Nootropics is the new black
According to Wikipedia, nootropics, also known as memory enhancers, “smart drugs“, cognitive enhancers, “intelligence enhancers“, and neuro enhancers are functional foods, drugs, nutraceuticals and supplements that improve one or even more aspects of one’s mental function, like motivation, working memory, and attention. This term was coined by a Romanian psychologist Corneliu Giurgea in 1972. The range of possible nootropics out there is wide. A wide variety of naturally occurring herbs and foods; everything from grape seed extract to ginseng to yerba mate to krill oil and even licorice, are believed to have nootropic properties. We will be focusing on the newer and more exotic compounds which are attracting the biggest attention - nootropics. Slowfoodnation has reviewed most nootropics on the market but we just want to mention a few: The “racetams“: Racetams, such as pramiracetam work by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters as well as other chemicals needed for proper brain function. According to some tests, racetams have shown that they increase communication between the two divisions of the brain and improve cognitive function among individual users. Adrafinil: Adrafinil is a predecessor of the prescription medication modafinil. Modafinil belongs to a group of drugs called “eugeroics“, which promote mental alertness without posing the effects of amphetamines, which are utilized as a substitute. Adrafinil stimulates hormones such as dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. Noopept: Noopept is derived from the same class as racetam although technically it is not a racetam. It however has the same mechanisms of action. Noopept is said to be more than 1,000 times more concentrated as compared to piracetam. It is effective for disorders like anxiety and depression. Studies have also shown Noopept to improve memory retention. The product activates receptors of dopamine and selective serotonin receptors as well as increase levels of the nerve growth factor- a hormone involved in maintaining and repairing healthy brain cells. Noontropics are a fairly new phenomenon to the public. However, they are starting to gather some momentum and are set to become an increasingly important part of most people’s lives and they need to be reviewed properly.
Israel-based Kanfit Ltd has finally concluded the process of manufacturing a radar dome, also known as radome, prototype for flying platforms for satellite communications. Having performed the necessary mechanical and physical tests on the prototype, Kanfit delivered it to the customer. The radome is an astounding three-meter long affair created using quartz epoxy pre-preg materials in the autoclave. Revealing that the customer had earlier approached them due to their impressive track record, Shai Fine, Kanfits general manager, attributed their success to their long tradition in the field of radome manufacturing. Fine further added that they have been able to extend their composite manufacturing abilities to radomes, thanks to their experience. However, before making the delivery to the unnamed buyer, Kanfit had to conduct physical and mechanical tests on the radome. The tests took place in the companys in-house laboratories. Noting that it had been a complex project, Shai Fine stated that a number of issues had to be addressed in order to ensure top performance. The issues related to the electrical, physical and mechanical properties of the radome, and which had a considerable impact on its performance. The general manager could not hesitate to allude to the contribution of their customer towards the successful completion of the radome project. He posited that close co-operation with the buyer had helped them to surmount the challenges facing the delivery of the radome within a short duration of time. He, perhaps, intended to let the world understand that any business needed the hand of their customers to drive them towards corporate success. In order to succeed in the projects of such magnitude as the radome, the general manager reiterated the importance of experience and a good reputation. This was what drove the buyer to their company, leading to the successful delivery. The radome prototype is in its final phase of testing. Once the tests are concluded beyond any reasonable doubt, the company will embark on a massive serial production process in the fourth quarter of the year (Q4). Kanfit specializes in the manufacture of sub-assemblies and ready-to-fly assemblies which it fashions out of composite and metal materials, with its focus firmly set on the medical device and aerospace industry. The company has gone a step further in its operations by including an autoclave and 3D addition to the manufacturing process. They managed to reduce the cost of the project and the general manager could reveal that the secret to this is to recycle and use second hand laboratory equipment and they are buying used autoclaves to save both the environment and money. Other technologies currently in the pipeline at Kanfit include the automated fiber placement (AFP) as well as a filament winding that is completely robotic, which is a new development in the aerospace industry.
A look into Sweden's most unique stone houses
by Philippines News on April.21, 2016, under Culture
In a small town outside of Gothenburg we find architect Ola Torrång who has designed Sweden's most unique stone house. This is a truly well designed and practical home. Torrång's philosophy is to offer a unique home that can't be found anywhere else. So what makes the house so unique?
A 21 year old man who had a pending warrant for murder was stabbed to death by his drinking buddy while having a party at sitio Daspo barangay Lotupan. The victim sustained four wounds and the police are still trying to determine who stabbed him. The victim attends a New Year’s party held inside the basketball court when he and his friend had an argument with someone as they were already drink. The Lotupan police said that it was impossible for witnesses not to identify the suspect since the drinking buddies of the victim were only his cousins. The police also said that the victim has appending warrant arrest of a murder case which was issued years ago. He said also the residents of the place were very uncooperative giving them difficulties with their investigation.
In Moalboal, the New Year’s Eve was unlucky for a 60 year old man who was shot dead by an unidentified assailant while he was on his way to check his domesticated cow at the back of his house at barangay Tomonoy. The 60 year old victim was about to check on his cow that recently gave birth when he was shot several times. Te responding police officers tried to rush him to the hospital but the attending physician declared him dead on arrival due to gunshot wounds in his abdomen stomach and in his left hand. Policemen recovered a slug of a revolver on the crime scene while another slug was found stuck on the door. Police are now investigating issues over lot ownership as the victim had quarreled with a lot of people over it.
Police says a bus collided with a passenger jeep in a province south of Manila. Killing seven members of a family who were returning home from Christmas vacation. Police officials says the bus was overtaking a car when it hit the Manila bound jeep in the opposite lane of the highway in Ibaan town in Batangas province. Police investigator said that the collision killed the jeep driver and six of his passenger who were siblings. They were among thousand who were heading back to Manila at the end of the Christmas holiday. Police says some passengers on the bus received minor injuries.
A 58 year old British national was found dead with gunshot wounds in the neck, jaw and back in a subdivision here on New Year’s Eve, police suspect was a case of robbery homicide. The body of the victim was found by early morning joggers along the main road of the De Guzman Subdivision. Reports said that the victim was last seen alive drinking liquor alone at the bar in barangay Bantug Norte and left the place at around 3:30 a.m. The victim’s wallet was missing while his ATM cards, calling cards and photos were found near his body. Two empty caliber .45 shells were recovered at the scene. A province wide manhunt is ongoing for a suspect.
A rice store owner allegedly shot one of his helper when the latter reportedly became unruly during a drinking session in Las Piñas City. According to the initial reports, the trader was enjoying drinks with stay-in helper and other employees on the rooftop of the rice mill store in Saint-Louis Village when the incident happened. The trader as a native of Batangas fled after shooting the helper who is reportedly to be critical condition at the hospital due to gunshot wound on his chest. Police officers recovered a .45 caliber pistol allegedly used in the shooting and are searching for the suspect.
Manila Police District Public Information office showed that two people were killed and four hurt in gun-shooting incidents across the city on New Year’s Eve. A tricycle driver from Maceda St., Sampaloc, was shot dead at around 10:55 a.m. last Friday, as he was standing idly at a canteen along Maria Clara St. near Prudencio St., in the same district. Footage showed two helmet-wearing men riding past twice on a blue motorcycle. The second time they stooped in the front of the victim and assaulted him before shooting him in the chest with a .45 caliber gun. The gunmen took the gold necklace of the victim allegedly worth of P60, 000.
Meanwhile a painter from Molave St., Tondo, was also shot dead by a motorcycle-riding tandem, this time with white handkerchiefs and ball caps covering their faces. The victim was drinking with friends in his residence at 8 p.m. The riders stopped in front of the group, fired several gunshots, and the victim fatally on his right chest before fleeing.
Meanwhile a 15 year old of Anonas St., Kahilum II Padacan was injured at 11 p.m. when his friend accidentally pulled the trigger of a pen gun he was showing off.
A 17 year old boy was shot dead on New Year Day while he was on his way to a basketball game in Pandacan Manila. Smith Dominic Meren, of Canonigo St., Paco, Manila, was walking along Kahilum 1, Pandacan, with his friends, towards a nearby court at around 5 p.m. But upon reaching the riverside bridge in the area, they were accosted by a young man only identified as alias “Pogi” and his companion who challenged them to a fight. Meren attempted to run but “Pogi” gave chase, shooting at him with an improvised firearm, Meren was hit on the head. He was brought to Sta. Ana Hospital for treatment but died at around 6 p.m. pursuit operations are underway for “Pogi,” who remains at large. Meren’s companions have told the police they could identify “Pogi” if they see him again.
A 55 year old New Zealand national suffered a heart attack and died inside a restroom of the Mati Public market while the nation celebrates the New Year. The foreigner was on board Bachelor Bus from Davao City and arrived at the Mati Overland Transport Terminal Complex around 2 p.m. The owner of stall no. 10 of the terminal complex said that when the victim a lightened from the bus near her stall she observed that the foreigner was wearing only one sandal with his legs swollen. The victim was said to have walked in a staggered manner appearing weak and holding the steel railings of the terminal to prevent him self from falling down. The victim was seen entering the restroom of the nearby public market. The restroom collector said while the man was inside he heard something hit the door and so he called his companion to check. The restroom collector and his companion found the foreigner lying on his back unconscious. Civil security unit personnel on duty brought the victim to the hospital. The attending physician tried to revive the victim but in vain. The victim was declared dead. The cause of the death was acute myocardial infarction commonly known as heart attack. The city of government of Mati has already coordinated with the Embassy of New Zealand.
The weather bureau said that there is no tropical cyclone threatened or affected the country as of yesterday but scattered rains may be expected in the next days. Rains in the past two days were brought about by the northeast monsoon. The northeast monsoon will continue until February and advised the public to bring umbrellas and jackets when going out. The central office of the weather bureau reportedly that the tail ends of a cold front is also affecting Visayas and Mindanao causing cloudy skies with scattered rains. Thunderstorms and widespread rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will also prevail over Visayas. The temperature has also drooped due to the northeast monsoon which carries cold air from northern China. Pagasa said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon, Visayas, and Eastern Mindanao today and coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Police arrested over the weekend an Australian national who is facing rape charges in Angeles City. The suspect was 58 years old a resident of Diamond Subdivision barangay Balibago was positively identified by his 20 year old victim. According to the victim the suspect sexually abused her on December 28 last year. The incident happened around 11p.m. at the suspect’s apartment. The victim immediately sought police assistance after the incident. On December 29 police conducted pursuit operations against the suspect. The suspect was brought to the regional intelligence division office in this camp for investigation. Charges for violation of the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 are being prepared against the suspect.
A police chief in Talavera town in Nueva Ecija province was shot dead. The report said the police chief was shot dead several times by his deputy police inspector around 9 p.m. the two reportedly engaged in a heated argument before the incident happened outside the police station. The police inspector was drunk at the time of the incident. He used a 9mm pistol in shooting the victim. The suspect surrendered to authorities and is now detained in Camp Olivas in Pampanga province. The investigation is still ongoing.
A resident found a fetus near a toilet bowl in Quezon City. The report said that one of the resident found the fetus soaked in blood near a toilet bowl in the public toilet. According to the report, residents of barangay Loyola Heights in Katipunan said the fetus believed to be around three to four months old, was found around 9 p.m. The barangay officials buried the fetus near the village.
The Quezon City Police District disposes illegal pyrotechnics in Camp Karingal. A report said that bulk of the illegal items was confiscated from people boarded buses bound to the provinces. Members of the Quezon City fire department and the bomb squad of the police were also present during the disposal.
A fire razed a building of a university in Manila. A report said that the fire of undetermined origin hit the Philippine Normal University Center for Teaching and Learning Building around 10:15 a.m. The fire was put out around 10:48 a.m. No casualty was reported in the accident.
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rocked a town in Leyte province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake was recorded at 7 a.m. with its epicenter at nine kilometers northwest of Capoocan town. The quake was tectonic in origin. The Phivolcs said no damage and casualty was recorded and no aftershock was expected in the quake.
A fire hit an establishment in Boracay while people welcomed the New Year. The report said that the fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. in a plastic garments store in Boracay Station 3. Initial investigation said that a firecracker which landed the roof of the store caused the fire. The fire reached the first alarm and was put under control around 12:45 a.m. no casualty was reported in the incident. Authorities estimated the cost of the damage from P50, 000 to 1000, 000.
Stray bullets at the height of the New Year celebration killed two people in Pangasinan and Compostela Valley provinces. A report said that the 17 year old victim was hit by a stray bullet past midnight in barangay Carmen in Rosales Pangasinan. The victim was just standing in front of their house when he was hit in the head. He was immediately brought to the hospital but died.
Also a 20 year old in Agusan Del Sur and a mine worker at the Diwalwal mining area in barangay Diwata Monkayo Compostela Valley died due to stray bullet. The victim was standing near a window to watch a fireworks display when he was hit in his chest. He was brought to a hospital but also died.
Seven people, four of them in their teens were injured when a sports utility vehicle and a tricycle figured in a collision at the Cubao underpass in Quezon City. The injured was the driver of the tricycle and his two passengers. Passengers of the Mitsubishi Montero who were injured were all residents of 10th Avenue Metro Villa Subdivision Valenzuela City. It said that the collision occurred along the southbound portion of Epifanio de los Santos Ave (EDSA) near Aurora Blvd. barangay Immaculate Concepcion Quezon City.
A 26 year old woman was killed while watching neighborhood teen groups engaged in a street brawl from the terrace of their house in Quezon City. The police officers identified the victim as a 26 years old native of Southern Leyte resident of Ninada Street Barangay Commonwealth Quezon City. The victim was hit by a bullet from a gun of unknown caliber squarely in the forehead which lodged in the brain. She was later declared dead on arrival at the hospital. The reports said that the two groups of feuding rival gangs in the neighbor were engaged in a street brawl and the victim decided to find out what was happening on the street down below. The victim’s aunt said she first heard a gunshot and then saw her niece collapse. When she saw blood on her forehead she sought help from her neighbor who took her to the nearest hospital. The suspect remained identified.
A member of an all-female singing and dance group was found dead along the north Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Report said that Rejoice Rivera, 26, Malolos City Bulacan and a member of the Baywalk Bodies was found dead by an NLEX patrol team on a northbound shoulder near the Tabang toll gate with two bullet wounds in her heads. According to the reports, a witness saw a body of the victim dumped along the expressway in Guinguinto town but failed to get the plate number of the suspect’s vehicle. The victim was wearing a gray shirt and denim shorts, was identified by her relatives in a morgue in Malolos. The relatives said that the victim was the second child was the breadwinner of the family and no known enemies. The police said that the victim told to her mom that someone will fetch her from their house before she went missing. The Bulacan police are now trying to identify the victim’s companion on the night she left home.
Albay province has been put under state of calamity due to continued rains that resulted in flooding and landslide. A report said that the governor declared a state of calamity due to the damages brought by rains in different parts of the province.
Authorities confirmed the death of two missing people who are washed away by strong currents in a flooding in Albay province. The two were heading to an evacuation center around 5:30 p.m. in Manito town due to days of non-stop rains that triggered floods and landslides. The landslides also forced about 3, 000 people to flee their homes. The evacuees were not allowed to go home until authorities confirmed that their areas are safe. Meanwhile the governor declared a state of calamity in the whole Albay due to the damages brought by rains in different parts of the province.
A police official is now detained at the Cebu City Police Office holding cell after he allegedly shot a charcoal vendor the other day in sitio Buwanan barangay pung-ol Sibugay Cebu City. The suspect was identified as Inspector of Barangay Guadalupe commander of the 2nd coy of Regional Public Safety Battalion based in town of Moalboal. The suspect was allegedly shot and wounded charcoal vendor a resident of Pung-ol Sibugay. The report said that the victim and his brother were trying to cut branches from trees on a lot owned by the suspect. The caretaker of the suspect shouted at them saying why both of you cut trees. The victim answered its only the branches. After the exchange the caretaker told to the suspect that some men were cutting trees on his lot. The suspect allegedly went to the house of the victim with a pistol and shot him in the back. The victim was rushed to the hospital where doctors said that the victim was in danger of being paralyzed because the bullet hit his spinal cord. The CCPO already received a shooting alarm report from his team in Sibugay. It also said that the suspect was there to make a report about the trees in his lot being cut by some residents in the place and not about the shooting alarm. The CCPO said that after realizing that the police officer was the primary suspect of the shooting alarm he stood and served as the arresting officer of the police official. They brought the suspect to CCMC for a liquor test it was there where the victim pointed to the suspect as his assailant. The suspect is now facing frustrated murder charges.
A soldier died while another was injured when a grenade exploded in outpost of the 7th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in north Cotabato. The incident happened around 8 p.m. in a village in Kabacan town. The initial investigation said that the two motorcycle riding men threw the grenade to the soldiers. A shooting incident followed that killed the soldier and injured the other one soldier. Operations are ongoing to arrest the suspects.
Two people were injured in a passenger bus accident in Camarines Sur province. A report said that the two buses crashed along the Andaya highway in barangay Agropacion in Ragay town. The two injured were identified as resident of San Roque Bato Catanduanes who sustained bruises and wounds in his body and the other one is from Pawa, Tabaco City who was the bus conductor. The bus came from Albay and was headed for Metro Manila when the accident happened. Meanwhile the unhurt passengers were transferred to another bus.
A reporter was injured after fighting against cellphones thieves in Cotabato City. A reporter was walking at the corner of Bonifacio and Don Rufino Alonzo Street in Poblacion 6 when two men approached and attempted to grab his mobile phone. The reporter reportedly resisted prompting one of the suspects to attack him with knife. The victim was brought to a hospital in the city as he sustained injuries in his right arm and lower back. Manhunt operations have been launched against the suspects.
Two earthquakes rocked parts of northern Luzon shortly. The first quake with magnitude of 3.8 occurred at 12:29 p.m. with its epicenter located at 31 kilometers northwest of Iligan town in Isabela province. The second was recorded at 12:52 p.m. with epicenter traced at 32 kilometers southeast of Tabuk in Kalinga Apayao. The phivolcs said there were no damages recorded and aftershocks were not expected. It said that both quakes were tectonic in origin.
A magnitude 4 earthquake struck Zambales province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said that the quake was recorded at 12:57 a.m. with its epicenter traced at 163 kilometers of Iba Town. The quake which was tectonic in origin had a depth of one kilometer. It was not determined on what intensity and where the quake was felt. The Phivolcs said that no damage and casualty was recorded and no aftershock was expected in the quake.
A woman was killed when the gift containing three bombs exploded in her residence at a posh subdivision in Bambang Taguig City. The victim was accompanied by her seven year old daughter at their residence at the Mahogany Three Subdivision while her husband was outside the house when the explosion happened. None of the two were hurt because the victim was alone. At the family’s living room when she opened the package. It said that the gift was sent to the family in their old Paranaque residence and was only picked up by their long time driver.
A man believed to drunk was arrested for allegedly causing trouble and threatening to kill a tanod the other day in sitio Salvador barangay Tangke Talisay City. The suspect just went inside his house and started breaking things there. The concerned neighbors called barangay tanods for help. But based on the initial investigation of the city police, instead of surrendering to the tanods, the suspect was reportedly provoked by their presence allegedly continued breaking things and challenged tanods of a fist fight. The suspect is now detained at the Talisay City Police Station waiting for charges to filed against him.
A youngster believed to be a member of Crips gang was arrested for holding an unregistered .22 caliber in barangay Guadalupe Cebu City. A police team and some civilian agents were patrolling V. Rama Ext. when they saw a group of men they believe to be Crips Gang members. When they approached, the men ran but they were able to catch one, 20 years old of sitio Lower Kalunasan Cebu City. The youngster had with him a .22 revolver with live ammunition. He was taken to the Cebu City Police office holding cell.
An unidentified man was found dead inside a sack in the sitio Bangko Valencia Carcar Cebu. The Poblacion Barangay Tanod reported to Carcar Police that they saw a man inside a sack, his hands and feet tied with a nylon rope. The man was wearing only a white t-shirt and underwear. The Carcar Police noticed a gunshot wound in the man’s head and found an empty shell of caliber .45. Carcar Investigator said that many people tried to see who it was but no one could identify the body. The body of the man believed between 20 to 30 years old was taken to the funeral homes for autopsy.
The Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office has indicated the owner and the boat captain of the fishing boat earlier caught for illegal fishing in the waters off Bantayan Island for violation of the Fisheries Code of the Philippines. The provincial prosecutor has recommended P12, 000 bail for the owner of the boat temporary while P10, 000 for the the captain of the boat. The case stemmed from the December 27 operation conducted by the members of the Bantayan Police Station wherein the suspects and 14 crew members were caught illegally fishing at the vicinity of Barangay Lipayran. The police arrested the captain of the boat and his crew members. However the crew members were later released and were also not included in the filling of the charges. The police said under the law only the boat captain and the owner could be held liable.