We spend a third of our days asleep, and a good portion of the rest of them talking about it. We had a good night's sleep, a bad night's sleep, we stayed up too late, got up too early, now we're exhausted, last night we wrote a perfectly coherent essay in our sleep... well, maybe not. But Dr. John D. Quackenbos did, or so says a Popular Science article from 1919.
There are plenty of pillows out there designed to properly cradle the weary noggins of back sleepers or side sleepers or front sleepers. Today, I saw one that does both. The intelliPillow is a self-adjusting pillow that senses which position your body is in and then inflates or deflates itself according to your preferences. The prototype, brought to us by Innvo Labs (the same people who made the Pleo, the robot dinosaur) made its first public appearance today.
Scientists at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks have successfully caused a group of arctic ground squirrels, naturally hibernating animals, to wake from and then go back into hibernation. It's the first time anyone has ever managed to induce hibernation, and it could have some pretty amazing medical benefits for humans as well.