Micah Terpstra

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Study: Left alone with their thoughts, people choose electric shock

"The mind is its own place, and in it self / Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n," John Milton wrote in "Paradise Lost." It seems the English poet was at least half right.<p>In a new study, people who were asked to spend a few minutes alone with their thoughts disliked it so much that they …

'Cool' kids in middle school struggle in their 20s, study finds

The meek kids from middle school shall inherit the earth. Or at least they'll live healthier and more productive lives than their "cooler" peers once they enter adulthood.<p>Researchers studying 13-year-olds found that those who engaged in "pseudomature" behavior -- such as minor shoplifting and …

Driverless Cars: Optional by 2024, Mandatory by 2044

<b>Sixty years ago this month, Isaac Asimov</b> published a short story about a self-driving “automatobile” called Sally who had not only judgment but …

Scientists find switch for people to control their dreams

Have you ever had a dream where you realized you were dreaming? The technical term is a lucid dream. And people who are lucky enough to have them can often control the dreams, as well. This week, researchers showed for the first time that they could use electrical stimulation to switch lucid …

Nightmares? control your dreams... with electric current

Researchers in Germany develop a way of enabling sleepers to control their dreams by applying electric current to the brain<p>Sweet dreams are made of this – electric currents pumped directly into your brain, claim scientists.<p>Researchers in Germany have developed a way of enabling sleepers to control …