Suchi Reddy’s Interactive “me + you” Sculpture Inside the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building

The artist and architect's illuminating ode to hopes and dreams acts as the centerpiece of the profound FUTURES exhibition

A spectacular display of art and technology, artist and architect Suchi Reddy‘s “me + you” sculpture bursts with light, color and collective emotion in the central rotunda of the Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building. The architecturally significant museum—which opened on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 1881—closed in 2004. It now reopens with an awe-inspiring exhibition called FUTURES, where Reddy’s work plays a pivotal …

This Glove-Like Device Encourages Lucid Dreaming

Though still in development trials, the new “Dormio” device invented by MIT researchers shows potential for aiding lucid dreaming—or more specifically, hypnagogic microdreams. Using the “steel ball technique” (popularized a century ago and used by Salvador Dalí and Thomas Edison) as a starting point, the team built a biometric glove-like device that identifies the onset of sleep, and subsequently attempts influencing oncoming dreams based on …

The Benefits of Bad Dreams

True nightmares can feel frighteningly real and, according to researchers, that’s a good thing. A new theory suggests that bad dreams work as a type of emotional release, turning pent-up anxieties into a past memory and making you feel as if you’ve already lived through whatever’s been bothering you. And since humans deal with bad memories better than ongoing fears, we’re able to put it …