Scientists ‘read’ dreams
Scientists said yesterday they have found a way to “read” people’s dreams, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to unlock some of the secrets of the unconscious mind. Researchers have managed what they said was “the world’s first decoding” of nighttime visions.In the study, published in the journal Science, scientists at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto used MRI scans to locate exactly which part of the brain was active during the first moments of sleep. They then woke up the dreamer and asked him or her what images they had seen. These answers were compared with the brain maps that had been produced. Researchers were then able to predict what images the volunteers had seen with a 60 percent accuracy rate, they said.
Fugitive returned to Seoul
A woman wanted in her home country for running a US-based prostitution ring has been arrested in California and handed back to authorities in Seoul, officials said on Thursday. Eun Suk-sun, 37, the subject of a warrant issued in May 2011, was flown from Los Angeles to Seoul under escort by officers from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. She is accused of operating a prostitution business in Los Angeles.
PM assets probe halted
A commission said it would stop investigating asset concealment allegations against the prime minister after finding no grounds to the claims. National Anti-Corruption Commission chief Klanarong Chanthick said on Thursday that the commissioners agreed unanimously that there were no irregularities in Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s asset declaration.
S&M brothel auctions ‘stuff’
Shackles, whips, chains and even a stretching rack will go on sale next week, with the reputable auction house Lawsons charged with selling off the contents of a closed Australian brothel. About 250 items of furniture, clothing and books and accessories from Salon Kitty go on sale on Friday, after the Sydney establishment closed its doors last month after dominating the city’s bondage scene for 27 years. Lawsons’ Shauna Farren-Price said her first instinct on being approached about the sale — which includes unusual items such as a fat suit and genital weights — was that it might be a bit too racy. “My second reaction was ‘why not?’ It’s a reflection of the human psyche. At the end of the day, it’s just stuff. It’s really hard to determine whether people are going to put their money where their mouth is, but there’s certainly something for everyone,” she said.
Stranger admits to killing
A stranger has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of an Irish immigrant he attacked as she walked home from a bar in Melbourne. The death of Jill Meagher shocked the city. A week after she died in September, 30,000 people rallied against violence near the laneway where she was strangled. The 29-year-old had been drinking with colleagues and was walking home when she was attacked. She was born in Drogheda, Ireland, and held an administrative job at the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, pleaded guilty to rape and murder in a Victoria state court yesterday. Bayley lived near inner-suburban Brunswick, where he randomly abducted Meagher only a few hundred meters from the apartment she shared with her husband.