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Day: March 21, 2016

Eating Blueberries May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
ENGLISH, Life Style

Eating Blueberries May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

    Eating blueberries may protect ageing brains and help stave off symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. Scientists from the University of Cincinnati in the US gave a group of volunteers either blueberries in a powder form or a placebo powder. Blueberry powder was found to improve the thinking performance of 47 adults aged 68 and older who already had mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor for Alzheimer's. A similar effect was not seen when volunteers ate a placebo powder, the Press Association reports. MRI brain scans also showed increased brain activity in participants who had the blueberry powder, compared to ones who had the placebo. Commenting on the findings, lead researcher Dr Robert Krikorian said: "There was improvement in cognitive performance an...
The world’s longest aircraft Airlander 10 revealed in new pictures
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The world’s longest aircraft Airlander 10 revealed in new pictures

    Airlander-10-3.jpg New photographs of the world’s longest aircraft have been revealed in anticipation of its official unveiling and first UK test flight. The Airlander 10, which is part plane, part airship and part helicopter, is 92m long - around 15m longer than the biggest passenger jets. The British firm Hybrid Air vehicles (HAV) have designed the craft to stay airborne for up to three weeks using helium and the vessel is able to travel at a speed of 92mph. HAV will unveil the aircraft, standing at 26m high and 44m wide, in a First World War aircraft hangar in Bedfordshire on Monday and it will undergo its first test flight in a few weeks’ time. As it is heavier than air, the Airlander 10 is able to land without tethers on a variety of surfaces, including water and ice,...
Govt bans Shela river route in Sundarbans again
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Govt bans Shela river route in Sundarbans again

    Authorities today once again imposed a ban on all types of water vessels through the Shela river in the world’s largest mangrove forest and a listed heritage site – the Sundarbans. The move came two days after a coal-laden cargo vessel sank in the Sundarbans – a year after an oil tanker sank in the same river spilling oil endangering the rich biodiversity of the forest. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) took the decision that will come into effect immediately, Mobarak Hossain, public relation officer of BIWTA, told The Daily Star. The forest department has formed a surveillance team to enforce the ban, Saidul Islam, divisional forest officer of the Sundarbans’ Chandpai range. The teams will monitor Saronkhola and Chandpai points and alert authorities of a...
London preparing for 10 simultaneous terror attacks in wake of Paris
ENGLISH, London

London preparing for 10 simultaneous terror attacks in wake of Paris

    Police in London have reportedly been ordered to prepare for as many as 10 terror attacks happening at once across the capital, in a dramatic escalation of the capital’s readiness in the wake of the Paris shootings. Quoting a Government minister with knowledge of the proposals for enhanced security, the Sunday Times reported that police had made cracking down on firearms a top priority. It comes after an alleged gang of gunrunners appeared in court charged with smuggling an “evil” shipment of 22 Czech-made assault rifles and nine sub-machine guns into Britain from Eastern Europe. The National Crime Agency (NCA), which was critical in the operation to arrest the suspects in that case, had reportedly been given new orders amid fears of a Paris-style attack involving terroris...
Illegal buildings mushroom in Rajuk areas
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Illegal buildings mushroom in Rajuk areas

Rafiqul Islam Azad: It has taken about three months for the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) to serve the final notice to halt construction of an unauthorised building in Tongi, which falls under the regulatory body’s Detailed Area Plan (DAP). In the meantime, the builder went ahead with the illegal construction by completing the roof on the third floor, effectively throwing dust in the eyes of Rajuk and police. The authorities concerned, however, are yet to take any visible action either to stop construction or to demolish the illegal structure at 200 Lal Miah Madbor Road of Arichpur, Tongi Bazar. The building is allegedly coming up by putting at risk other constructions in the area, which may lead to an accident anytime. Another unauthorised building has come up unhindered at Konapa...