Sunday, May 22, 2022

Azovstal and Mariupol fell to the Russian Army.

According to information from Moscow, the Azovstal steelworks in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol are now under Russian control after weeks of bloodshed. The Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said Friday night in Moscow that all of the fighters had surrendered. Since May 16, Russia has taken  2,439 Ukrainian soldiers. The plant was the last uncontrolled piece of the strategically important city in south-eastern Ukraine.

 This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian Defense Ministry. (Date: 05/18/2022)- AP/dpa


According to Konashenkov, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu personally informed President Vladimir Putin of the "complete liberation of the plant and the city of Mariupol." Russian soldiers have now completed their deployment. The Ukrainian side initially refused to confirm the news.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy blamed the West for the Ukrainians' withdrawal from the plant in a television interview taped before the Russians announced the capture. in a television interview taped before the Russians announced the capture. He has repeatedly urged Western leaders to provide his country with "appropriate weapons" so that "we can reach Mariupol and liberate these people.

Russian forces now control the entire coast of the Sea of Azov, thanks to Mariupol. This would allow Russia to recognize the separatist republics of Luhansk and Donzek. With Mariupol you have access to the world's oceans. They can now export their goods without relying on Russian land routes, using the Azov Sea's well-developed largest port and the relatively inexpensive waterway.

This changes the situation. The fall of these two cities indicates the Russians are advancing. 

Instead of blaming the West for this situation, the Ukrainian president should search his soul and ponder over the situation and make a decision to stop further damage to the state. 


Saturday, May 21, 2022

New causes of heart disease and diabetes in men have been discovered.

 Heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes are all on the rise among middle-aged men who suffer from severe anxiety and depression.

This was revealed in a new medical study conducted in the United States.

According to research from the Boston University School of Medicine, anxiety in men is linked to a biological process that raises the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (like diabetes, high blood pressure, bloating, etc.). This can happen in childhood or adolescence.

To determine this, researchers examined data from participants in a long-term study of the aging process in men.

The new study examined 1,561 men without heart disease or cancer who were an average of 53 years old in 1975. Their anxiety levels and mental health were also assessed.

Mental anguish and anxiety sufferers frequently experience heightened fear, anxiety, sadness, and anger, which can lead to a loss of control over daily activities, according to researchers.

In addition, their 2015 follow-up data examined risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood fat levels, obesity, an empty stomach, blood sugar levels, and inflammation.

The results revealed that people with anxiety and depression had an increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Researchers found that the risk increases for men between the ages of 30 and 80.

The findings were published in the American Heart Association's medical journal.


Does drinking water really help you lose weight?

 Exercise and a strict diet are the two most common ways to lose weight. It turns out, however, that drinking water is a more straightforward method for shedding extra pounds. Does hydration actually aid in weight regulation?

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Water is an essential component of the human body. Depending on age, sex, and health condition, its proportion can range from less than 50 percent in the elderly or obese to as high as 80 percent in newborns. Typically, men have more of it than women, and physically active individuals have more than inactive individuals.

Based on the research that was done, it was possible to figure out that the water:

  • supports the regulation of body temperature.
  • guarantees the proper course of metabolic processes.
  • It is a key component of muscles and internal organs.
  • It supports the digestion of food.

Despite this knowledge, many individuals struggle daily with dehydration. It is important to remember that even slight dehydration (at the level of 2%) causes a decline in physical performance and a decline in well-being.

The human body can't store water, so it needs a constant supply of water. Drinking water not only helps you avoid dehydration, it may also aid in weight management.

 How does drinking water aid weight loss?

Water contains zero calories.

If we consume more calories than we expend, we will gain weight. The mechanism also functions in reverse.

Most people don't realize how much energy they give their bodies every day through fluids like:

  • sweetened coffee and tea.
  • sweet drinks,
  • fruit juices,
  • alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.

The greatest benefit of water is that it contains no energy. While it does contain micronutrients, it does not contain any calories. You can significantly reduce your intake of empty calories by substituting bottled beverages with clean spring, table, or even filtered tap water.

Water reduces the appetite.

Water consumption affects the satiety center. Fluid satisfies the stomach, causing it to feel full. When you drink more water, you eat less and consume smaller portions.

By supplementing the meal with water, the food portion appears larger than it actually is. However, this does not affect its energy density. According to the studies, manipulating the water supply may be one of the nutritional strategies that will prove effective in the treatment of a variety of eating disorders.

Drinking water and slimming: what does the research say?

Numerous studies have examined the correlation between water intake and weight loss. It is important to emphasize the most impressive outcomes.

All studies agree that drinking more water helps you lose weight more when you also cut back on calories or do more physical activities.
Interestingly, drinking one glass of water less than the daily requirement is sufficient to slow the metabolism by 2 to 3 percent.









The Evolution of Ryzen CPUs

 AMD has made a clear leap forward in terms of performance per Watt, already evident in the transition from Excavator architecture to Zen. With the subsequent evolutions of the Ryzen processors, AMD has offered not only greater performance but also a level of consumption that has remained virtually unchanged. I ask Robert Hallock what has changed internally in AMD, at the development team level, to be able to achieve such an efficiency leap forward. AMD is currently the only company that offers high-end processors and video cards on the consumer market. In the past among professional positions at AMD there has been a lot of work related to the world of video cards.



Making predictions on the market success or otherwise of Intel ARC proposals means trying to predict an unclear future, but difficult not to share Hallock's reflection. Building video cards is extremely complex and expensive work, for which AMD and NVIDIA can boast an experience that Intel does not currently boast. What technology would you most like to have available in 5 years' time - a smartphone with a folding screen that can be compact and at the same time provide a large display in order to increase productivity? AMD's answer is not obvious, but it is the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X card, which first saw the adoption of High Bandwidth Memory. Products of this type, if and when they are available, will not take the place of a traditional PC in terms of flexibility and processing power but will represent an even more complete work and entertainment tool than they are now.

Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processors.

 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 are two new mobile platforms that aim to further raise the bar at the premium end of the market, as Qualcomm continues to accelerate. The San Diego house typically releases an improved and slightly revised version of its best SoCs in the middle of the year, and it did so again in this round.



In contrast, Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 aims to provide excellent features even at the medium-high end of the market; in other words, the "old" generation SD7xx, which has been renamed and ostensibly boosted in performance. Let's examine them in depth, as both will hit the market as early as this quarter's conclusion, which means they will soon be available to buyers alongside unpublished new arrivals.

With so much power, the focus inevitably shifts to gaming, to the point where we speak of the integrated Snapdragon Elite Gaming suite of features. The GPU is the same Adreno 730 as the "original" model, but with a few additional tricks that boost performance by approximately 10% while reducing power consumption by 30%. Identical percentage gains are noted for the CPU, despite its slightly higher operating frequency (3.2 GHz versus 3.0 GHz for the base model).

This could be one of the most intriguing aspects of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 compared to its predecessor, as a reduction of one-third in power consumption is not a joke. For the most part, the SoC has remained virtually unchanged; in other words, the "monster" of power that enables 8K HDR video capture, simultaneous 64MP image capture (thanks to three 18-bit ISPs), and maximum mobile connectivity remains. This is made possible by the already-familiar Snapdragon X65 modem (5G, SA, and NSA) and Fastconnect 6900 (WiFi 6 and 6E). 

Many companies, including Asus (Rog), Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, RedMagic, Redmi, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE, will use it beginning in the third quarter of 2022.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • 4nm production process
  • CPU: Kryo up to 3.2 GHz with 64-bit Arm Cortex-X2
  • GPU: Adreno 730, HDR gaming, Vulkan 1.1 API
  • Modem: Snapdragon X65 5G, 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz, SA and NSA, downloads up to 10 Gbps
  • WiFi: 6E and 6 (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz) with Qualcomm FastConnect 6900
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 and USB 3.1
  • Camera:  Triple 18-bit ISP, 8K HDR Video at 30fps, 4K at 120fps, HDR10 +, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision
  • Audio: Qualcomm Aqstic codec (WCD9385)
  • Charging: Quick Charge 5
  • Memory: LP-DDR5 support up to 16GB at 3200MHz


Why do completely healthy children die suddenly in their sleep?

 No one could explain why her son Damien died so suddenly to Dr. Carmel Harrington.  The tragedy occurred 29 years ago, when the biochemist-turned-lawyer, who is now the mother of three children, was working as a lawyer.

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"No one could tell me what had happened. Everyone told me it was a tragedy. "However, my scientific mind couldn't come up with an explanation for this tragedy," she explained.

Death in a dream

Three years later, the story repeats itself: her close friend's child dies unexpectedly for no apparent reason. Dr. Harrington then decided to resume his search for the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The biochemist issued a call for collective fundraising to help fund her research.

Dr. Harrington and a team from Sydney Pediatric Hospital believe they have discovered the cause of children's sudden deaths. A specific enzyme blocks the brain in infants and prevents rescue shock during sleep, according to their findings, which were published in the specialized publication "The Lancet eBioMedicine."

Infants die suddenly and without warning, most often while sleeping. Researchers believe the syndrome affects children who have a defect in the awakening mechanism, which ensures that the baby wakes up when his breathing stops. Everyone's natural management and control systems prevent them from stopping breathing. These systems constantly monitor the oxygen level in the blood and react if it falls below a certain threshold. As a result, they protect us from low oxygen saturation. When the brain detects high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood, such as when we are wrapped in a blanket and breathing under the covers, the defense mechanism kicks in and we wake up.

This waking mechanism fails in children who die suddenly, but not because of a genetic defect, but because an enzyme prevents it from working, according to Dr. Harrington's team. They examined samples taken at birth from more than 60 infants as part of preventive examinations. Between the ages of one week and two years, all of these children died of sudden death.

The reason

Researchers found that the activity of the enzyme butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) in babies who died suddenly was significantly lower than in other infants when comparing these samples to other healthy children. Because this enzyme is involved in the transmission of information in the brain, researchers believe there is a link between low levels of the enzyme and sudden infant death while sleeping. Furthermore, low butyrylcholinesterase levels can cause apnea, or sleep apnea.

If additional research confirms that BChE deficiency is the cause of sudden infant death, it could save many lives in the future.

To that end, a research team led by Dr. Harrington intends to create a special screening test that will detect the risk of sudden infant death early on.



Plastic-free in the kitchen: products and tips that are good for the environment and health

The goal of zero waste is a noble one. This is also true in a zero-waste kitchen. Even if this isn't always practicable, you should make every effort to avoid generating as much plastic garbage as possible. However, avoiding plastic isn't just good for food packaging: you can choose to avoid plastic as a material when purchasing kitchen items ranging from culinary utensils to storage objects.


Instead of cling film, use wax paper.
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Although cling film is quite useful, it is made of plastic. Even aluminium foils aren't considered zero-waste in the kitchen. Beeswax towels or cling towels made from organic cotton and vegetable wax are a non-plastic alternative that keep food fresher for longer. The recyclable packaging is also washable and reusable. Beeswax is a natural preservative that also possesses antimicrobial properties.

Wooden cutting boards
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Commercial breakfast boards are composed of plastic and are dishwasher safe. Wooden boards are an excellent alternative, but they should not be put in the dishwasher because they will shatter rapidly. After hand cleaning, the boards should always be allowed to dry completely. Glass or marble boards are also available, but they dull blades more quickly. Another option for a cutting basis is pressed rice husks.

Baking soda as dish soap


Chemical clubs are commonly used in dishwashing liquids. Furthermore, the detergent bottles squander needless plastic. Making your own dish soap is simple. Natural dish soap is made with vegetable soap and baking soda. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a fat-dissolving, antimicrobial, and odor-neutralizing mineral. It is thus regarded as a multi-talent among natural home remedies, since it can be used as an all-purpose cleanser, limescale remover, detergent, scouring agent, and softener in addition to being used as a washing-up liquid.

Drinking bottles without plastic

Many people who eliminate plastic bottles in favour of glass or stainless steel bottles are not only pleased with the zero-waste approach, but also claim that drinks served in these containers taste better. You may save money and reduce packaging by filling your glass or stainless steel container with tap water. Stainless steel vacuum flasks also keep warm drinks like tea and coffee at the right temperature.

Cloth towels instead of paper towels

To be honest, kitchen rolls appear to be really useful at first glance. They are, as well, assuming you ignore the fact that kitchen paper is packaged with plastic when purchased. You can use cloth towels to avoid both plastic and paper waste at the same time. Despite the fact that they must be washed on a regular basis, this takes you considerably closer to the zero-waste concept.

Mason jars instead of Tupperware

Plastic storage and storage jars, such as those made by Tupperware and other companies, may include dubious elements like petroleum or plasticizers. Furthermore, some solvents might produce poisons that are harmful to one's health. Stainless steel lunch boxes make sense as an alternative to plastic lunch boxes. Tupperware and similar storage containers can be replaced with glass containers. Jars with screw caps, such as jam or pickle jars, can be "upcycled" and given a new purpose as storage or storage containers without having to be purchased new.

Wooden kitchen utensils

Plastic kitchen gadgets or pots and pans containing plastic are no longer trendy. Therefore, there are many alternatives without plastic. For example, there are kitchen utensil sets made of bamboo wood with salad and cooking spoons, spatula, etc. Bamboo is considered a resource-saving, rapidly renewable raw material.

Samsung has unveiled a 200 megapixel camera of the second generation

 Samsung  hasn't even put its 200 megapixel first-generation camera in a phone yet. It is ISOCELL HP3, and it is very different from ISO...