Science In The Extremes S3 • E8

These Sleep Engineers Could Help You Hack Your Dreams





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Published on Feb 4, 2019

A group at MIT’s Media Lab known as the “Dream Team” thinks you can harness your unconscious mind with tech you can wear to bed.

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