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The Mysterious Science Behind Your Wildest Dreams

Even as scientists learn more and more about dreams, we’re still just scratching the surface.

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Dreaming is a universal human experience. And yet, so much about this sleep phenomenon remains a mystery to us—including why we dream in the first place. Read on to learn about new scientific breakthroughs involving dreaming and how our dreams are impacted by the world around us.

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Can a Musical Reminder Banish Bad Dreams?

Brian Handwerk
Smithsonian Magazine

Maybe you’re inside your house, or walking through the park down the street. The scene around you is vividly real, yet altered in ways that are making you feel uneasy. Family and friends appear, but conversations produce a sense of anxiety or even dread.