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The Allure Of Vertical Forests
Vertical Forest buildings are quickly gaining attention in the field of green and sustainable architecture, according to NYTimes.com.
The Vertical Forest prototype was first constructed four years ago in Milan, Italy, where a pair of apartment buildings also housed 21,000 plants and 20 species of birds.
Cities cover only about 3% of the Earth’s land, but they are responsible for 70% of the world’s energy consumption and 75% of the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. The beauty of incorporating more trees and plant life in urban architecture is that the trees both assist in absorbing carbon dioxide and in producing more oxygen.
The science is simple: Trees are the cheapest and most efficient way to absorb carbon dioxide. The 20,000 trees and plants across this pair of towers can transform approximately 44,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into oxygen each year. Trees, a perennial gift from nature, can also keep temperatures cool indoors and filter out fine dust particles and noise pollution from traffic below.
Vertical Forests are created for the building’s complex ecosystem to succeed in highly dense metropolitan areas. But proposals for a Forest City are also in the works in China. The various Vertical Forest-style buildings there would support an area of about 30,000 people.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations held the first World Forum on Urban Forests recently in Mantova, Italy, and 93 countries attended. They compared solutions and spoke about ways urban forests could be part of cities’ efforts to “stop and reverse” their positions on climate change.
Drinking Tea Improves Brain Health, Study Suggests
According to ScienceDaily.com, a recent study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) revealed that regular tea drinkers have better organized brain regions — and this is associated with healthy cognitive function — compared to non-tea drinkers. The research team made this discovery after examining neuroimaging data of 36 older adults.
The research team recruited 36 adults aged 60 and above, and gathered data about their health, lifestyle and psychological well-being. The elderly participants also had to undergo neuropsychological tests and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The study was carried out from 2015 to 2018.
Upon analysing the participants’ cognitive performance and imaging results, the research team found that individuals who consumed either green tea, oolong tea or black tea at least four times a week for about 25 years had brain regions that were interconnected in a more efficient way.
“Take the analogy of road traffic as an example — consider brain regions as destinations, while the connections between brain regions are roads. When a road system is better organised, the movement of vehicles and passengers is more efficient and uses less resources. Similarly, when the connections between brain regions are more structured, information processing can be performed more efficiently,” explains Assistant Professor Feng Lei, who is from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
He adds, “We have shown in our previous studies that tea drinkers had better cognitive function as compared to non-tea drinkers. Our current results relating to brain network indirectly support our previous findings by showing that the positive effects of regular tea drinking are the result of improved brain organization brought about by preventing disruption to interregional connections.”
Renowned Cardiologist Declares Barbecue Good for the Heart
National expert in nutritional diet and cholesterol, Dr. Rohit Arora, recently inked a deal to develop seven Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations, five of which are slated to open in the United States’ largest airports.
After 30 years of working in medicine and pioneering a devise for the cardiovascular field called an Enhanced External Counter-Pulsation (EECP), Arora is breaking into the food and beverage space with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. His first location is set to open in Chicago in late 2019 or early 2020.
“I was interested in pursuing a barbecue concept because I believe following a low-fat, high-protein diet and incorporating lifestyle modifications are key elements to maintaining a healthy heart,” says Dr. Rohit Arora, A board certified cardiologist practicing in Chicago, Illinois. “However, when researching franchising opportunities, no other concept compared to Dickey’s in terms of taste, quality, process and dietary complements.”
“At Dickey’s we believe barbecue is good for the heart and soul and we’re proud to have entrepreneurs such as Dr. Rohit who are as passionate about our food as we are join our family,” says Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.
Arora’s two flagship locations will be Chicago based with his first serving out of a traditional brick and mortar store and the other serving from a food truck for guests on the go.
Arora has also set his sights on bringing delicious, authentic Texas-style barbecue to five of the United States’ highest traffic airports: O’Hare and Midway in Illinois, La Guardia in New York, Newark in New Jersey and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.