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Sixty-six young women took part in the study of arachnophobia and sleep, which focused on sleep’s role in reducing fear of spiders. The goal was to see how “fear extinction” is affected by sleep, wakefulness, and time of day. Fear extinction is an active process of building a new emotional memory; in this case, a memory of spiders not associated with danger or harm.
Before treatment, some of these participants wouldn't walk on grass for fear of spiders or would stay out of their home or dorm room for days if they thought a spider was present,' said lead author Katherina Hauner, whose paper is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.'But after a two or three-hour treatment, they were able to walk right up and touch or hold a tarantula. And they could still touch it after six months. They were thrilled by what they accomplished.
On Space Day, which was officially declared by California Gov. Jerry Brown, the NASA news conference started not with an update on the Mars rover, but footage of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury reciting his poem, “If only we had taller been.”On what today would have been Bradbury’s 92nd birthday, said Michael Meyer, NASA’s lead scientists for the Mars Exploration Program, “In his honor, we declared the place that Curiosity touched down to be forever known as Bradbury Landing.” Meyer’s announcement was followed by applause for Bradbury, as requested by Pete Theisinger, Curiosity’s project manager.
"When I realised that a snake had bit me, I went home to get a torch and saw that it was a cobra. So I bit it to death," he told BBC Nepali's Bikram Niraula in Biratnagar.