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Sharing dreams

Brain imaging may make it possible to some day see what others are seeing, U.S. researchers reported this week. Such an imager would make it possible to decode brain signals and track attention. It may even be possible to "see" someone else's dream, said the team from University of California, Berkeley. "Our results suggest that it may soon be possible to reconstruct a picture of a person's visual experience from measurements of brain activity alone," Jack Gallant and colleagues wrote in their report, which is published in the journal Nature.

Source: Reuters

Whatever you say

The spouse who is more satisfied with the relationship in a marriage is more likely to give in to the demands of his or her partner, regardless of their respective economic or educational backgrounds, according to new research published this week by Ariel University Center of Samaria. Ya'arit Bokek-Cohen examined the decision-making process of 192 Israeli couples from varied religious and socioeconomic backgrounds who were planning their annual vacations. She found that it was mostly men who reported being satisfied with their marriages and giving in to their wives on key decisions.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Abominable polluters

Are you a Carbon Yeti? The City of Bellevue [Wash.]is asking residents that question as part of a new campaign to help people curb their carbon emissions. Utilities staff have created a display featuring a cheerful cartoon yeti (Bigfoot's Himalayan cousin) demonstrating 15 ways you can generate less of the carbon associated with climate change.

Source: U.S. Fed News

Hello, I must be going

"The set of behaviours exhibited by an exiting colleague are cohesive and predictable," Christine Filip writes in the New Jersey Law Journal. "For the past 20 years I have observed them in dozens of law firms." She notes:

They answer the phone. Does this need an explanation?

A lawyer starts having conversations with colleagues behind closed doors, sometimes with people from other practice areas or older colleagues to discuss an offer.

They kiss and tell. When lawyers have what they believe is the opportunity of a lifetime to acquire a shiny new job, they almost always share this with others.

Clothing improves. Lawyers dress consistently more nattily when they are interviewing.

A lawyer becomes more social, going to lunches and dinners. Eating is interviewing.

Hygiene hints

Some tips to avoid germs at home:

Clean sponges and cloths. Germs can't live long on clean, dry surfaces, but they thrive on wet ones. Regularly wash cloths in hot water and sterilize sponges by wetting them down and microwaving them for about two minutes (but never nuke a dry or metallic sponge, and be careful not to burn yourself).

Keep your toothbrush clean. Soak brushes overnight in a mouthwash that contains alcohol. Replace brushes every three months or after you've been ill.

Use covered trash cans. Bins with lids help cut down on bugs in your home, which can carry many types of germs.

Keep pets on the floor.

Source: (Va.) Daily Press

New business careers?

"Thought leader." A new DVD seminar from the research firm Research and Markets is titled How to Establish Yourself as a Human Resources Thought Leader with Your Management Team, Industry and Other Professionals.

"Reputation strategist." Companies' reputations are not always destroyed outright, but are often gradually eroded by a ripple effect, writes Leslie Gaines-Ross, chief reputation strategist for PR firm Weber Shandwick. "To paraphrase a BP employee, even the loudest shout turns into a whisper when it reaches the CEO's office."

Sources: M2 Presswire,

PRWeek US

Be the hit of the party

Two U.S. fashion designers have unveiled couture collections made entirely out of balloons. Katie Laibstain of Richmond, Va., 23, and Steven Jones, 39, create outfits from bikinis to party dresses out of nothing but balloons twisted together. Even though each dress can be worn only once, the designers have sold some of their more elaborate ones for as much as $2,000. Clothes can consist of as many as 300 balloons. "Balloon clothes ... are the finest couture available," Ms. Laibstain said. "They may not always be easy to get into, but there are so many creative ways to take them off - pop, pop, pop!"

Source: Ananova news

Lindy - or Crusoe?

The obstacles facing a trip to Mars by humans are daunting, Nancy Atkinson writes in Universetoday.com, but a former NASA engineer has a proposal he feels would make such a mission simpler and doable: make it a one-way voyage by one person. Jim McLane admits this would be extraordinarily risky, but sees no trouble recruiting a person with the Lindbergh spirit. "That will be the easiest part of this whole program," he said. Every 26 months, when orbital mechanics permit, Earth could send one or two more people to join the pioneer. "This person wouldn't be there by himself for very long. It's just returning home that would be impossible."

Thought du jour

"Fie on clients who cannot leave copy alone and fie on copywriters who can."

- Harry Pesin in Sayings to Run an Advertising Agency By (1966)

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