Michelle De Pacina

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New study explains why you should spend less time thinking and more time sleeping

  • A new study published in the journal “Current Biology” on Thursday explained why thinking hard for several hours makes individuals tired and influences how people make low-cost action decisions.
  • Prolonged intense cognitive work causes a build up of potentially toxic byproducts in the prefrontal cortex of a human’s brain, which in turn affects an individual’s control over their decisions.
  • This directs one to perform actions that do not require effort or to do nothing at all as the cognitive fatigue takes hold.
  • Mathias Pessiglione, one of the authors of the study, said that there is no known way to avoid this mental limitation, but she pointed toward the practice of good sleep.

A new study explained why thinking hard for several hours makes individuals tired and influences how people make low-cost action decisions.

The researchers of the study, which was published in the journal “Current Biology” on Thursday, found that prolonged intense cognitive work causes a buildup of potentially toxic byproducts in the prefrontal cortex of a human’s brain. This buildup then affects an individual’s control over their decisions, causing one to do things that do not require effort or to do nothing at all as the cognitive fatigue takes hold..

Filipino fast food chain Jollibee to open flagship in Times Square with exclusive new menu

  • Filipino fast-food restaurant chain Jollibee will open a flagship restaurant in the heart of Times Square in New York City on Aug. 18.
  • It will be located beside the Good Morning America Studio and the Bow Tie of Midtown, where the Times Square Ball Drop takes place every year.
  • Besides serving its famous Chickenjoy and Peach Mango Pie, the flagship will also be introducing a new lineup of beef burgers, salads and sides.
  • The restaurant is expected to introduce the brand to mainstream American customers, according to Jollibee Foods Corporation.

Filipino fast-food restaurant chain Jollibee is set to open a flagship restaurant in the heart of Times Square in New York City.

Jollibee, which is known for its Filipino sweet-style spaghetti and its crispy fried chicken, will be opening its flagship restaurant at 1500 Broadway between West 43rd and 44th Streets on Aug. 18, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) announced on Friday.

‘Everyone gives so much love’: Fil-Am NBA player Jalen Green reconnects with Filipino roots in Manila

  • Jalen Green, the 20-year-old Filipino American NBA player, arrived in Manila on Wednesday for his “JG4 Manila Tour” with sports brand Adidas Philippines.
  • The JG4 Manila Tour is reportedly Green’s first event as an Adidas Global Ambassador and a full-fledged NBA player.
  • The tour centers on reconnecting him with his Filipino heritage and fans with “the authentic Manila experience through Philippine basketball and street culture.”
  • In a “Fast Talk” segment at a press conference on Thursday, the 20-year-old basketball player said his greatest motivation is his mother Bree Purganan, a native of Ilocos Sur.

Filipino American NBA player Jalen Green reconnected with his Filipino roots for his “JG4 Manila Tour” with sports brand Adidas Philippines.

The Houston Rockets guard arrived in Manila on Wednesday for a series of events by Adidas that center around reconnecting him with his Filipino heritage and fans.

Attorney of Irvine dermatologist accused of poisoning says Drano wasn’t meant for husband

  • Dr. Yue Emily Yu, a 45-year-old Southern Californian dermatologist, was arrested on Aug. 4 on suspicion of poisoning her radiologist husband, Dr. Jack Chen.
  • Chen submitted to the police three videos captured by a hidden camera in July that allegedly support his claim that his wife had been poisoning him.
  • Screenshots of a video, which were shared with news outlets, show Yu pouring Drano into a cup.
  • David Wohl, Yu’s attorney, claimed that she was using Drano for their kitchen’s plumbing issues.
  • Yu, who has not been charged, was released on Aug. 5 after posting her bond of $30,000.

The attorney of the Irvine dermatologist accused of poisoning her husband with drain cleaner claimed she was pouring Drano into a cup to fix plumbing issues.

Dr. Yue Emily Yu, a 45-year-old Southern Californian dermatologist, was arrested on Aug. 4 on suspicion of poisoning her radiologist husband, Dr. Jack Chen. 

Wash. jury sides with Issaquah officers accused of excessive force that killed an Alzheimer’s patient

  • A Washington federal jury sided with the two Issaquah police officers who were accused of using excessive force in restraining an Asian senior with Alzheimer’s disease, causing a neck injury that eventually led to his death in 2018.
  • Wangsheng Leng, 66, suffered a neck injury when officers Michael Lucht and Kylen Whittom pushed him onto a couch by his neck and handcuffed him during an incident they investigated as a domestic dispute on Aug. 5, 2018. Leng died a month after the incident.
  • The King County Medical Examiner ruled Leng’s death a homicide, which “occurred in circumstances involving the use of physical restraint.”
  • However, the defense attorney argued that Leng’s health conditions were unknown to the officers and claimed that Leng’s frailty and health problems contributed to his death.
  • David Owens, one of Yang’s attorneys, said the verdict was “more than disappointing” and that it was “a heartbreaking reminder that injustice perpetuates injustice.”

A Washington jury sided with the two Issaquah police officers who were accused of using excessive force in restraining an Asian senior with Alzheimer’s disease, causing a neck injury that eventually led to his death in 2018.

A seven-member federal jury in the U.S. District Court in Seattle unanimously sided with officers Michael Lucht and Kylen Whittom on June 16 on a 2019 lawsuit filed by the wife of the man with Alzheimer’s disease.

Malaysian man arrested for placing vape pen in baby’s mouth in viral video

  • A 23-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 8 in Johor, Malaysia, for placing an electronic cigarette in a baby’s mouth in an incident that was filmed and posted on social media.
  • The clip of the baby has amassed more than 947,000 views as of this writing.
  • The baby belongs to the man’s friend’s sister, according to North Johor Bahru district police commander Rupiah Abd Wahid. 
  • The child’s mother filed a police complaint after the incident went viral on social media.
  • Although the baby did not appear to be inhaling fumes from the allegedly non-functioning vape, the suspect may still be charged with exposing a child to danger. 
  • If the man is found guilty, he may face a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

A man in Malaysia was arrested for placing an electronic cigarette in a baby’s mouth in an incident that was filmed and posted on social media.

The unidentified 23-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 8 in the Malaysian state of Johor following a police complaint filed by the mother of the child after the clip went viral, having received over 947,000 views on Twitter as of this writing.

CCTV captures man making sure to pray to goddess before stealing temple’s donation box in India

  • A shirtless man in India was captured on surveillance camera praying to a Hindu goddess before stealing the temple’s donation box in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The surveillance footage went viral on social media, with many users sympathizing with the man who they believe may be in great need.
  • He reportedly stole three donation boxes and two big bells among other items that either belonged to the temple or were given to the goddess as an offering.
  • The Madhotal police station officers are currently searching for the thief with the help of the surveillance footage.

A man in India was captured on surveillance camera praying to a Hindu goddess before stealing the temple’s donation box.

In Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, a shirtless man with a face covering can be seen in surveillance footage entering a temple’s inner sanctum and praying to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi before stealing the donation box. 

Woman accidentally crashes her car through boba shop in Washington

  • Two women and a toddler were sitting at a table in Melody Boba House in Washington on Monday when a car came crashing through the windows closest to them at 2:36 p.m.
  • One of the women was pinned between the store counter and the car. She was brought to a hospital and is now at home in stable condition.
  • Police said an elderly woman driving the car accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. She was reportedly not cited.
  • As the bubble tea store is currently closed for restoration, the owner, Melody Choe, started a GoFundMe page to help support her employees, whose only source of income comes from working at her boba store.

The owner of a boba shop in Puyallup, Washington, is asking for donations to help fund her employees after a car crashed through her storefront on Monday.

Two women and a toddler were sitting at a table in Melody Boba House at Puyallup on Monday when a car came crashing through the windows closest to them at 2:36 p.m. 

Police arrest machete-wielding man in Honolulu Chinatown; suspects who struck him with SUV wanted for attempted murder

  • The Honolulu Police Department arrested a 30-year-old man who was wielding a machete in Chinatown in Honolulu on Monday night on suspicion of first degree terroristic threatening.
  • The man threatened three people with a machete during an altercation in North Beretania Street at about 9:50 p.m., according to the police.
  • In footage anonymously submitted to KITV, the man can be seen waving a machete in the street before being hit by a black car across from Chinatown Cultural Plaza.
  • The man’s condition and identity has not been released. There were no other reported injuries at the scene.
  • Authorities are still investigating the case.

Police arrested a man for allegedly threatening people with a machete in Honolulu’s Chinatown.

Honolulu Police Department arrested the 30-year-old man on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening on Monday night on North Beretania Street, Chinatown.

Police arrest ‘primary suspect’ in the killings of 4 Muslim men in Albuquerque

  • Muhammad Syed, 51, was arrested on Monday night as the “primary suspect” in the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Syed drove a Volkswagen Jetta that investigators believe was the vehicle used in at least one of the killings. Police also said they recovered multiple firearms from his home.
  • Police also found evidence that Syed knew all four victims to some extent and are currently investigating whether an interpersonal conflict may have led to the shootings.
  • Syedwas charged with the homicides of Aftab Hussein on July 26 and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain on Aug. 1.
  • Detectives are still working on potential charges for the 2021 killing of Mohammad Ahmadi and the Aug. 5 killing of Naeem Hussain.

Police have arrested the “primary suspect” in the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Muhammad Syed, a 51-year-old man from Afghanistan, was arrested on Monday night while he was heading east on Interstate 40. He was charged with the murders of two of the Muslim men, according to the Albuquerque police.

Singaporean man accused of smothering his ‘nagging’ wife to death in UK says he can’t remember killing her

smothering wife
  • Fong Soong Hert, 51, allegedly murdered his wife Pek Ying Ling, 51, by suffocating her to stop her from “nagging him” at the County Aparthotel in England on Dec. 6, 2021.
  • Fong pleaded guilty to manslaughter on March 18.
  • Although he accepted killing his wife, he told the Newcastle Crown Court on Monday that he has no recollection of the incident.
  • “I don’t remember, I really want to, I cannot explain,” he said. “I’m really desperate to understand what happened and what went wrong.”
  • The trial is still ongoing. In Britain, the maximum penalty for murder or manslaughter is life imprisonment.

A Singaporean man accused of smothering his wife to death while on vacation said he has no recollection of the incident last year.

Fong Soong Hert, 51, allegedly murdered his wife Pek Ying Ling, 51, by suffocating her with a pillow to stop her from “nagging him” at the County Aparthotel in Newcastle, England, on Dec. 6, 2021. 

‘Mind After Midnight’: Human brains are not meant to be awake late at night, says new study

  • An article published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Network Psychology in March suggests that when humans are awake after midnight, neurophysiological changes in the brain lead to more negative thoughts and harmful and impulsive behaviors.
  • The study suggests that the brain is not meant to be awake after midnight as decisions are likely to lead to addictive behaviors, including overeating, drinking, gambling or criminal activity.
  • The changes also cause people to see the world more negatively than they typically do during the day.
  • A 2019 study published in the journal Sleep Medicine found that young and middle-aged adults in Asia get the least sleep due to “higher work and educational demands in Asian countries.”

A new study suggests that when humans are awake after midnight, neurophysiological changes in the brain lead to more negative outcomes.

The researchers of the hypothesis, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Network Psychology in March, are calling for new studies on the human brain after they discovered evidence that when humans are awake during the biological circadian night, neurophysiological changes in the brain causes them to view the world negatively, engage in harmful behaviors and make impulsive decisions.