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H.P. Lovecraft's Cosmic Cybperpunk Dreamlands

 H.P. Lovecraft's Cosmic Cybperpunk Dreamlands

It's Halloween season, so in addition to trying out a new creepy read ("House of Leaves"), I'm also enjoying an old favorite: H.P Lovecraft's "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath." It's the tale of dreamer Randolph Carter's epic journey across the world of dreams, full of ghouls, gugs, zoogs, night gaunts, unspeakable monster gods and of course house cats. It's one of my favorite Lovecraft tales, so I've read it a couple of times before -- but like all great works of fiction, it speaks to you a little differently each time. So in 2012, I eased into the text with a head full of Stuff to Blow Your Mind science fodder. See more »

 Blow Your Mind: Can my nightmares kill me?

We've all experienced frightening or horrifying dreams, but can our nightmares really scare us to death? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the CDC's investigation of 18 sleep deaths in the 1980s -- deaths that inspired horror director Wes Craven to create his "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise. We'll discuss the condition known as Brugada syndrome and discover how it can cause an otherwise healthy adult to die in their sleep. See more »

 Blow Your Mind: The Extreme Sleep of Parasomnias

Most of us take a good night's sleep for granted, but there's a whole world of bizarre sleep out there that only parasomniacs who scoff at your occasional complaints about "work dreams" and nightmares. Yes, we're talking about the world of sleep walking, sleep eating, sleep paralysis, sleep violence, sexsomnia and snoregasms. See more »

Real Events Inspired 'Nightmare on Elm Street'

 Real Events Inspired 'Nightmare on Elm Street'

Robert blogs about the science of Freddy. See more »

C.H.U.D. Slumber: Subterranean Sleep Cycles

 C.H.U.D. Slumber: Subterranean Sleep Cycles

We've all watched enough sci-fi and horror films to know how life underground goes. Your skin and hair turn pale, you go blind and before long you're probably prowling around naked for the great taste of human flesh. Ah, but what is sleep like for these strange creatures of the underdark? As reported today in Current Biology, the Mexican Blind Cave Fish (Astyanax mexicanus) offers some excellent insight into the question. See more »

 Blow Your Mind: Animal Junkies and Dream Inception

Look, wallabies are munching down Tasmanian opium crops and lemurs are giving themselves a millipede rubdown. And if that's not weird enough for you, just think about the fact that your sleeping brain does far more than make you show up late for college exams naked. This is how we aim to please you on the latest two episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. See more »

Earth's Magnetic Field Of Weird Dreams

 Earth's Magnetic Field Of Weird Dreams

You've probably noticed by now that sometimes your dreams are very day-to-day and other times they're far more bizarre. One night you might dream you're at work or that you forgot to drop a college course and the next you're hanging out with the squid emperors of Xakatu 7 and chatting about the finer points of all-cowboy jazz quartets. What determines the weirdness of our dreams? One psychologist believes the planet's magnetic field may play a crucial role. See more »