People typically start REM sleep about 90 minutes after falling asleep, and in some ways, a body entering REM sleep appears to be waking up; you start breathing faster and more irregularly, your heart rate increases and your blood pressure rises. It might sound like the body is getting ready to move, but humans have evolved a clever mechanism to protect dreamers from themselves. … [Read more...] about Can you ‘turn off’ a nightmare?
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In addition to all this, both Porsche Macan models include an Auto Start Stop function that shuts off the engine if the Macan brakes to a speed of 1.2 mph or lower. This is noticeable and makes the Macan feel almost Prius-like when you halt at a stop sign and hear the car power down... and then silence. The Macan also uses electro-mechanical power steering so that “the electric motor is only supplied with energy if steering takes place,” Porsche explains. This adds to the car's efficiency, but at an average fuel economy rating of 19 mpg, you know that giant engine is quite a beast that needs to be fed. … [Read more...] about A day in the new Porsche Macan, an SUV that wants to race
Both companies have reach in areas the other does not; Microsoft says that there are some 145 million monthly active Cortana users on Windows 10 PCs, while Amazon has found success selling its Echo speakers into living rooms and bedrooms. With this partnership you'll be able to take advantage of Alexa's easy online shopping from your PC or Cortana's stronger calendar integration on your sofa. … [Read more...] about Cortana and Alexa are coming together in surprising Microsoft-Amazon partnership
Developer Laura Michet (Frog Fractions 2) and her Itch.io page will host the Epistle 3 Game Jam from now through the end of October. The premise is simple: "Marc Laidlaw has released a genderswapped Half Life 3 plot synopsis on his blog," Michet writes. "Some say the dream is dead. WE SAY... THE OPPOSITE. Half Life 3 is finally free, where it belongs: out in the world, with us. Half Life 3 belongs to the people. LET'S MAKE IT." There are no restrictions for submissions, only a requirement to use Laidlaw's plot in whole or in part. So, smarties, get to it. Former Valve scribe Laidlaw already did half the work for you by releasing a thinly veiled, "fanfic" plot synopsis for the game last week. Need more inspiration? Check out the recent partial release of the Half Life 2: Aftermath mod, which includes 11 leaked "gameplay experiment" levels purportedly created by Valve in 2012 and 2013 (not to be confused with an earlier leaked multiplayer mod). … [Read more...] about Why don’t you make your own
Colony collapse disorder has been decimating bees for several years, but explanations have been hard to come by. After some spurious claims about cell phones causing the problem, researchers began identifying factors that did create problems for the health of bees, including infections, insecticides, and agricultural practices. The problem is that all of these seemed connected to colony collapse, which suggested the cause was likely to be complex. … [Read more...] about An insecticide-infection connection in bee colony collapses