fully enjoy the unbounded freedom of a lucid dreaming experience. 

During REM sleep your brain temporarily paralyses your body; so preventing your body from thrashing around in bed and acting out the motions you institute in your dream. Except for the eyes - you can still move your eyes and this is something most of us have seen when watching another sleep. 

If the headband had a camera that could see how your eyes were moving, then during the lucid dream you would be able to communicate with others by moving your eyes in certain patterns that represented the different things you wished to communicate (think Morse code at its simplest). Sleep researchers have routinely done this in the past. The flashing LEDs that brought you into the lucid state might be co-opted in the same fashion to send messages to you while you slept in your lucid dream and so allow two-way communication. 

So you might communicate with those in the room, those online say by posting a message on Google+, or even those who are also asleep and using the same device. That's a pretty astounding possibility: two sleeping people having a conversation. Even if it is limited by a single flashing optical channel. I think this is another sufficiently advanced technology that would seem like magic to those living not that long ago. 

Personally, I don't think I've had a lucid dreaming experience since I was a child of perhaps 8 years. As such I'd be keen to give it a go just for the chance to explore this altered state of consciousness! The possibility of playing around with two-way communication with future versions would be a bonus. 

What do you think? What else would you use it for and do you have lucid dreams anyway? 

More on iWinks and Aurora here: https://iwinks.org/aurora/purchase 
More on lucid dreaming here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream
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I've always been fasinated with the capability of lucid dreaming. Imo if you could master that you'd never need video games again. I just never had the discipline to train myself to do it.
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Monday night's marvels are worth staying up late for: Not only will Mars be bigger and brighter than it's been for more than six years, but you'll also be ab...
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It's Pi Day!
But... Pi is really not all that special. Check out just how not-special Pi is with another fun video from +Vi Hart 
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Beautiful gallery released by NASA.
 
Nasa's New Set Of 'Cosmos' Space Images Is Billions Of Kinds Of Awesome

by +Michael Rundle 

Space. It's billions and billions and billions and billions times more awesome than you think it is.

Nasa has released an incredible set of new images to celebrate the launch of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's new series 'Cosmos'.

The reboot of the classic American science series, originally presented by Carl Sagan, has won brilliant reviews after it debuted this week.

Now Nasa has responded by upping the ante with its own incredible gallery.

The pictures show everything from the broiling hell of a red dwarf star, the planet Venus under assault from a solar flare and the hurricane death storms tearing apart the poles of Saturn.

Take a look at the whole set of images... http://huff.to/1eo1uZF
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It looks like a bear holding up a pickaxe.
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New SR-71 stories I haven't seen before. These ones by pilot Rick McCrary.

"Once we were coming down off the coast of California and letting down across San Francisco and hit this huge thunderstorm. We had to go down into it because we didn't have enough gas to go anywhere else. There was incredible turbulence as you penetrated the thunderstorm, and the aircraft is just bouncing viciously around. St. Elmo's Fire is just rolling across the canopy. It was kind of like the first scene in the original Alien. To get down, pop out the other side, and see our tanker waiting with gas was an incredible sight.'

http://www.sbnation.com/2014/3/7/5447310/sr-71-blackbird-pilot-interview
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