February 20, 2013

Can Pistorius Use the 'Disorientation' Defense?

Brian Palmer, Slate

AP Photo

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius claims he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder after waking during the night. He shot her to death through a bathroom door. It wasn’t until after the lethal shots were fired, says Pistorius, that he realized Reeva Steenkamp was not in bed. It will be up to the court to determine whether Pistorius’ story is true. But in general, why are people confused when they first wake up?

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October 18, 2013
Sleep Serves as a Brain Waste Removal System
James Gallagher, BBC
The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown. The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep. more ››
October 15, 2013
Irregular Bedtimes Linked to Behavioral Problems
Univ. College London
Researchers from UCL have found that children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to have behavioural difficulties. The study, which is published in the journal Pediatrics, found that irregular bedtimes could disrupt natural... more ››