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2010-06-07 13:28:18

Although incident parasomnias are uncommon as children enter adolescence, parasomnias present in preadolescents may persist into the teen years, according to a research abstract that will be presented Monday, June 7, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, at SLEEP 2010, the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC. Results indicate that the rate of persistence after five years was 29 percent for children with bedwetting and 27 percent for children with...

2009-12-01 12:31:18

A study in the Dec.1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that short, unpleasant, dreamlike mental activity occurs during sleepwalking and sleep terrors episodes, suggesting that people with these sleep disorders may be acting out dreamlike thoughts. Results show that 71 percent of participants reported at least one incident of dreamlike mental content associated with an episode of sleepwalking or sleep terrors, and the action in the dreamlike thoughts corresponded with the observed behavior. A...

2009-12-01 12:25:30

A study in the Dec.1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that dream-enacting behaviors are common in healthy young adults, and the prevalence of specific behaviors differs between men and women. Results indicate that 98 percent of subjects (486/495) reported experiencing one of seven subtypes of dream-enacting behavior at least "rarely" in the last year. The most prevalent behavior subtype was "fear," with 93 percent reporting that they had felt signs of fear in their body after awakening from a...

2009-04-29 08:58:43

U.S. scientists say they've created a device that provides a computer with much of the energy savings of sleep mode and some of the usefulness of awake mode. Researchers from the University of California-San Diego and the Microsoft Corp. developed the plug-and-play hardware prototype for personal computers that induces a new energy saving state known as sleep talking. The USB-connected hardware and software plug-in system allows a PC to remain in sleep mode while continuing to maintain...

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2009-04-24 11:01:25

'Sleep talking' is a green computing advance from UC San Diego and Microsoft Research Personal computers may soon save large amounts of energy by "sleep talking." Computer scientists at UC San Diego and Microsoft Research have created a plug-and-play hardware prototype for personal computers that induces a new energy saving state known as "sleep talking." Normally PCs can be in either awake mode"”where they consume power even if they are not being used, or in a low power sleep...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'