Japanese scientists can read dreams in breakthrough with MRI scans

Scientists in Japan say they can use MRI scanners to unlock some of the secrets of the unconscious mind.

Forget Freud and psychotherapy. You want to read dreams, get an MRI and a pattern recognition program for your computer. Researchers have managed what they said was "the world's first decoding" of nighttime visions.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 9:55am

Dreamers choose 'meng' as their word of the year

The Chinese character meng, meaning dream, has been named "character of the year" on the mainland, putting poll organisers and much of the public on a collision course over how the word should be interpreted.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:37am

Slumbers never cease with these nap apps

In fast-paced Hong Kong, there's one thing that most of us want more of: sleep.

'Many people doze off on their way to work; I know they don't have enough sleep,' says Dr Chung Kai-fai, of the Hong Kong Society of Sleep Medicine, adding that 'enough' ranges from six to 10 hours a night, depending on the person.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Follow your dreams

Do you know what you want to be? To truly live, is to follow your heart, to realise that you can achieve your dreams.

You have your dream, and you want to live it. Well, to get there, you need to take a few steps along the way. Nobody ever accomplishes their dream by just wishing. You have to work at it a little bit at a time.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


I believe everyone has a dream. In my 17 years, I have dreamt many things. Some of them turned into reality, but some are still thoughts.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The stage for your dreams to come true

If you dream of being on stage and are below the age of 25, this is your last chance to sign up for 'The Stage of Dreams' and show off your musical talents. Download an application form at www.summermusic.hk/yp/stage and follow the instructions to submit your entry.

The competition deadline is July 25.

21 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Put your dreams first

Everyone has a dream - perhaps to be a successful athlete or an artist. No matter what it is, if you want to achieve it, you have to make sacrifices.

31 Dec 2009 - 12:00am


Go to the Young Post website choose 'Listening' from the menu and find the sound clips for this week's exercise. Each relates to a question below


Question 1

Where were the six people in their dreams? Write the person's name under the correct picture.

(Jenny / Peter / Molly / Denis / Helen / John)

Question 2

4 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

'You know rock stars always get into trouble. Even I get into trouble all the time, so what can you do? If he couldn't make it, I was going to dress up like Boy George and ... be the DJ.'

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Starbook - A Magical Tale of Love and Regeneration

Starbook - A Magical Tale of Love and Regeneration

by Ben Okri

Rider, HK$187

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Set your goal and work towards it step by step

Everybody has dreams, but dreams don't always come true. This is because people don't work hard enough, or their goals are set too high. The first case requires extra effort, and the second depends on our potential.

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Fight for your rights

DEMONSTRATORS chant slogans outside the Legislative Council building in Central under the scorching sun.

Groups of protesters are showing their opposition to the merging of the KCRC and MTR Corporation. At the same time, a much younger crowd is shouting slogans about children's rights.

The students, carrying pink placards, submit their petition to the legislators.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Life in a world of shattered dreams

Did you dream last night? Can you remember what your dream was about?

Perhaps you did dream, but you can't remember what happened in your dream. But perhaps a dreamhunter caught your dream and took it to the Rainbow Opera. If a dreamhunter steals your dream, it no longer belongs to you. And that is why you can't remember it.

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Do animals dream?

According to electroencephalograph recordings of sleep states in animals, it is possible to believe that some animals dream.

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the 'dreaming sleep', has been reported in most studied mammals, for example, rats, cats, monkeys, elephants and birds.

9 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Ask mr Brain...all will be explained

Since being short-sighted is an evolutionary disadvantage, why haven't people evolved to have perfect eyesight? Hundreds of thousands of years ago, when people were mostly hunter-gatherers it would have been a definite disadvantage not to be able to see that angry woolly mammoth stomping towards you.

24 May 1999 - 12:00am