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NAD Boosters Might Save Lives During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a non-protein chemical compound that acts as a catalyst for an enzyme’s activity, by increasing the rate of a chemical reaction. It exists in every living cell in one of the two forms: NAD+ and NADH. Both NAD boosters and NADH might prove useful against COVID-19.

NAD+ is an oxidized and reduced form of NAD that proved to work as anti-cancer, anti-viral, or immunosuppressive drugs. Since the coronavirus is a viral disease and the only weapon the human body has against it is the immune system, then it becomes logical to consider the effects a NAD booster would have as a treatment or better said as a palliative.

NAD boosters are considered to be anti-aging drugs, but it seems that they can do much more than that. According to recent reports, Harvard experts consider NAD boosters to be a chance for older people to survive the fight with the coronavirus.

Older people have an impaired immune system. It either doesn’t identify the virus in time, and the virus gets to the lower respiratory tract, or it recognizes it but it doesn’t have the means to fight it. Either impairment can prove to cause severe complications for those infected with COVID-19, and even fatal.

The importance of NAD boosters against COVID-19

The National Health Service reports that 72% of the patients hospitalized with coronavirus are over 60 years old and that they represent 91% of the deaths in the UK. Specialists observed that diabetes and hearth affections make the coronavirus the weakest categories, although the correlation wasn’t yet elucidated.

But these two illnesses are highly present in the old population. Since the young population proved to have higher chances of fighting the coronavirus, it would be natural to think about a strategy that would make the elder’s immune system work as a younger one.

This is where NAD boosters came up as a solution. “It may even be possible to reset the age of cells and tissues so currently high-risk individuals can respond to viral infections as though they were young,” the study says.

NAD boosters contain niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3. Ingesting nicotinamide, it will transform into NAD. The method is called a salvage pathway. “NAD+ is the closest we’ve gotten to a fountain of youth. It’s one of the most important molecules for life to exist, and without it, you’re dead in 30 seconds,” said David Sinclair, an author of the paper, suggesting that NAD might be effective against COVID-19.

Google Play Store 20.0.15 Update Comes With Bug Fixes

The Google Play Store serves as an essential component of the Android ecosystem, offering the ability to access and enjoy a wealth of content besides other features that improve the quality of life for users.

A dedicated storefront app was one of the greatest improvements that elevated smartphones above their feature phone rivals during the early days. Thanks to the implementation of the convenient app, users no longer needed to visit multiple sites to download content for their device, as it could be found conveniently in a single place.

About Google Play Store

Android Market was the first storefront app released by Google for the Android OS. It offered access to free and paid games, apps, and videos, attracting many new users to the ecosystem thanks to its ease of use. Many of the most popular apps and games that were available on the Android Store were also free, which was an important perk for many users.

Google added the option to buy other types of content in time, and the app became a bit crowded, leading to some confusion. As some users started to complain about the dated design of the app, Google decided that a fresh change was needed.

Enter the Google Play Store, which came with a streamlined user interface, the ability to sort content with relevant category buttons, and a series of additional features that made it a solid update. In 2019 the introduction of the Material Theme update made it look even better, and it is now even more user-friendly, as people who are not familiar with the app can find and download the desired content without problems

Latest Google Play Store update launched with fixes and improvements

Another great feature of the Google Play Store is Play Protect, which ensures that all the content which can be obtained from the storefront is secure and safe to use.

The latest Google Play Store 20.0.15 update comes with new bug fixes. The new version will roll out OTA on all Android devices soon.

The Reason Behind Rare-Earth Metallic Nodules Staying on Top on the Seafloor


Rare metallic components discovered in clusters on the distant floor of the ocean remain unearthed in spite of the moving sands and sediment numerous blocs under the waters.

Researchers now believe they know the reason behind this puzzling matter, and it could actually have significant effects for mining these metals while conserving the peculiar fauna in the depths of the ocean.

The Reason Behind the Process

The increase in these deep-sea nodules, which are metallic lumps of manganese, iron, and other metals present in all the main water bodies, is one of the slowest discovered geological processes. These circular stones, which are probable sources of rare elements, grow just 10 to 20 millimeters every million years.

However, they somehow get to avoid being buried by sediment in spite of their locations in regions where clay forms at least 100 times faster than these nodules grow.

Comprehending the way these clumps of metals remain on the untouched seafloor could help geoscientists discover a way to use them for industrial purposes. A new research published in the journal Geology will aid scientists in understanding this case better.

“It is important that any mining of these resources is done in a way that preserves the fragile deep-sea environments in which they are found,” said senior author Adriana Dutkiewicz, an ARC Future Fellow in the School of Geosciences at The University of Sydney.

Rare-earth and other vital metals are crucial for the development of technologies required for low carbon economies. They will have a greater role for the next-generation solar cells, effective wind turbines, and rechargeable batteries that will start the renewable revolution.

Solving the Mystery

Starting with combing deep currents to burrowing animals, scientists have suggested a number of processes as the reason behind this mystery. However, solving it relies on a better comprehension ​of where the nodules are located and the environmental settings that dominate there.

Now, worldwide research published in the journal Geology uses predictive machine learning to examine which aspects control the location of polymetallic nodules. The outcome provides a new insight to report the deep-sea mineral quest and its regulation.

“The International Seabed Authority is currently preparing new environmental regulations to govern deep-sea mining,” Dr. Dutkiewicz said. “Our analysis represents a global, data-driven synthesis to impartially inform these policies and deep-ocean environmental management.”

Dr. Dutkiewicz and co-authors Dr. Alexander Judge and Professor Dietmar Müller ​merged open-access information for thousand of polymetallic nodules with global data sets of main environmental standards to design a machine learning model that labels the factors managing nodule placement. The resulting map foresees where polymetallic nodules are most probably to appear.

Surprising Findings

The research authors were stunned to discover that globally the nodules appear in areas where the bottom currents speed are way too slow to remove sediment. Rather, the nodules are correlated with the seafloor fauna.

“Organisms such as starfish, octopods, and mollusks seem to keep the nodules at the seafloor surface by foraging, burrowing and ingesting sediment on and around them,” Dr. Dutkiewicz said. “Although these organisms occur in relatively low concentrations on the abyssal seafloor, they are still abundant enough to locally affect sediment accumulation.”

This outcome is backed by direct seafloor analyses of nodule fields by separate studies.

 “Our conclusion is that deep-sea ecosystems and nodules are inextricably connected,” Dr. Dutkiewicz said.​

EA Is Focusing Now on Its Present Games and Here’s Why 


We know everything so far about EA’s quarterly earnings from last year, and it’s all thanks to the games they published as “live services.”. we are talking about the ones that are constantly updated in order to keep people interested in games, and keep playing them longer, and also paying for additional content and expansions.

This also includes Anthem, which the company didn’t find success with. But the company also released Apex Legends, which right now has over 70 million players, just as Ultimate Team features on FIFA, the NHL games, and Madden.

The Sims 4 had a monthly average of players of about 40% from last year, so their plan to make it available for free earlier was a good one. The series of games now is registered for more than $5 billion. The EA Access package also came to Steam on PC, too, after the CEO said that launching the game on PS4 grew the subscriber base with a lot.

EA thinks of engagement as a significant measure of success, which means that future games will keep players linked.

Earlier this year, we also learned that Apex Legends will also get a mobile version and that it will be launched in China. There’s also a competitive gaming program, but we don’t know much so far. Soon we’ll get more info about it.

Right now, the company focuses on the content of the existing game – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Battlefield V’s Pacific Theater, and season three of Apex. There’s a new Battlefield game that is set to hit the gaming world in the 2022 fiscal year, which means that it would be perfect for the next-gen consoles. Other than unannounced brand new games and IP, that’s all we have so far.



Hayabusa2 Shot The Near-Earth Asteroid Ryugu With A Cannonball

Hyabusa2 is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s spacecraft. It recently shot a copper cannonball, measuring a tennis ball, into a near-Earth asteroid, dubbed as Asteroid Ryugu. The scientists performed such a mission to find out the space object’s structure. Even if they could have done that last year, now they’ve got more chances with the Hayabusa2 probe.

Hayabusa2 Probe Mission Was Successful

The Hayabusa2 probe used Small Carry-on Impactor, a tool equipped with plastic explosives. The target was to shot an artificial crater in the Ryugu asteroid. After blasting the SCI from the space object’s orbit, Hayabusa2 went to a safer distance from the crash site, according to the scientists. It released as well a tiny camera dubbed DCAM3 to record the crash as it happened. The camera floated for approximately a half-mile away.

Scientists found that the impact resulted in a 33-foot-wide crater on the asteroid’s ground. It sent up a bunch of material upon impact, which DCAM3 was able to shot in detail. The crater resembles a semicircle, comprising an elevated rim, an asymmetrical shape of discharged material, and a core pit, according to research. Scientists think the asymmetric shape resurfaced due to a more prominent boulder underneath the crater.

The Data Shed More Light On Planetary Formation

Based on what data they gather, scientists believe that the asteroid has an Earth-like sand material. The plume material resulted after the crash, never entirely separated from the ground due to Ryagu’s gravity. The asteroid is a spinning top-patterned and dark space object that has approximately 3,000 feet wide. The ground is full of boulders, and it’s also scorched. The material found helps scientists understand the planetary formation better than before.

“We need missions such as Hayabusa2 to visit the minor bodies that formed during the early stages of the Solar System in order to confirm, supplement or – with appropriate observations – refute the models,” explained Jorn Helbert, research co-author.