Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Different ways to sharpen your memory!

Eat right: Eating healthy is not always about having a good figure, but it’s necessary to eat the right food for your brain too, especially foods which are high in antioxidants. For sharp memory, you can include: Blueberries, nuts, fish, avocados, coffee, Greek yoghurt and eggs in your meal.

Listen to music: Music is one such thing that can have a great impact on your mood. Listening to Baroque music while studying can be really helpful. Also, YouTube has certain playlists that can help you to concentrate better and sharpen your memory.

Stay hydrated: Consume water at frequent intervals. If you remain dehydrated, you will tend to lose focus and find it difficult to concentrate. Of course, if you drink too much of water at a time, it won’t be of any help. It should be in appropriate proportion and on a regular basis.

Keep revising: Rehearsing what you want to remember is the best way to keep things intact in your mind. The more you repeat it, the better and longer it will stay in your mind, which will automatically sharpen your memory.

Challenge your brain: Keeping your brain active is one of the best ways to sharpen it. Play tricky games, take up tasks that are challenging for you, it works as an exercise for the brain. Many ‘Brain Fitness’ programs have also come up. Take naps: As per experts, taking a 20 minutes power nap is very helpful to boost your memory. Even though you think that it cannot do wonders to your memory, it actually does! It relaxes your mind making it easier for you to remember things.

Use mnemonics: Creating mnemonics is a very effective technique. You can use rhyme and rhythm to remember things. Use your own sense of humor to feed things in your mind and make it last longer.

Visualize: Whenever you need to remember something, associate it with a memorable person, color, or anything else. Later when you recall that memorable item, it will lead to visualization of what you’re actually trying to remember.

Usain Bolt caught cheating on his girlfriend?

The Lighting Bolt, who upped his gold medal count to nine with his spectacular Olympic run at Rio — which could possibly be his swansong — has been reveling on his success ever since, perhaps a bit too much.
The iconic sprinter, who turned 30 last Sunday, has been photographed shirtless cuddling and kissing a mystery Brazilian woman during his birthday party.
The woman has been identified as Jady Duarte, the 20-year-old widow of a drug lord who was shot dead by the Brazilian police earlier this year.
Jady shared intimate images of hers with Bolt on whatsapp, claiming that she wasn’t aware of the identity of the legendary sprinter. Once the pics went viral, she maintained her non-involvement in the scandal, saying that she was surprised and upset the same time about her newfound notoriety.
According to reports, Bolt has been in a relationship with a 26-year-old Jamaican named Kasi Bennett for the past two years, and Bolt’s sister recently mentioned that the duo is likely to get engaged soon.
The couple have been maintaining a low-profile. While Kasi has been cheering for her man during the past couple of days on Instagram, she hasn’t posted a single photo of theirs together to date. Bolt however posted a photo of theirs five months back, captioning it “President and First Lady”.
Now people have started posting comments under the same, asking why he cheated on Kasi.
With the news going viral, fake profiles of Jady have surfaced, some of them even boasts of thousands of followers.
Although Jady insists that she wasn’t aware of who Bolt was, it’s hard to believe her claim. Interestingly, people are curious to know about her experience with the ‘fastest man on earth’, but the young lady refused to divulge much, referring to her one-night stand as “normal”, and not a big deal.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Old gadgets that could be worth a fortune today!

Sony Walkman TPS-L2

The iconic personal music player was first released in 1980 and went on to become a bona fide tech classic. With an original price tag of around £150, fully working original players can now fetch several hundred pounds. (James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock)

First-generation Apple iPhone

Apple completely transformed the mobile phone with the launch of its first iPhone back in 2007. Costing several hundred pounds at launch, a used handset is worth very little today, but an original version still in the box could be worth up to £10,000. (Chris Ratcliffe/REX/Shutterstock)

Nintendo Entertainment System

The NES launched in the UK in 1986 and was the best-selling games console of its time. While any model in good condition will make a little money, a mint condition console in a box could be worth as much as £38,000. (Wikipedia/Evan-Amos)

Apple 1

Designed and hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the Apple’s very first home computer was released in 1976. Anyone with one of these rare computers could make a fortune, with one model selling at auction for a staggering £296,000. (BEHAR ANTHONY/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Sega Master System

Sega’s third-generation console launched in the UK in 1987 as a direct competitor to Nintendo’s NES. In good condition, in the box, a console can fetch several hundred pounds, and much more if it’s in mint condition. (Neil Godwin / Future Publishing/REX/Shutterstock)

Nokia 3310

First launched in 2000, the 3310 is more than 15 years old, but surprisingly people are still prepared to part with cash for the ageing handset. The phone’s enduring popularity means that it can fetch up to around £50 despite being woefully out of date. (Steve Meddle/REX/Shutterstock)

Apple iPod Classic

Apple’s first iPod has now been mothballed, but the 160GB version can still fetch a decent price. Any boxed and sealed Classic models, or special editions, could be worth anything up to around £65,000. (Eye Ubiquitous/REX/Shutterstock)

Nintendo Game Boy

The popular handheld console is hardly rare, but an original Game Boy in the box complete with its bundled Tetris game could still fetch a decent amount, while any limited edition versions will be worth more. (Wikipedia)

First-gen Apple iPod Nano

Introduced in 2005, the tiny first-gen Nano is now a collectible and in its box, can command a price tag of several hundred pounds. (Apple)

Spectrum ZX80

While lots of the popular Spectrum ZX models are still around, only a relatively small amount of its predecessor were ever sold, making it slightly more rare. The first UK home computer with a price tag under £100 now sells for up to £300. (Wikipedia)

Monday, 29 August 2016

Rio Olympics: The good, the bad and the ugly!

Usain Bolt’s epic photo

Ali standing over Liston. Jordan taking off from the free throw line. Pete Rose diving into third. And now Usain Bolt caught in his natural state, grinning back at the competition he so easily bested during Sunday's 100-meter semifinal at the Olympics down in Rio. Legs ablur, perfect stride, confident smile ? it's just a perfect moment captured.

Abbey D’gostino represents the Olympic spirit

Abbey D'gostino and Nikki Hamblin's encouraging moment during the 5,000-meter gave everyone ALL the feels. After Hamblin took a tumble on the track, D'Agostino assisted her to her feet and then realized she too was injured. They both persevered through in a touching show of support that made the entire world remember what was actually more important than winning.

Phelps wins 23 golds

Michael Phelps came into the Rio Games as a champion and also left the games as one, but he hasn't always been on this pedestal of greatness. Following his triumph in London four years ago, trouble found Phelps (think: DUI, bong photo on social media) in what many assumed was a fall from grace. He cleaned up, pushed harder and earned his 23rd and final gold medal in these games, proving to everyone that a setback could only be a setup for something greater.

The best Olympic selfie

For all the controversy surrounding the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the power of the Games to connect and inspire is still unrivaled. And sometimes, the most impactful moments can come away from competition, like when gymnasts Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-Jong of North Korea came together to take a selfie.

Marriage proposals

LOVE was in the air these past two weeks, with several Olympians proposing to their partners in what could arguably be the most epic international proposal possible. Charlotte Dujardin (left), Qin Kai (right), and Tom Bosworth figured that the only real hardware that mattered during these games were engagement rings, and all popped the question (or finally agreed to get married) to their significant other. Swoon.

Simone Manuel makes history

Emotion meets critical historical flashbacks with Simone Manuel. Manuel's 100-meter freestyle marked the first time an African-American woman won in an individual swimming event. A big deal considering that not many years ago, whole swimming pools would be drained if a black person dipped their toe in the water. This was a win worth smiling about.

Simone Biles and the Final Five dominate

Lets face it ? we love Olympic gymnastics and Team USA gave us everything we've been missing these past four years. Simone Biles made history wining four golds (the most any gymnast has ever won at one Games) and the Final Five took the team gold for the second year in a row, sending out their legendary coach Marta Karolyi with a memorable last Olympics. 

Katie Ledecky does Katie Ledecky things

Did we expect anything else? Swimmer Katie Ledecky is fast. Real fast. She took home four gold medals and one silver, breaking world records in the 800-meter and 200-meter freestyle. The record that Ledecky broke in the 800 was also set by her. Just wow.

Helen Maroulis shocks the world

Girls wear singlets, too. Helen Maroulis won gold in wrestling, the first time an American woman has done so. What's better than winning gold? Beating a three-time Olympic gold medalist and the most decorated female in the history of women's wrestling. This was Maroulis' first Olympics.

Team USA 100-meter hurdle sweep

A truly golden moment for Team USA. Americans Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin won the gold, silver and bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles. This is our favorite kind of sweep and it's the first time any country has ever done so at the Olympics.

Wayde van Niekerk wins gold for his mother

A generation can make all of the difference. Odessa Swarts of South Africa wasn't allowed to qualify for her national team because of apartheid. Years later, her son Wayde van Niekerk qualified, won gold in the 400-meter sprint in Rio and broke a 15-year-old world record. Color does not define this family. He said following the win, "When I got over the finish line, I felt like a proud South African, not a proud colored South African". 

Fu Yuanhui’s reaction

Fu Yuanhui of China didn't take the gold in her swimming events, but her priceless reactions throughout the Games make her the most lovable athlete in Rio. In her qualifying heat for the 100-meter backstroke, she thought she didn't make the final. Her contagious enthusiasm wins our vote for gold. 

Stranded Nigerian soccer team beats Japan

The Nigerian soccer team arrived in Brazil hours before its match against Japan and still won 5-4. And here we are making excuses as to why we can't make it to the gym.

Countries earning first golds

There were many historical firsts at these games, but for the countries of Puerto Rico, Fiji, Singapore, Vietnam, Jordan and Kosovo, a special congratulations is in order as their firsts were golden. They earned their first-ever gold medals, with some being the first medals EVER for the country.

Ryan Lochte

In what goes down in history as top scandalous moment from Rio, famed swimmer and socialite Ryan Lochte was held up at gunpoint following a night out in Rio, but then he wasn't. Confused? Jeah, we all are. Lochte apparently "overexaggerated" the story and he wasn't held up but actually wrecked havoc at a gas station. The IOC is now investigating.

Egyptian judoka

Where politics meet the Olympic Games, the Olympic spirit is lost. This was the case when Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands following his defeat with his Israeli opponent Or Sasson. Despite this demonstration of poor sportsmanship to the world, this is a big "no-no" in judo, where respect is a big part of the sport.

Mongolian strip show

Say what? Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia suffered a loss in wrestling, and his coaches were pretty upset about it … so much so that they took to the mat and provided us all a strip show, shoes and all. We've seen our fair share of sore losers these Games but this might just take the cake.

Boxing refs sent home

The AIBA boxing federation has dropped a number of judges and referees at the Rio Olympics after a review of decisions at the Games. After 239 Olympic bouts, the federation said “less than a handful” of the decisions were not at the level expected. “The concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” the body said, adding that the results of all the bouts would stand.

Hope Solo and the coward remark

Hope Solo is no stranger to controversy and these Games proved no different. Following Team USA's loss in a shootout against Sweden, Solo commented that her opponents "played like a bunch of cowards.” Oh. Sore loser much?

Race walker poops his pants

Race walking got pretty intense this year. Yohann Diniz of France was the race favorite and was in the lead for much of the competition until he collapsed from what appeared to be gastrointestinal issues. The issues appeared to be internal and external. Embarrassing as this is, it's quite common in long distance racing (it even has a name: runner's trots). Despite the setback, Diniz completed the race in eighth place.

Empty stadiums

Fans might have been excited about the Games, but the attendance said otherwise. The marquee events had great crowds but large swarths of empty seats were noticeable at many events. Sheesh. Brazil, did you know that an Olympics has been taking place for the past two weeks?

USA 4×100 baton drop

The United States women's 4×100-meter relay team crossed the finish line last in its qualifying heat at the 2016 Olympics after the baton exchange between Allyson Felix and English Gardner was impeded by a runner in an adjacent lane. Felix was set to hand off to Gardner for the third leg of the relay when Felix appeared to make contact with Brazilian runner Kauiza Venancio in the lane to her right. Felix, slowed by the contact, grimaced, and lunged to get the baton to Gardner, but couldn't reach Gardner's outstretched hand. Felix threw the baton out of desperation, and it tumbled to the track. The U.S. filed a protest immediately after the race, and the protest was successful.

Williams sisters make early exits

Never say never! Venus and Serena Williams have gone 15-0 at the doubles tournament, winning gold medals at the past three Olympic Games. This time, they lost in the first round to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.

Athletes compete in rain

Rain doesn't stop this show. Track athletes competed during rainstorms in Brazil and coincidently enough, several athletes were disqualified because of error. Blame it on the rain?

Green fart pools

Pools in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center turned green within 24 hours of them reflecting a shiny blue. The cause? A worker dumped hydrogen peroxide into the pools, turning them green and apparently making them "smell like farts," quite embarrassing for Olympic officials. A lot can change in 24 hours. 

Dutch cyclist crash

Dutch cyclist Annemiek Van Vleuten was in the lead of the road race when she took a scary tumble that fractured her spine. This story has a happy spin to it, Van Vleuten has already gotten back on her bike and has started the healing process.

Gabby Douglas shaming

Gabby Douglas was a serious victim of cyber bullying these Games, a major difference from four years ago when she was praised for being an Olympic goddess. This time, her hair was the least of the comments, but rather her patriotism and support of her teammates (or according to social media, her lack there of).

Olympic champion belly flop

You don't hear this everyday: an Olympic diver who belly flops during competition. Russian diver Ilya Zakharov was the defending Olympic champion in the 3-meter springboard, until his belly flop in the semifinal round sent him packing. Some things we just can't understand.

Broken arm

Hyperextension gone wrong. Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan was in second place when he lifted the weights above his head. Shortly after his arm went backward, resulting in what appeared to be a dislocated elbow. OUCH!

Broken leg

In a horrifying injury none of us saw coming, French gymnast Samir Ait Said suffered a gruesome leg break during his vault qualifying round early into the Olympics. The footage went viral and is not for the faint of heart.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

World's largest aircraft makes maiden voyage!

Bum Deal

The back end of the Airlander 10 has seen it dubbed with the less-than-glamourous nickname, ‘the flying bum’.

Record Breaker

At 302ft long, the blimp-like design is considered to be the largest aircraft in the world.

Technological Innovation

The Airlander 10 is part plane, part helicopter and part airship and was revamped in the UK.

Keeping Watch

The craft was originally developed for the U.S. government as a long-endurance surveillance aircraft.

Take Off

Crowds clapped and cheered as the craft soared above them during its first outing from the First World War hangar where it was revealed in March.

Keeping It Down

Airlander 10 is about 50ft longer than the biggest passenger jets - but a lot quieter.

Easy Rider

The craft is designed to be very simple for pilots to manoeuvre.

Top Speed

It uses helium to become airborne and can can travel at a speed of 92mph in wind speeds of up to 80 knots.

Claps And Cheers

Looming large in the sky, the Airlander is already a hit with the crowds.

Up In The Air

The aircraft will be able to stay airborne for five days during manned flights.


It could be used for a variety of functions such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel.

All Worth It

Onlookers described the aircraft as “unusual” and “absolutely worth the wait”.

The Wait Is Over

People have been practicing to fly the Airlander for five years.

Gentle Giant

Despite its size, those on board should expect an “unusually calm” flight experience.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Mystery solved: What are the Olympic medals made of?

For the best athletes in the Olympics, their lives’ athletic training has gotten them to the top of the podium in one of the biggest events in the world. All that work and struggle, and at the end of the road is a gold medal waiting to be placed around their victorious necks.
Well, only part of it is gold.
Gold medals that were made for the Olympics aren’t actually gold. The ratio isn’t even close.
All that glitters is not gold.
Gold medals haven’t been made of gold since the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The gold medal’s current value is $565, but if it was made entirely of gold, it would be worth a staggering $21,200.
The bronze medal, on the other hand, is worth the same amount as a tube of toothpaste – or $2.38. Much like Katie Ledecky in the 800-meter freestyle, the disparity between first and third is rather large.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Picking your nose is gross as well as dangerous!

The chances are that at some point in your life you have picked your nose when there’s no one watching.
Don’t feel too bad about that - everyone’s done it, even if it is a bit gross. 
However, there is a reason other than social niceties for not sticking your finger up your nostril to catch bogies - it turns out it can actually be dangerous.
Dr Erich Voigt has revealed that by poking around your nose you could be introducing some particularly nasty germs to your body.
It happens when you scratch a bit too hard and cause abrasions.
Danger: Germs can enter your body if you do this.
And if these abrasions start to bleed, you can promote all sorts of germs. Plus, a crust will form over the cuts - causing you to pick even more.
Dr Voigt told Business Insider: “The blood supply to the nose is very vigorous - there are five arteries that lead to the front of the nose (kiesselbach’s plexus).
"When an abrasion occurs there can be vigorous bleeding, children induce a lot of nosebleeds that way.”
And don’t even get us started on people who eat what they pick.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Twitter blocks additional 235,000 accounts for promoting terrorism!

New York, Aug 19 (IANS) In its continued effort to curb terrorism-related activities, the micro-blogging website Twitter has suspended an additional 235,000 accounts for violating its policies related to promotion of terrorism in the last six months.
Twitter had announced the blocking of more than 125,000 accounts earlier this year which were primarily related to the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
"This brings our overall number of suspensions to 360,000 since the middle of 2015. As noted by numerous third parties, our efforts continue to drive meaningful results, including a significant shift in this type of activity off of Twitter," the company said in a blog post on Friday.
The daily Twitter account suspensions are up over 80 per cent since last year with spikes in suspensions immediately following terrorist attacks.
"Our response time for suspending reported accounts, the amount of time these accounts are on Twitter and the number of followers they accumulate have all decreased dramatically. We have also made progress in disrupting the ability of those suspended to immediately return to the platform," the blog post read.
In addition to the account suspensions, Twitter's global Public Policy team has expanded its partnerships with organisations working to counter violent extremism (CVE) online.
"We work with organisations such as Parle-moi d'Islam (France), Imams Online (Britain), Wahid Foundation (Indonesia), The Sawab Centre (UAE), and True Islam (US) to empower credible non-governmental voices against violent extremism," Twitter said.
According to a latest study by the US-based Brookings Institution, IS supporters may be operating over 46,000 active Twitter accounts.
"We also collaborate with other social platforms, sharing information and best practices for identifying terrorist content," Twitter added.
The San Francisco-based company has increased the size of its teams that review terror-related accounts and leverage proprietary spam-fighting tools to surface other potentially violating accounts for review.
As many experts and other companies have noted, there is no "magic algorithm" for identifying terrorist content on the internet, so global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgment calls based on very limited information and guidance.
"In spite of these challenges, we will continue to aggressively enforce our Rules in this area, and engage with authorities and other relevant organisations to find solutions to this critical issue and promote powerful counter-speech narratives," Twitter added.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Healthy Foods That Aid Weight Loss!

There are many foods that you can eat aplenty even if you are on a diet with an aim to lose weight. Even if you are on a weight loss plan, ensure you get sufficient exercise too and consume the necessary nutrients to keep you healthy. Here are some foods which are not just healthy but also believed to aid weight loss.
Quinoa  has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in one cup, and contains zinc, selenium, iron and vitamin E. Quinoa contains the chain of amino acids that are needed for muscle building and fat loss. It ranks low on Glycemic Index and makes you feel full for a longer time.
Oatmeal are fiber-rich whole-grain oats and have lots of water. Oats are an excellent source of biotin, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, vitamin B1, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, dietary fiber, zinc and protein. In a study conducted by Tufts University, it was found that people who ate three or more daily servings of whole grains like oats had 10 percent less belly fat than people who ate the same amount of calories from processed white carbs. Ensure you check the labels for any added sugar; avoid those. Plain rolled oats are your best bet. A salad and oatmeal diet can help control calorie intake and manage your weight because it is in high dietary fiber which is a filling nutrient.
Some studies suggest cinnamon may have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels which could help curb your appetite. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood glucose levels and this in turn prevents any kind of binge eating.
Grapefruit has soluble fibre which takes longer to digest; this helps one feel full which makes you want to eat less.
Watermelons are 92% water and hence are very filling as water occupies more room in your stomach. It contains rich nutrients and is a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant.
Pears, Berries and Apples
Like watermelons, pears, berries and apples are also high in water. If eaten with the peel, you feel full longer apart from getting the extra fibre. Apples are high in pectin, which binds with water and limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb. Berries and pears are also loaded with antioxidants. Pear is a very low calorie fruit and it provides only 58 calories per 100g.
Green Tea
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants  and contains catechins, a type of phytochemical that is believed to affect metabolism. Many studies have suggested that green tea stimulates the body to burn fat. However, you need to down a couple of cups, several times a day to notice any change.
An egg has only 75 calories, 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. It also has plenty of other nutrients along with other vital nutrients. Eggs contain all the essential amino acids needed for healthy body functions. If you have high cholesterol, consume egg whites which are cholesterol-free. Eggs contain the phytochemicals - lutein and zeaxanthin which are believed to prevent eye diseases.
Clear soups with vegetables and lean meats are full of water and prevent one from hogging a heavy meal. Vegetables and lean meats are full of essential nutrients and vitamins too.
Nuts are high in protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. Studies suggest nuts can promote weight loss and improve cholesterol levels when eaten in moderation. But they are high calorie; so it is best to follow moderation here!
Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt has almost twice as much protein as other yogurts. It takes longer to leave your stomach, and thus keeps you satiated longer making you to eat less. Also, one burns more calories digesting protein than carbs. However, ensure that the Greek yoghurt is low-fat and low-sugar.
Fish are loaded with proteins and most are low in fat. Even the ones which have fat possess the good ones like omega-3 fatty acids which may help protect against heart disease and other chronic conditions. They also contain vitamins such as D and B2 (riboflavin) and are a rich source of calcium,magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iodine and iron.
Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chained-triglycerides (MCTs); it contains a healthy form of saturated fatty acid - lauric acid, that your body quickly burns for energy. Oil extracted from fresh coconut contains a large amount of medium-chain fatty acids, which don’t  get stored in the adipose(fat) tissue as readily as long-chain fatty acids. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed greater abdominal fat loss over a 16-week period when MCTs were consumed versus olive oil. A tablespoon contains 13.6 grams of fat and 117 calories. Consuming too much will give you extra calories; hence moderation is definitely the key here.
Consult your doctor if you have allergies or other chronic conditions. Dieting is not about starving but about eating the right food at the right time in the right quantity.
Image Courtesy :  Quinoa Apple Pear Salad by Whisk Affair.