The Daily brief: July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011, 7:51 p.m.

Fragment Sleep, Memory Follows | Keep this in mind next time you try to pull an all nighter before a test: a Stanford study found that fragmented, or interrupted, sleep can lead to memory troubles. To simulate the effect of interrupted sleep, the researchers sent pulses of light into the brains of mice, then watch them interact with familiar and new objects the next morning. The mice couldn’t tell the difference between the two objects.

Engineering Innovation | The National Science Foundation has awarded $10 million to the University for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering. The center begins operation this fall — read more about it at here the NSF site.

Overheard | “Ahmadinejad seems to have believed his own hype that he actually won the last election. Based on that mandate, he decided to challenge Khamenei.”– Abbas Milani, in an extended interview with the Stanford Report.

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