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The Brain’s Hot Zone and What It Means to Your Dreams

“Nothing happens unless first we dream,” Carl Sandburg is quoted as saying.  Dreaming and why we dream is one of science’s great unanswered questions. It’s also a source of fascination for most of us. We wonder endlessly about what our dreams mean, and it often has us questioning who we are and our very purpose.

A new study has recently found the dream center of the brain, known as the “hot zone,” that offers a better understanding of how and when we dream.  Why we dream and what dreams mean can be discovered by writing them down in a classroom notebook, many experts have suggested, and it may even help some of them come true.

dream center What exactly happens in the brain during the four to six times per night that we all dream has been a mystery until now. The University of Wisconsin School of Public Health conducted a study that has found a “hot zone” in the back of the brain. This discovery gives a better understanding of how and when we dream, which areas of the brain are involved, and what that contributes to the content of your dreams.

The neuroscientists found that dreams and dreamless sleep occur in both Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep when brain activity is slower.

The study also found that when dreams contained speech or movement or other activities, those brain regions were activated, similar to when someone is awake. Participants in the study were also given EEGs while they slept.

presence of dreaming Based on the EEG readings, whether the sleepers would report a dream or not when they awakened, researchers were able to predict the presence of dreaming 92 percent of the time and the absence of dreaming 81 percent of the time. Not only does the research give us a better understanding of how and when we dream, it could lead to ways of inducing sleep and even altering dreams, for those who struggle with nightmares and insomnia.

Even with this scientific advancement, remembering dreams and understanding how they came to be is best solved by writing them down as soon as you wake up. Writing down your dreams gives you the opportunity to reflect on your feelings and do a little soul-searching to try to figure out why you are having a certain type of dream.

Many psychologists believe that writing about your dreams can help you become happier and help identify what is really important to you. It’s easy to do and simply requires a bound notebook and a pen that you leave next to your bed. You have to make it a habit.  Think of it as your own science experiment.

Call Scientific Notebook Company today at 800-537-3028 and let us help you find the best way to record your data so you can be on your way to making your own discovery.

The White House’s Support for Women in STEM

Some of the greatest scientists of our time have been women. These women had to fight their way to get the recognition they deserved, largely in part because the scientific community was viewed as being dominated by men. In light of this obstacle, many women still managed to stand out and demonstrate to their peers and the world that women could be remarkable.

One of the most notable woman scientists was Marie Curie. She helped develop and create the concepts relating to radioactivity and discovered two radioactive substances: polonium and radium. Due to her unrelenting work in this area of science, Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize not once, but twice. The first time was in 1903, in physics, and the second time was in 1913, in chemistry.

Education in STEM

To further encourage women to enter into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, President Obama created the Educate to Innovate initiative in November 2009. This initiative was launched in order to enable students of both sexes to have access to education in STEM courses. One of the long-term goals of this movement is to help pave the wave for our future scientists to become recognized for their achievements and make them the leading experts in their respective fields.

Over the past seven years, the Obama Administration has continued to encourage young people, including females, to take advantage of available STEM programs in their public school systems. In addition, his administration has continued to expand their efforts to ensure more students have access to the latest technologies and skilled teachers by bringing STEM-related education to more schools across the country.

Did you know President Obama was the first president in history to learn how to write computer code, which he wrote in 2014? In January of this year, he launched a new initiative called “Computer Science for All.” Under this new program, the federal government is investing over $4 billion in states and $100 million in school districts to help them expand computer science programs at the K-12 school levels.

Even though his presidency is coming to an end, President Obama is still responsible for developing the federal budget for 2017. The president has plans to continue to provide funding for various STEM-related initiatives, including the Computer Science for All program, as part of the 2017 budget proposal.

Women in STEM

For young women and ladies considering a career in a STEM-related field, aside from the ability to help shape the future of science, technology, engineering, and math, they also have the opportunity to change people’s perceptions about women in these fields. Not to mention, women in STEM fields tend to not experience the wage gap between males and females common in other non-STEM fields.

To help encourage and get your daughter interested in STEM, we invite you to provide her with official engineering and laboratory notebooks from Scientific Notebook Company. Please feel to call us at 800.537.3028 for further assistance.



Studying Tips for Engineering Students

Being a successful engineering student starts by forming proper studying habits. There is a higher learning expectation at the university level, compared to what you were used to in high school. Engineering students often find they must spend more time studying in order to successfully pass their engineering classes and complete course work on time. Part of successful studying is ensuring you have the right materials and supplies before you even set foot inside a classroom, such as pens, pencils, calculators, and engineering notebooks. A materials and supplies list can be obtained either from your college’s academic office or your academic advisor.

General Engineering Studying Tips

  • Never Miss Class: Missing a class could put you far behind your peers. If you have to miss due to illness, make sure to ask a fellow classmate for notes, and make an appointment with the instructor or their teaching assistant to cover any questions you might have about the material.
  • Get to Know Your Instructors: Take the time to learn your instructors’ office hours, whether they have teaching assistants, and the teaching assistants’ office hours. Developing relationships with your instructors not only makes it easier for you to approach them whenever you require help, but also gives you suitable references to use later on when you apply for internships and jobs.
  • Participate in Study Groups: Everyone has their own methods for problem solving. Being part of a study group greatly helps expand your problem-solving skills, especially in situations where you are stuck on a problem or not entirely sure whether you are approaching the problem correctly. In addition, it allows you to develop relationships with your classmates should you miss class and need class notes or help catching up on assignments.
  • Take Notes: Notes should be taken during class lectures and problem demonstrations, as well as while you are completing reading assignments. It is better to use engineering notebooks and hand write notes rather than rely upon laptop computers or tablet devices. However, it is beneficial to use the microphone in these devices and record lectures for review later.
  • Review Materials Several Times: Review reading assignments, notes, and other materials more than once. Preview the assigned reading before reading through the chapter, and then read the entire chapter before the next class. Remember, as you are reading, to take notes on important concepts and topics you can utilize in class to help answer questions.
  • Avoid Working: If at all possible, avoid working if you have a full class load. Your engineering courses are going to take more time out of your schedule to study and complete assignments. If you do have to work, try to limit your work schedule to no more than fifteen hours per week, or, if you must work full time, take no more than one engineering course and one general education course per semester.

By following these engineering studying tips, you are on your way to developing prospering studying techniques and successfully passing your engineering courses. You can obtain professional engineering notebooks and student notebooks directly from Scientific Notebook Company by calling 800-537-3028.

Engineering Notebook

Bound Notebooks for an Engineer’s Personal Record

An aspiring engineer uses a book to record ideas, quick sketches, and detailed drawings for future projects. These bound notebooks are lightweight and easy to carry on field trips.  The book should lie flat to allow for ease of access to a full page to complete a sketch of a new idea.

The sketchbook is sewn in sections for a firm binding of the pages, to keep them intact for years. Many engineers and inventors keep all of their sketches for reference as they put their ideas into action. Plain white pages are made from acid-free material for long-lasting archival quality. Idea sketches and plans for how an idea might work should be recorded with an archival pen.

A professional quality notebook offers plenty of space for a student to draw out an idea or invention, as well as the steps taken to bring the idea to life.

A set of notebooks can be numbered and have the year as a reference point for the artist to keep track of work over a period of time. The number is embossed on the spine of the book so that it is easily read when stored on a shelf. The hard cover of the book protects the series of pages. A school name can be

embossed on the cover for the students who enroll in art classes. A bound notebook is a compact carryall for an entire series of ideas, research, and trial runs for new inventions and products.

What Materials Should Be Allowed in a Cleanroom?

Cleanrooms call for the highest standards of sanitation, and there are certain items that should be allowed in the room, and others that should never be present in the field to prevent contamination. Cleanroom notebooks, proper apparel, and approved pens are a few of the items that are allowed, but what are the other rules about what can enter the sterile field?

Items that are Typically Banned

In almost every case, food, drink, chewing gum, and mints are not allowed. Jewelry, watches, and other personal accessories are not permitted, as outside contaminants can travel on these items. Makeups and perfumes are also banned, as these can also introduce contaminants into the field.

What Should Be Used?

Gloves are to be worn at all times, as fingerprints can interfere with results. Protective hair coverings are usually required, to prevent hair and dandruff from entering the field. Street clothes must be covered by the appropriate gowns, and shoe coverings are almost always required. Cleanroom notebooks and approved pens are also permitted in the room.

Cleaning Materials

Although the cleanroom must be cleaned thoroughly and regularly, only approved materials must be used. Mops, disinfectants, cleanroom wipes, and vacuum cleaners are permitted so long as they meet industry cleanroom standards. Paper towels and cloth towels may be used for cleaning—in some cases—but are not permitted for the drying of hands.

Cleanrooms have strict rules for which items are allowed and which items are not permitted in the space. Cleaning regulations are also closely monitored to ensure that the results of any study are not impacted, and that any dangerous materials being used will not compromise the health and safety of those inside the space or the surrounding area.

Archival Inks Assure Long-lasting Clean Room Records

Recordkeeping is necessary in the meticulously controlled environment of a cleanroom. Specialized notebooks are used to keep detailed notes and daily data records in the dust and fiber free work room. Archival pens must be utilized to record information on the latex impregnated paper.

An archival pen is filled with an ink product that will last for generations. Archival ink is a high quality, permanent substance that will not bleed, run, or fan out into the surface of the paper that is being used. Pigment ink invented by Sakura is reliable and less susceptible to UV rays. It is fade resistant and waterproof. The black and colored inks are resistant to chemicals.

Pigma micron pens are most compatible with clean room notebooks for scientific records. The steel sleeve protects the fine line points of the pen. Six fine line point sizes allow the user to choose the size of the script desired for recording vital data. Bullet and chisel points are available for use in journaling, labeling materials, and log book documentation.

Pigment ink is colorfast and it will not smear on the paper. It is one of the most secure ink products to ensure that records cannot be compromised. The nontoxic ink is nonabrasive. The slim pens are easy to hold while writing. The tips or nibs of the archival pens will not cause indentations or damage to the surface of the paper. The lightfast ink is used by scientists, archivists, curators, historians, and artists who trust its longevity.