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15 Things To Look Forward To In 2016

15 Things To Look Forward To In 2016

New Year is already here, and we’re going to witness different types of events. The best way not to miss all the right stuff this year is to know when they’re going to happen and create a reminder in your smartphone. This article brings you 15 things you simply can’t miss this year. Just like Oprah said once “Cheers to a New Year and another chance to get it right.” Let’s find out what to expect in 2016.

1. The X-Files returns

After more than 13 years of absence, the most famous FBI agents in the world, Fox Mulder, and Dana Scully are making their big comeback. Outstanding agents are ready to continue where they left, investigate government’s cover-ups and alien conspiracies.

The X-Files mini-series premieres January 24, 2016, on FOX. First two episodes will be focused on shows mythology while remaining four episodes will bring back classic writers for standalone monster series.

Make sure you don’t miss the new investigations of Mulder and Scully. Remember to switch to FOX and many latest stuff. The truth is out there.

2. Leap day

It isn’t an event per se, but those who were born on February 29 will finally get to celebrate their birthday. Yes, this year we have a leap day. Below, you can see some fun facts about leap years:

The famous poet Lord Byron was born on a leap day

People born on February 29 are called leapers or leaplings

Rapper Ja Rule was born on February 29

Anthony, Texas is the self-proclaimed Leap Year Capital of the World. The town even hosts a festival dedicated to the leap day

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In Greece, getting married on leap day is considered a bad luck

February 29 is also a Rare Disease Day

It is believed that “leapers” have special talents.

3. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Batman and Superman are fighting against each other, a new threat Doomsday created by Lex Luthor will endanger mankind. Both superheroes will have to set their differences aside and fight the villain.

The unique plot isn’t the only reason Batman vs. Superman is highly anticipated. People also want to see how Ben Affleck portrayed one of the main characters. Superman is played by Henry Cavill.

Movie’s going to be released in March. See your two favorite superheroes in action in cinemas worldwide.

4. Game of Thrones Season 6

Is Jon Snow alive? What happened to Sansa and Theon Greyjoy aka Reek? How’s Cersei’s revenge going to look like? There are so many questions whose answers will finally go to be replied to in Game of Thrones season 6.

HBO announced the 6th season would premiere in April although they didn’t set the exact date. We’re also going to see Bran, who wasn’t on the show last season. This time, he’s all grown up.

In 2016, you don’t want to miss the most popular show on the planet. If you haven’t watched the show before, start now to catch up.

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5. 2016 Olympics in Rio

Although it ‘s hard to believe that Olympics in London were four years ago, this summer we can enjoy watching one of the most appreciated sports spectacles in the world – Olympics. This year, Rio will be the host and its perfect time to enjoy summer vacation while supporting athletes from your country.

The Olympics will begin on August 5, and the closing ceremony will be held on August 2016. Get the props, buy T-shirts in colors of your country and support the talented athletes who’ll fight for the most prestigious prize ever – the Olympic gold medal.

6. William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary

April 23rd marks William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. What many people don’t know is that according to historians, William Shakespeare died on his birthday.

Shakespeare was one of the most notable literary talents in history and played a significant role in development and progress of English language. To mark the death of this genius, make sure you write one of his many plays or sonnets.

7. US Election

The presidential campaigns are heating up, and it’s going to be interesting to see who will replace President Obama as the most powerful man on Earth. What we can expect in 2016 is to see how presidential candidates will occupy world news and fight for their place in the White House. One thing is for sure, US election of 2016 will be one of the most interesting yet.

The elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, so if you’re a US citizen don’t forget to vote and make your contribution to the history.

8. Euro Cup 2016

2016 is going to be fascinating for all sports fan. Before the Olympics, you can enjoy watching European football teams fight for the title of the best team on the Old continent. The Euro Cup 2016 will be held in France, and it’s going to last for a full month (June 10 – July 10).

Get the tickets and head to France to enjoy a major spectacle watching your favorite players show what they’re made of. Or you can organize Euro Cup watching parties at your home. Have fun.

9. Adele tour

You play Hello and other Adele songs on your phone every day. You sing Adele’s greatest hits in the shower. Well, in 2016 you can watch Adele performing all the marvelous songs that made you cry in your city.

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After announcing European tour dates, Adele also made US fans happy by announcing she will travel across the country as well. The tour will start in July which means you can still get your ticket.

10. Queen of England turns 90

On April 21, 2016, Elizabeth II Queen of England will celebrate her 90th birthday. In 2015, she has become the longest serving monarch in the British history. It will be interesting to see what types of celebrations will the Queen have this year.

If you plan to visit the United Kingdom, you should do so in April and experience the magic from the “first hand.”

11. Jupiter at opposition

The biggest planet in the Solar system will be at its closest approach to Earth, and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than in any other time of the year, and you’ll be able to see Jupiter all night long. Set March 8 in your calendar, get the telescope and don’t miss this astronomic phenomenon.

A good pair of binoculars will also allow you to see Jupiter’s moons appearing as dots on either side of this magnificent planet.

12. Penumbral lunar eclipse

Here’s another astronomic phenomenon that you can’t miss this year – penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23. It occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow or penumbra.

The moon will slightly darken, but not completely. The eclipse will be visible in eastern Asia, eastern Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the West Coast of America (including Alaska). Don’t miss this great event. Although it’s going to be visible without a telescope, using this “tool” can only add to the magic of the entire experience.

13. 4K screen becomes norm

In 2016, we can expect that 4K screens will take over and become the new standard. There are already tons of 4K monitors and TVs, but not so much on phones. Technology experts assume that’s going to change with the release of new smartphones.

Make sure you watch tech news and get the latest release of your favorite smartphone with new 4K screen. Watching videos and photos on phones will become even better with 4K screens.

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14. Rare transit of Mercury across the Sun

On May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will move directly between our planet and the Sun. It is a very rare event that only happens once in ages. Viewers with telescopes and solar filters will be able to see the dark disk of the Mercury moving across the face of the Sun. Other transit of Mercury across the Sun will be in 2019 and the next one after that in 2039.

Get your approved solar filters and telescope and don’t miss this rare event.

15. iPhone 7

Apple tends to release new iPhone each year, and it is assumed the biggest tech news and event of the year will occur in September with the release of iPhone 7. Although we still don’t know how this new smart-phone will look like, it’s quite sure the new device won’t have a headphone jack. It means that wired headphones will go through the lightning connector instead, but wireless Bluetooth headphones will work as usual.

Tech experts assume that with the absence of headphone jack Apple is in the bid to make the phone even thinner. The new device will have improved performance and more memory.

Conclusion

Throughout this article, you have had the opportunity to see a broad range of events that will mark 2016. Get ready to plenty of sports events, prepare yourself for the astronomic phenomenon, watch your favorite TV shows, and plan to visit London in April.

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12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and Black Tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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