2022 Year Review
Chad replaced Bangladesh as the country with the most polluted air in 2022.With the only real-time, publicly available source of air quality data for the entire country of Chad being provided by a single air quality monitor in the city of N’Djamena, the spotlight on global air quality data coverage disparities shines bright on the continent of Africa, according to the 2022 World Air Quality Report.N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, ranked number one as the most polluted regional city with an annual average PM2.5 concentration of 89.7 µg/m3, a 12 percent increase from 2021, the report said.In 2022, Bangladesh ranked fifth in the overall rankings with 65.8 points. Read More: River pollution: Artists take to unique protest in Habiganj In some of the capital cities in the region (Dhaka, Bangladesh; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Islamabad, Pakistan; Colombo, Sri Lanka) the percentage of low-cost sensor stations is more than 80 percent.Iraq, Pakistan and Bahrain held the second, third, and fourth positions in the AQI ranking for 2022 respectively with 80.1, 70.9 and 66.6 points.The top five most polluted cities in the world in 2022 were: N’Djamena, Chad (89.7); New Delhi, India (89.1); Baghdad, Iraq (86.7); Manama, Bahrain (66.6); and Dhaka, Bangladesh (65.8).The 2022 World Air Quality Report reviewed the state of global air quality in the year. The study contains statistics on PM2.5 air quality from 7,323 cities in 131 nations, regions, and territories. Read More: Govt committed to doing all it can to defeat pollution: Environment MinisterThis report's data was compiled from over 30,000 regulatory air quality monitoring stations and low-cost air quality sensors, the report said. Governing authorities, research institutes, non-profit non-governmental groups, universities and educational facilities, commercial corporations, and citizen scientists run these monitoring stations and sensors all around the world, said the report.The PM2.5 data in this report is measured in micrograms per cubic meter (g/m3) and uses the World Health Organization (WHO) air quality recommendations and interim objectives from 2021 as a basis for data visualization and risk communication. Read More: 6 vehicles, 5 institutions fined in anti-pollution drive in Dhaka
Smartwatches have become an essential accessory for many people, offering more than just the timekeeping function of traditional watches. With the advancement of technology, smartwatches now come packed with a wide range of features such as fitness tracking, music playback, messaging, and even mobile payment options. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or a tech-savvy individual, there is a smartwatch out there for everyone. This article will take a look at some of the best smartwatches released in 2022 and 2023 so far, highlighting their features, specifications, prices, and what sets them apart from the rest. 10 Best Smartwatches of 2022 and 2023 Thus Far Apple Watch SE The Apple Watch SE is a popular and impressive smartwatch that offers nearly all of the features of the high-end Apple Watch at a more affordable price point. It came in September 2022. The watch comes in two sizes, 40mm, and 44mm, and offers features like GPS, wireless charging, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and LTE connectivity. The watch runs on WatchOS 7. Some advantages of the watch include its reasonable price, luxurious design, and large screen. However, it's only compatible with iPhones. The main drawback is the lack of a constant display. You can grab the smartphone for $299 or BDT 32,057. Read More: 4 Best Apple Watch Ultra Clone Reviews Apple Watch Series 7 The Apple Watch Series 7 features an enlarged, resilient display that stretches to the edge of the device, providing a brighter and clearer view. Although this model does not have any groundbreaking health features, it includes a few notable updates worth exploring, including various colors, swifter charging, and unique edge-to-edge watch faces, resulting in a desirable but incremental upgrade. The watch comes in five colors of aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium models, with a 20% larger display, a brighter always-on display, and a 33% faster charging system. Apple Watch Series 7 launched in September 2022. It has a price of $399 or BDT 42,778. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Earlier this year, Samsung released its own "Pro" smartwatch before Apple, although there are some differences between the two interpretations. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro comes equipped with a new health tracking feature that monitors body temperature, but its most notable attribute is its extended battery life. With a 590mAh battery, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro can last up to 80 hours, making it a great option for extended periods without access to charging. This feature comes in handy when embarking on multi-day excursions, ensuring that your watch and maps remain functional throughout the trip. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro became available in the market in August 2022 with a price of $455 or BDT 48,782. Read More: Oppo Reno 8T 5G Review: The Perfect Companion for Gamers and Multitaskers Google’s Pixel Watch The Pixel Watch is Google's latest smartwatch with a circular, dew-drop design that sets it apart from the competition. It features Google Assistant and Fitbit integration, making it a simple yet useful device for Android users, particularly those who appreciate Google's hardware design. While it may not be the most feature-packed smartwatch available, it's a great option for anyone looking for a stylish and functional device. Google’s Pixel watch hit the market in October 2022. It has a price of $349.99 or BDT 37,524. Apple Watch Ultra The Apple Watch Ultra breaks the mold, aiming at a niche customer without sacrificing function. While many non-professionals have opted for Apple's Pro products, the larger 49mm display, brighter screen, 36-hour battery life, 100-meter water resistance, and exclusive watch faces of the Apple Watch Ultra target the extreme-if-niche customer. This iteration is notably more independent than previous models, offering added freedom to its user. The result is a highly desirable, functional smartwatch that will appeal to both professional and everyday users alike. The Apple watch ultra made its first appearance in September 2022 and it costs $799 or BDT 85,665. Read More: Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Smartwatch Review with Price in Bangladesh
Millions of people worldwide choose different online video games as their pastimes. Bulks of paid online games are now available on several platforms, such as Windows Phone OS, Android, iOS, Symbian, and gaming consoles. The popular video game digital distribution service Steam has recently categorized the most played online video games of 2022 into several tiers like platinum, gold, silver, bronze, etc on the basis of revenues and year-end-sale of the yesteryear. Let’s take a look at the 'Platinum' tier of Steam's best-seller online game list of 2022. Top 11 Popular Online Video Games of 2022 Apex Legend A free-to-play battle royale game, Apex Legends was created by Respawn Entertainment and released by Electronic Arts. The fourth season of this multiplayer game. Up to twenty teams of three invade an island, scavenge for weapons and supplies, and engage in the battle to see who can win. The Titanfall games from Respawn Entertainment, of which Apex Legends is a part, all take place in the same fictional future. A lot of people think it's really good, and they think it can hold its own against the likes of Fornite Battle Royale Play, which was a huge hit last year. Respawn Entertainment developed the game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The 2019 release marked the game's debut. Read More: PC Games of 2023: 10 Most Anticipated Games for Desktops, Laptops Dying Light 2 Techland created and released the 2022 action role-playing game Dying Light 2: Stay Human. The sequel to Dying Light (2015), the game was published on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox on February 4, 2022. A cloud-based Nintendo Switch version is under development. The fighting, parkour system, and open environment were lauded, but the plot was criticized. Five million copies were sold in the first month of its release. The game takes place in Villedor, a vast metropolitan open environment in Europe that players are free to explore. The area, four times the original game's size, is divided into seven unique zones, each with its own landmarks and destinations. Read More: PUBG Mobile 2.3 Update: New Thrilling Features with Lionel Messi DOTA 2 It is a massively multiplayer online war arena created and distributed by Valve Corporation. The DOTA 2 video game is the sequel to the Blizzard Entertainment-developed Defense of the Ancients. And online DOTA 2 is played by two teams of five players. However, the objective of the game is to protect its distinct base Map. Each of the 10 players controls a unique, intriguing "Hero" character. Each hero in DOTA 2 has a distinct set of rules, abilities, and play style. The game was first launched by Valve Corporation in 2015. The game is accessible on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
Though unveiling new surprises in the new year has started, there is a shadow of 2022 inside everything. Film festivals are echoing the buzz of South Indian movies of yesteryear. After the pandemic, a bunch of cinemas was released in the Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada film industries. However, not all movies got the same success. Let's take a look at the IMDB’s list of the highest-grossing South Indian movies in 2022. Top 10 Highest-Grossing South Indian Movies in 2022 KGF Chapter 2 ~ USD 160 million worldwide This sequel to the 2018 hit film K.G.F: Chapter 1 was directed and written by Prashant Neel. After establishing himself as the king of the Kolar Gold Fields, the killer Rocky must now deal with adversaries and government officials. Moreover, another bigger challenge before him is his own past. Produced by Hombale Films, the Kannada film starred Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Prakash Raj, and Archana Jois. The period action film released on 14 April 2022 grossed USD 124 million domestically. It currently has an IMDb rating of 8.3. Read more: 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2023: Unleash the Craze of Movie Mania RRR ~ USD 150 million worldwide Directed by SS Rajamouli, this Telugu film is currently the jewel of the Indian film industry. Because it won the Best Song award at this year's Golden Globes. The DVV Entertainment production was co-written by Rajamouli himself along with V Vijayendra Prasad. The main story is set in the 1920s, depicting the friendship of two Indian revolutionaries, Raju and Bhima, and their deadly struggle against the British Empire. N T Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan were in the lead roles. And they were accompanied by Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Shriya Sharan, and Samuthirakani. Released on 25 March 2022, the film grossed USD 117 million in India alone. This blockbuster has a current rating of 7.9 on IMDb. Read More: Indian Movie RRR’s Success at Golden Globe 2023 Vikram ~ USD 69 million worldwide It was a Tamil film directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, produced and starring Kamal Haasan. The script of the action thriller was written by Rathna Kumar and Lokesh. This second installment of the Lokesh cinematic universe after Kaithi (2019) released on 3 June 2022. Apart from Kamal, the film also starred Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Narain, Chemban Vinod Jose, and Kalidas Jayaram. The film grossed over USD 16.9 million from the Indian subcontinent. The film's current IMDb rating stands at 8.4. Ponniyin Selvan 1 ~ USD 63 million worldwide This epic adventure Tamil film was directed by Mani Ratnam. The movie's writing team consisted of Elango Kumaravel, B Jayamohan, and Ratnam himself. Its story was adapted from Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1955 novel Ponnayan Selvan. Produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, this historical action film released on 30 September 2022. Read More: 2022 Highest Grossing Movies Worldwide The film's large ensemble cast includes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Karthi, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Shovita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lakshmi, R Sarathkumar, and Prakash Raj. The story of the film revolves around the early life of Arulmoji Varman, the famous emperor Chola prince from 947-1014 AD. The film became the first Tamil movie to gross more than USD 69 million from all over India. The current IMDb rating of the movie is marked at 7.8. Kantara ~ USD 56 million worldwide This action thriller film was produced by Hombale Films of the Kannada cinema industry. The film will show the conflict between a Kambala champion and an upright forest official Murali. The movie was written and directed by Rishabh Shetty who also played the lead role. Read More: Top 10 Upcoming South Indian Films in January 2023 Released on 30 September 2022, the film crossed USD 24.6 million in net collections domestically on its 30th day. After six weeks, the film started breaking Baahubali 2's record. The film currently has a rating of 8.4 on IMDb.
2022 was a memorable year for the silver screen, as some of the highest-grossing films attracted enormous crowds back to theaters throughout the year. It seems that the delight of viewing fascinating tales on the big screen returned with a boom after two years of repression due to the epidemic. Films performed brisk business and gave the cinematic experience a fresh lease of life. Let’s take a look at the top 10 cinemas worldwide that made highest earning in 2022. World’s Top 10 Highest Grossing Films in 2022 Top Gun The picture had a budget of 170 million dollars, but it grossed approximately $1.5 billion worldwide; thus, it was certain to be profitable. Top Gun: Maverick has already moved up to the 10th spot on the list of the highest-grossing films of all time, dislodging Furious 7. It has been speculated that Miles Teller will play the lead role in a new installment of the Top Gun series that will be dubbed Top Gun: Rooster. It would seem that Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski, who is a filmmaker, are also participating. It is hoped that this time, Maverick and Rooster will be successful in tracking down the Russians. The movie was released on 27th May, 2022, and collected $126,707,459 in the opening weekend. The movie got an overall score of 8.4 out of 10 on IMDb, and its cast includes Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Val Kilmer. Read More: 5 Must-watch Hrithik Roshan Movies Avatar: The Way of Water The second installment in James Cameron's epic Avatar trilogy, The Way of Water premiered on 6th December 2022 in London and later it got the theatrical release in the USA on 16th December. It received an enormous response from the audience and earned $134,100,226 in the opening weekend. It follows Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaa), the protagonists from the previous film, as they explore the waters of the planet Pandora with their family. The sequel, which has been universally praised by reviewers, is predicted to earn between $1.6 billion and $1.9 billion by the conclusion of its theatrical run, according to reports. The movie is running with a 7.9 rating on IMDb. Apart from the protagonists, the movie also stars Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang. Read More: Siam in line for first National Award, Nonajoler Kabbo to win big Jurassic World Dominion Dinosaurs and humans are compelled to coexist four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), which leads to multiple encounters that are hazardous to both species. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) must put their lives in danger to defend everyone they care about, even dinosaurs, as human greed introduces a new threat. Jurassic Park: Dominion, theatrically released on 10th June 2022, made $145,075,625 in the opening weekend. It is praised for reuniting three of the movie's most well-known stars: Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill. It has earned around $1 billion world wide with an IMDb 5.6 rating. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness The 28th movie in the MCU is a follow-up to Doctor Strange and is directed by Sam Raimi. Following the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and WandaVision (2021). Strange and Chavez seek assistance from other sorcerers, notably Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), to fight an unidentified foe after sensing a greater danger to all worlds. The movie has an overall score of 6.9 out of 10 on IMDb and collected $187,420,998 on the opening weekend after it hit theaters on 6th May, 2022. Read More: ‘I wasn’t necessarily acting’: Chanchal Chowdhury on ‘Karagar-2’ Minions: The Rise of Gru The Rise of Gru is the highest-grossing animated picture released on 1st July 2022, surpassing even the widely anticipated, high-budgeted live-action feature The Batman. It has an opening weekend collection of $107,000,000. It has multiple directors like Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, and Jonathan del Val. The comedy series is about 12-year-old Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his troop of charming yellow critters called Minions (voiced by Pierre Coffin for multiple characters). Gru wants to become a supervillain, but he becomes caught in a plot. It is then up to his subordinates to save their leader. The Rise of Gru ended with a total $939M and a 6.6 IMDb rating.
2022 has been an exciting year for tech, especially for mobile devices. This was the year that can be defined as when midrange became great and flagship smartphones became even better. Regardless, the top-of-the-line from established brands has seen some serious strides in performance, camera, and the game-changing charging system. With that said, here’s our list of the most exciting flagship smartphones released in 2022 in Bangladesh. 8 Best Flagship Smartphones Released in 2022 It's important to note that most top-of-the-line high-end models don’t get officially launched in Bangladesh by the brand themselves. In those cases, the device either becomes available unofficially or through a retail distributor of the brand. For the sake of relevance, we have considered both officially and unofficially available devices. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G Released on February 2022, the S22 Ultra was the culmination of the best that Samsung had to offer. It featured a stunning Dynamic AMOLED panel with a 2K panel. The device was powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with a minimum of 8 GB RAM on board. Read More: Samsung Galaxy S22 vs S22 Plus vs S22 Ultra: Comparison of features, specs The main camera is a 108 MP sensor coupled with a 12 MP ultrawide and two 10 MP telephoto and periscope telephoto lenses. The camera system is undoubtedly some of the best in its class. This year, the S pen has moved to the S series of a smartphone with the Ultra. The device comes with a 5000 mAh battery on board with a 45W fast charger. The price of the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G phone is 61000 BDT and 72000 BDT for the 8/12 GB variant and 8/256 GB variant respectively. Read More: Top 10 Most Exciting Innovations of 2022 in Technology Vivo X80 Pro The X line from Vivo has always been reserved for the best of the best Vivo has to offer. And last year, it was no different. Vivo launched the year’s flagship, the X80 Pro in early April. The X80 Pro comes with a stacked 2K resolution panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. Vivo used a region-specific chipset with some regions getting the 8 Gen 1 from Snapdragon. Other got the Dimensity 9000 from MediaTek. Regardless, the performance has been top-notch on both processors. The camera also deserves special mention with its quad-sensor setup. Each camera proved its worth meaning none were added just for the sake of additional sensors. The 4700 mAh battery might be smaller for a flagship standard. But the included 80W fast charging can top up the device from zero to full in under 40 minutes. Read More: Vivo X80 Pro 5G Review: Is it a reasonable flagship Smartphone? The launch price of the base variant was around $813 which roughly translates to 86554 BDT (1 USD = 106 BDT). OnePlus 10 Pro 5G The first device from OnePlus in 2022 was their flagship, the OnePlus 10 Pro. The device had a lot of buzz around the camera system as it was the second collaboration between Hasselblad and OnePlus. The device featured absolutely stacked specs with a quad HD display and 120 Hz refresh rate. It also featured top of a line Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. The phone also revamped the camera system with a 48 MP main shooter, 8 MP telephoto, and a 50 MP wide-angle shooter. The device also brought fast 80W fast charging that can go from zero to 100% in 32 minutes. Read More: OnePlus 10 Pro Review: Does it live up to the expectations? Initially, the price of the OnePlus 10 Pro was very high. But after the release of the 10T, OnePlus has repeatedly slashed the price. The base variant of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is now available for around 65,000 BDT. Google Pixel 7 Series The Pixel 7 series was released in early October 2022. The phone is a complete revamp from the traditional Pixel series which was initiated with the 6 series. Many major review sites as well as YouTubers like Mrwhosetheboss and Marques Brownlee named the Pixel 7 Pro as their top smartphone of 2022. The Pixel 7 Pro comes with a quad HD AMOLED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. On the other hand, the regular Pixel 7 comes with an HD+ panel and a 90 Hz refresh rate. Both devices are powered by Tensor G2, a modified OEM processor from Google made in collaboration with Samsung. On the benchmark aspect, the G2 doesn’t really compete with the likes of the A16 bionic or the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. But given the AI capabilities as well as Google’s ML tech makes the device a far more complete experience than anything out there. Read More: Google Pixel 7 Series Review: What’s New Google has also hit it out of the park in the camera department. The 50 MP main sensor combined with Google’s post-processing magic takes the most advanced photos on any mobile device today. The Pixel 7 and the 7 Pro retails for $599 and $899 respectively which roughly amounts to 61,708 BDT and 92,614 BDT respectively. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 The list won’t be complete if we didn’t add a foldable to it. Samsung has been a pioneer in the foldable smartphone game and has since produced quite a few iterations. The Z Fold4 featured the best of 2022 packed in a dual-display device. The cover display is a 6.2-inch one with the inner foldable screen having a 7.6-inch size. The device is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip based on the 4 Nm architecture. The camera sensor has also been upgraded with the main shooter being a 50 MP one. The other two sensors are a 10 MP telephoto as well as a 12 MP ultrawide shooter. Even though the inner panel is almost the size of a small tab, Samsung has limited the battery size to 44mAh. Read More: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 Review: Multitasking King for Utilitarian Users The price of the Z Fold4 is $1064 which retails to about 1,10,122 BDT. But the retail price in the local market is much higher due to several supply-side constraints. Xiaomi 13 Pro Xiaomi always saves the best for the last. And this year too, the company has introduced their flagship device on 14th December 2022. The 13 Pro features a quad HD 120 Hz display with LTPO AMOLED technology. The crisp high dynamic display is coupled by the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor which will be standard for flagship android devices coming out in 2023. Read More: 10 Top Budget Smartphones Released in 2022 Xiaomi also outdid themselves on the camera aspect. All the three main, ultrawide and telephoto sensors on the back are 50 MP shooters co-powered by Leica. The 4820 mAh battery comes with 120W fast charging. It can take the device from zero to 100% in under 20 minutes. The current price of the Xiaomi 13 Pro is $899 or 93,044 BDT. But the device hasn’t officially become available in Bangladesh yet. Apple iPhone 14 Series The anticipation of a new iPhone series remains at an all-time high every year. So we’ve saved the best for the last. Apple unveiled the new 14 series at their September event which became synonymous with iPhone releases. Read More: Apple iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13: Which is the Better Deal? This year, the changes are more incremental than ever on the base variant of the iPhone 14. It carries over the same chip and display from last year with some minor improvements in the camera department. Even though the improvements are minor, both the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will be a great pick given how powerful A15 bionic chip was. On the Pro end of things, the changes are more visible. Even though the outer design is more or less same, the camera housing is now larger to accommodate the 48 MP main sensor. In another industry-revolutionizing turn, Apple has introduced a pill-shaped camera and sensor cutout on the front. The device also comes with the latest A16 bionic chip, the fastest chip on any mobile device out there. The retail price of iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max are $799, $899, $999 and $1099, respectively. But given the high demand and relatively low supply d,ue to several supply-side constraints, the devices aren’t readily available in the local market. The existing prices are much higher compared to the retail price even for the unofficial variants so beware of that. Read More: iPhone 14: Cheapest in which countries? Oppo Reno 9 Pro Kicking off the list with a late release of 2022. The Oppo Reno 9 Pro was released on 2nd December as the upper mid-range flagship device from the company. The Reno series has essentially become synonymous with Oppo’s high-end offering. The device boasts a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel using Asahi glass protection. The whopping 16 GB of RAM for both variants is coupled with a MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max processor. Camera performance is also great with a dual camera setup. The main sensor is a 50 MP shooter with an 8 MP ultrawide accompanying the charade. Read More: January 2023 New Release: Top 10 Upcoming Smartphones in Bangladesh The launch price of the device was 470 EUR for the base 16/256 GB variant. That roughly translates to 53,392 BDT (1 EUR = 113 BDT). Bottom Line The year 2022 has been quite exciting in terms of tech releases. The top line of smartphones has been game changers in certain aspects be it the camera, battery, or performance. So far, we have highlighted the 8 best flagship phones released in 2022. Pick the one which suits you the most.
2022 was a year full of inventions and innovations. Last year there have been considerable strides in almost all spheres of the scientific periphery. From efficient renewable energy to life-like robots, the year tested the limit of possibilities. Perhaps some of the most considerable progress has been made in the field of medical sciences ranging from improved diagnostics to path-breaking cures. Here is our pick of the 11 best medical science innovations of 2022. 11 Most Significant Innovations in Medical Science in 2022 PSMA Diagnostics for Efficient Prostate Cancer Diagnostics Prostate cancer has been a growing concern in men’s health over the last few decades. About 13% of the total male population is at risk of prostate cancer, with people over 65 being the primary patients. It is also common among non-Hispanic races and poses serious complications if not treated at the nascent stage. The conventional diagnosis uses bone and CT scanning, which might often fail to detect the cancer-forming tumor at the early stage. But a new diagnosis using Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen or PSMA, which is predominantly found on the surface tissue of the tumor has been discovered. This will allow accurate diagnostics at the onset which will dramatically reduce later-stage complications. Read More: 10 Greatest Female Scientists of All Time New Breakthrough in LDL Cholesterol Reduction High cholesterol level in the blood has been the leading cause of cardiovascular diseases across the globe. Studies showed that LDL or Low-Density Lipoproteins were the leading cause of hypercholesterolemia which is the root of different cardiovascular complications. Until recently, statins were considered the best medication for treating hypercholesterolemia and it requires regular administration. But a recent breakthrough in LDL research has shown inclisiran to have a better effect in reducing the LDL level in blood. The drug was first approved in 2019 and went on as a regular administrative drug in 2022. Compared to statins, inclisiran requires only two administrations per year for effective reduction. Improved Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Diabetes has been a serious problem in the US as well across regions across the globe. The seemingly incurable disease has to be controlled with a strict diet to keep the blood sugar level low. The long-traditional method of controlling type 2 diabetes has been to inject external insulin to make up for the lack of physical production. In most cases, it requires daily administration under the skin. But a recent breakthrough study suggests that instead of injecting external insulin, glucose-based insulinotropic polypeptide and glucagon-based peptide can be administered to stimulate the pancreas to naturally produce insulin. Moreover, this drug can be administered once every week. Read More: How Can Artificial Intelligence Improve Healthcare? Treatment of Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression is a serious maternity-related problem. Even though the registered cases of the same are low. That is because in most cases, the issue is overlooked and remains undiagnosed. Especially in underdeveloped and developing countries. If untreated, postpartum depression can cause stress-related mental illness as well as physical harm. A breakthrough study on postpartum depression shows that there is a new therapy. It uses neurosteroids to stimulate the brain away from depression. The therapy is a 60-hour long procedure that needs to be administered after the onset of the first sign. Breakthrough Treatment for HCM Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a rare yet deadly disease relating to the cardiovascular system of the human body. The disease is often linked to genetic conditions that cause the head muscles to respond irregularly to natural stimuli. And that results in overdriving or spasming the heart. To this day, there has been no formal cure to treat the problem. Most of the drugs administered are secondary recessive measures for similar cardiovascular problems. But this new therapy consisting of several treatments using beta blockers, anticoagulants, and other chemicals aims to halt the progression of the disease. While it still won’t be able to cure the disease, it will be able to drastically reduce the progression of the same. Read More: Successful transplant of pig's heart into a human body for the first time Motor Movement for Severe Paralysis Every year, around a quarter to half a million people suffer from some form of paralysis globally. This astounding number not only renders the patient immobile at times but also causes physical deterioration over time. A group of scientists has come up with a neural signaling process to give back some form of voluntary motor functions to severely paralyzed patients. The technology uses implants to understand brain signals and convert them to motor functions for the paralyzed part using external gear. Currently, the groups are working with hand and body movement. Micro Robotics for Endodontic Diagnostics It's fascinating how no two humans in this world have the exact same dental structure. Yet the diagnostics of endodontic treatment doesn’t even go beyond the genders. This seemingly singular diagnostic method is coming to an end thanks to micro robotic applications in the process. Studies showed that microrobots can be inserted in the root canal without secondary incisions to get a better idea and depth of the problem. Doctors will then be able to tailor patient-specific treatment approaches which were not available before. Read More: Jute Sanitary Napkins: Bangladeshi scientist Farhana Sultana got awarded for eco-friendly innovation Optical Fiber Imaging for Alzheimer's Diagnosis Alzheimer's is still one of those diseases without any cure. Scientists are still trying to understand the underlying cause and the effect it has on the brain on long time progression. The American Institute of Physics has recently developed an optical fiber imaging system to better understand how Alzheimer's progresses. Doctors now have the highest resolution imaging of the brain to study progression while applying this least invasive method. Vaccine of Malaria While the world recovers from the grappling consequence of the pandemic, the scientists at Oxford University have successfully invented a vaccine for one of the leading causes of child mortality in the world, malaria. The preliminary trial run was conducted on children in Burkina Faso with results suggesting an 80% success rate in preventing the disease. This vaccine which is slated to go on mass production this year would be the single biggest advancement in reducing child mortality in central Africa. Read More: Telangana's 'Medicines From The Sky' project utilizes drones in health care Sebum Test for Parkinson’s Diagnostics Diagnosing Parkinson’s disease follows a long and tedious process that often requires highly invasive procedures. But thanks to the newly developed technology, scientists can now use the sebum produced from the Sebaceous glands to efficiently identify Parkinson’s disease. Sebum is basically oil secreted from under the skin. Scientists have found that over 500 components of the sebum differ between a regular person and a Parkinson’s patient. The process is not only efficient but also ensures as little invasion in diagnostics as possible. mRNA Vaccine Research RNA is a primary component that is used to understand the effect of disease and potentially create a vaccine for the same. Without effective understanding, separation, and purification of RNA, it would take scientists years to come up with a potential cure for any new disease. Thanks to the ongoing research, we are finally in the next generation of the mRNA vaccine identification process. This technology has been aggregated more by the effective invention and application of the Covid 19 vaccines. With this technology, scientists will now be able to create vaccines or cures for potential new diseases at a much faster rate. Read More: Top 10 Most Exciting Innovations of 2022 in Technology Final Words The year 2022 saw some great advancements in the field of medical sciences. Even though the world is still combatting the effect of the Coronavirus, it is the concerted effort of innovations and technology that has helped to reduce the impact. Besides Covid-19, innovations in different streams have led to more effective diagnosis, cure, and vaccination than was possible before. So far, we have reviewed 11 pioneer innovations in medical science in 2022. Hopefully, in 2023, medical research will bring more advanced inventions for the greater benefit of human beings.
2022 was a year of revelation in more ways than one for the over-the-top (OTT) platforms of Bangladesh, a rising medium in the country following the footsteps of global ones such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, and Disney Hotstar. When it comes to the potential audience base in Bangladesh, OTT platforms are just getting started here. But with rising demand, driven by local content and live sports, the future looks promising. The pandemic was not over this year. But carrying the success of the pandemic-induced 2020-2021 forward, the local OTT platforms – namely Chorki, HoiChoi, Bioscope, and Binge – brought several contents to enthral the audience. On December 18, a record 15.5 million unique viewers watched the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final between Argentina and France on Toffee, the only digital entertainment app which livestreamed the sports event in Bangladesh, said Banglalink which operates the platform. Read: The year in music: A melodious, rocking 2022 Also, Toffee hit a new milestone garnering around 1 billion views of "the greatest show on earth," it added. Football fans across the country turned to Toffee to enjoy every World Cup match, starting from November 18 to December 18. For the first time in Bangladesh, millions of viewers opted for a digital platform to watch the tournament, which was previously only broadcast on TV. Also, over the last two years, the rise of OTT platforms not only offered a breath of fresh air to audiences but also helped many popular actors and creators to rediscover and redefine their acting skills and explore the magic of creative independence. Read: Fuad enthrals Dhaka with popular tracks in night of nostalgia Seasoned and popular actors, including Intekhab Dinar, Afran Nisho, Chanchal Chowdhury, Mosharraf Karim, Apurba, Siam Ahmed, Ziaul Haque Polash, Pritom Ahmed, Mehazabien Chowdhury, Nazifa Tushi, Tasnia Farin and others were seen in different dramas and web series, and they received profound success and critical acclaim for their performances. Content makers and directors such as Nuhash Humayun, Shihab Shaheen, Tanim Nur, Syed Ahmed Shawki, Ashfaq Nipun, Raihan Rafi, Vicky Zahed, Amitabh Reza and others mesmerised the audiences throughout the year with content such as "Kaiser," "Pet Kata Shaw," "Karagar," "Syndicate," "Bodh," "Sabrina," "Punorjonmo" and others. "Shaaticup" from Chorki was a breakout content of the year, directed by Mohammad Touqir Islam which narrated a crime thriller featuring Rajshahi's local dialect and a cast of 137 actors for its eight episodes. Young filmmaker Nuhash Humayun, however, was the standout filmmaker on the web this year for glamorising the horror genre. His web series "Pett Kata Shaw" by Chorki starring Shohel Mondol, Shirin Akter Shila, Afzal Hossain, Chanchal Chowdhury, Pritom Hasan, Masuda Khan, Novera Rahman and more garnered massive appraisal from audiences and critics for being the modern revival of the mysterious and lurid plots of traditional Bengali folk tales, earning him an official selection for the upcoming 52nd edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Read More: 5 Best Movies of Vidya Balan Nuhash's other major project of 2022 representing the same genre, "Moshari," earned him two awards at two "Oscar-qualifying" film festivals (HollyShorts Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival). Earlier this year, he got signed with the Hollywood agencies Anonymous Content and Creative Artists Agency, and later he made the Halloween special dark-comedy "Foreigners Only" from the global OTT platform Hulu as its first Bangladeshi content maker. Also, the year 2022 has, perhaps, been the most eventful one for the big screen compared to recent years. In January, the seventeenth biennale edition of the Bangladesh Film Artistes' Association (BFAA) election was held, resulting in veteran silver screen actor Ilias Kanchan getting elected as the new president for 2022-2024. Read More: ‘I wasn’t necessarily acting’: Chanchal Chowdhury on ‘Karagar-2’ The talk of the town, however, was the post of the general secretary (GS) – for which, actor Zayed Khan was declared the winner over actress Nipun Akter in a close contest. But Nipun refused the result and filed an appeal to the Election Appeal Board of the BFAA. After that, the board declared Nipun as the GS. Then Zayed filed a writ petition against the decision to the High Court of the Supreme Court. In March, the court cleared the way for Zayed to serve as the GS of the BFFA after striking down the decision of the Election Appeal Board of the association. Next Nipun filed a petition against the decision to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. Read More: Netflix New Release January 2023: 10 Most Hyped English Movies, Series In November, after months of back-and-forth between Nipun and Zayed, the Appellate Division finally cleared the way for Nipun to serve as the GS. Of all the films released this year, two Dhallywood films – "Hawa" and "Poran" – were the most notable and successful ones, breaking records everywhere. Raihan Rafi directed Poran starring Sariful Razz, Bidya Sinha Mim and Yash Rohan and inspired by the Rifat murder case in Barishal, competed against another much-talked-about film, Ananta Jalil starrer and produced "Din – The Day" on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha this year. Poran was acclaimed by both the audiences and the multiplex and single-screen owners while Ananta and director – Iranian filmmaker Morteza Atashzamzam threatened legal actions against each other following several suave exchanges of verbal blows between them surrounding the real budget and release of the movie. Read More: Top 10 Upcoming South Indian Films in January 2023 However, the biggest blockbuster over recent years was Mejbaur Rahman Sumon directed film "Hawa." The Chanchal Chowdhury-Nazifa Tushi-Shariful Razz starrer film garnered a massive audience response across the country and broke revenue records both at home and beyond while creating a great buzz on mainstream and social media with its catchy songs like "Shada Shada Kala Kala" and "Aat Ta Baje Deri Korish Na." The cinema industry also observed other major releases this year, including Siam Ahmed starrer "Shaan" and "Operation Sundarbans," Shakib Khan's "Golui" and "Bidrohi," Sariful Razz-Bidya Sinha Mim and Siam starrer "Damal," and Jaya Ahsan's "Beauty Circus." Mim, Nazifa Tushi and Puja Cherry were the breakout actresses in the industry this year. Shabnam Bubly, Apu Biswas, Pori Moni and Barsha remained embroiled in controversy for their comments and fights throughout 2022. Read More: 'Adventure of Sundarban': Trail of children's film starring Pori Moni, Siam released However, the entire film fraternity was seen unified in support of acclaimed filmmaker Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, and his battle against the Censor Board for the release of his much-anticipated film "Shonibar Bikel" (Saturday Afternoon).
Every year, tech specialists, engineers and scientists continuously delve into breaking new barriers in innovation and technology. It’s like unsatiated need of humen to surmise the ultimate answer to life and everything. And unlike Doughlas Adam’s conclusion of 42, the grand scheme of understanding the unknown continues. Let's take a look at the 10 most popular technological innovations of 2022. 10 Biggest Innovations of 2022 in Technology The list doesn’t limit itself to any specific stream or industry. Rather we look at innovations that brought a collective impact on humankind and made a long stride in shaping the future. The James Webb Space Telescope The James Webb Space Telescope has been a revolutionary invention in the field of astronomy and space exploration. The telescope formally replaced the Hubble telescope, which has been mankind’s primary eye into distant galaxies. The JWST has a sensor three times larger than the departing Hubble telescope. With a two-decade development and 9.7 billion dollars of investment, we are now seeing the star systems and galaxies as far as 13 billion light-years away in stellar resolution. From Alpha Centauri to the Pillar of Creation, JWST is indeed mankind’s next big leap after Armstrong’s famous footstep on the lunar surface. Read More: New space telescope shows Jupiter's auroras, tiny moons Parallel Reality by Delta Parallel Reality by Delta aims to bring a personalized experience to every public interaction. Consider going to an airport and squinting at the large panel trying to figure out your flight details. What if we told you that now the large panel will use the entire panel to display your flight information as soon as you scan your ticket? Sounds like a dream, right? Especially with thousands of others wanting the same? Parallel reality uses a specialized augmented reality that can revert light in 18,000 different directions. Meaning at least 18,000 people can access the panel at the same time and get customized outputs based on their needs. This truly is the future of public tech interaction. Color Changing Cars Another fun innovation of 2022 has to be the BMW IX Flow. The car is still in its development phase, but BMW has recently shown off its patented technology of a car that can change colors based on your preference. The inner ambient lighting has been the main innovation focus for all these years. For the exterior, the shade that you get would typically be the final choice. But with this revolutionary new technology, you can take your car exterior from pitch black to snow white. There really is no limit to the possibilities. Read More: 10 Greatest Female Scientists of All Time BMW has come up with a hybrid e-ink technology that can mimic colors. This has been done without compromising the outer rigidity of the car shell. The Luxury Electric Car Tesla is the pioneer of the electric car revolution that started several decades ago. Back in the day, electric cars weren’t practical even let alone be a comfortable daily driver. With the innovation and logistical support of Tesla, electric cars aren’t just a daily driver anymore, and it has seen some of the highest adoption rates in recent years. But there is no limit to innovation. Lucid, a company based in the USA, has decided to take things even further. Enter Lucid Air EV, the world’s first proper luxury Sedan powered by a completely electric powertrain. Besides the luxury aspect, the car has a better range, better-charging speed, and better performance compared to a standard Tesla Model S. The reality of an electric future isn’t really a dream anymore. Read More: Apple Car: The Leaks and Rumors Combatting Deepfakes The term deepfake has become ever-popular thanks to the revolutionary stride in AI in recent years. Deepfakes or modified visual content are now truer than ever and that poses benefits as well as risks. While it's great for AR and VR, it is also paving the way for personal harassment and insurance fraud. Truepic Lens aims to combat the growing nuisance created by deepfake by analyzing the content. The company calls it “glass to glass” analysis, where they check that the lens glass captures are accurate to the ones you are seeing in your display. They use different AI, layering, and metadata analyses to conclude whether any digital media has been manipulated using deepfake or not. Robots are More Life-like than Ever The concept of robots has long evolved from mechanical to actual functional units and more recently, to a humanoid concept. The idea is to replicate robots as close to humans as possible. The scientists at Engineered Arts have created Ameca, a fusion of AI and human-like motion. The humanoid AI platform Ameca has been created to replicate humans as naturally and fluidly as possible. The robot can express emotions, and facial responses and even move around in the most realistic way to date. Read More: Ameca: World’s Most Realistic Advanced Humanoid Robot AI Platform Diverting an Asteroid Do you remember that Bruce Willis film called Armageddon? The plot revolves around a team of astronauts who successfully diverts an asteroid to save humanity. Over two decades on from the fictional world of the movies, NASA has been successful in diverting the course of Dimorphos asteroid with their DART mission. And you guessed it, NASA force crashed a 1,100-pound spacecraft into the surface of Dimorphos to effectively alter its course. This gave NASA important data to analyze diversions should there be an asteroid crisis in the future. DALL E 2: The Revolutionary Text to Imaging AI With the hot debate of whether AI art is art or not aside, there has been a considerable stride in using AI to morph images. While previously it required a subject or a reference for the work, the revolutionary breakthrough by Open AI has paved the way for text to the imaging process. It essentially means that you can feed a prompt to the AI, and based on your details, DALL E 2 will come up with a photorealistic result. The results are almost eerily accurate to what you might be visualizing in your head, and Open AI thinks this could be a breakthrough point in how we interact with AI or use AI per se. Read More: How Can Artificial Intelligence Improve Healthcare? Chat GPT If DALL E 2 fascinated you, wait till you hear what else Open AI has developed in 2022. One of their latest beta creations is the Chat GPT. This is essentially like your personalized AI assistant. It can answer any query you throw at it. It can plan a schedule, a marketing timeline, write professional emails, and whatnot. It can even write poems. Sounds unreal? Well, here is the result when I asked Chat GPT to write me a poem on a gloomy day. Have a look. It's crazy and borderline spooky how good, and accurate Chat GPT gets things done, all the while being in beta testing mode. If the event was a giant leap towards advancement, then AI assistants will certainly give it a full shape. 3D Printed Coral Reefs We saved the best for the last. With almost 25% of all the aquatic life finding their habitat in coral reefs, they must be preserved. But with global warming and rising sea levels, the growth of new coral reefs is being hindered. The Scientist at Technion Institute of Technology has come up with a solution to 3D print coral reefs using terracotta clay. The modular structure would be made to replicate the natural habitat of the localized aquatic life. The scientists associated with the project hope that this will help to create a more robust aquatic ecosystem and potentially restore endangered species. Read More: Best Free Data Science, Machine Learning Courses Online Final Words So far, we have discussed 10 most exciting technological innovations of 2022. Not to mention, 2022 has been an amazing year of inventions and innovations. There have been considerable strides in AI, and renewable energy as well as in combating the problems created by global warming. As we move towards 2023, the expectations are very high with what the new year will bring for all of us.
Cricket is a beloved game, watched and enjoyed by millions around the world. It has been an exciting year for the sport, with some thrilling matches and moments that will never be forgotten. From the T20 World Cup to Bangladesh’s win against India, cricket fans were treated to a year of incredible action. In this article, we will be taking a look back at some of the most memorable cricket events of 2022, providing a comprehensive review of the year in cricket. We will look at the big wins, the epic collapses, and the individual performances that made this year so memorable. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the 2022 cricket year in review! 11 Biggest Cricket Events in 2022 There are several major cricket events that are held at the international level, as well as at the domestic level within individual countries. Read on to learn more. June 7, 2022: Sri Lanka vs Australia Host After visiting Australia last year, Sri Lanka hosted Australia this year for Test, One Day, and T20 matches. The Australia men’s cricket team toured Sri Lanka in June and July 2022 to play two Tests, five One Day Internationals (ODIs), and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). The Test series was a part of the 2021–2023 ICC World Test Championship. Both cricket boards confirmed the tour schedule in March 2022. The Australia A cricket team also played two List A and two first-class matches against the Sri Lanka A team during the series. Champion Australia won the T20I series 2–1, and Sri Lanka won the ODI series 3–2. The Test series was drawn 1–1. Awards - Player of the series for ODIs: Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka) - Player of the series for Tests: Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka) - Player of the series for T20Is: Aaron Finch (Australia). Read More: SL vs AUS 2022: Lankans eye first home series win. June 16, 2022: West Indies vs Bangladesh Test Series The Padma Bridge Dream Fulfilled Friendship Test Series between Bangladesh and West Indies was sponsored by Walton. Host West Indies hosted the Bangladesh men’s cricket team to play two Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is in June and July 2022. The Test matches were part of the 2021–2023 ICC World Test Championship. A draft tour schedule was announced in May 2022. The full schedule of the tour was confirmed on June 1, 2022. After 2018, this was the first time Bangladesh went on a Caribbean tour. On May 22, 2022, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced the squad for the tour with Mominul Haque as the captain of the Test team. But after Bangladesh’s Test series defeat against Sri Lanka, Mominul Haque relinquished the Test captaincy. Later, Shakib Al Hasan was replaced as the captain. Champion The West Indies won the Test series by 2–0 and won the T20I series by 2–0. However, Bangladesh won the ODI series by 3–0. Awards - Player of the series for ODIs: Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) - Player of the series for Tests: Kyle Mayers (West Indies) - Player of the series for T20Is: Nicholas Pooran (West Indies). Read More: WI vs BAN Test Series 2022: Who has better record? July 7, 2022: India vs England Bilateral Series Host Team India visited England in July 2022 to play three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals. In September 2021, the England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB) confirmed that due to the cancellation of the 5th Test of India’s tour of England in 2021, India would also play a Test match in the tour. England’s Owen Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket after the ODI series against the Netherlands in June 2022. Therefore, Jos Buttler was appointed as England’s new ODI captain in this series. Champion It was a great tournament for India as they won both the T20I and ODI series by 2-1. Rishabh Pant was the top scored in ODI as he scored 125 runs in three matches. Awards - Player of the series for ODIs: Hardik Pandya (India) - Player of the series for T20Is: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Ind). Read More: Pant and Pandya star as India wins ODI series vs. England July 19, 2022: South Africa vs England Host The South Africa men’s cricket team went to England and Wales to play two series against England and Ireland in July, August, and September 2022. The team played three Tests, ODIs, and T20Is against England. Test matches were played as part of the 2021–2023 ICC World Test Championship. Between the T20I and Test series against England, the team also plays two T20I matches against Ireland. Champion South Africa’s ODI series against England was drawn by 1–1. However, South Africa won the T20I series by 2–1. In addition to that, South Africa won the T20I series against Ireland by 2–0. On the other hand, England won the Test series by 2–1. Rassie van der Dussen was outstanding in this tournament, and he scored 160 runs in ODIs. Anrich Nortje to 6 wickets in ODIs and became the top wicket-taker in the ODI series. Awards - Player of the series for ODIs: Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa) - Player of the series for Tests: Ben Stokes (England), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) - Player of the series for T20Is: Reeza Hendricks (South Africa). Read More: ENG vs SA 2022: The T20I series a World Cup dress rehearsal July 30, 2022: Walton T20I Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Series 2022 Host The Bangladesh men’s cricket team visited Zimbabwe in July and August 2022 to play three ODIs and T20Is. The tour was initially scheduled to consist of two Tests and three ODIs. But later, T20I matches were added to the tour instead of Test matches. All matches were played at the Harare Sports Club ground. Champion Zimbabwe won the T20I series by 2–1, which was Zimbabwe’s first T20I series win against Bangladesh. Zimbabwe also won the ODI series 2–1. Overall, this series was disastrous for Bangladesh, but Anamul Haque Bijoy played pretty well, as he scored 169 in the ODI series. Awards - Player of the series for ODIs: Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe) - Player of the series for T20Is: Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe). Read More: Raza guides Zimbabwe to historic series win August 27, 2022: 2022 Asia Cup Host While the tournament takes place in any of the playing countries, this year, it took place in UAE. However, the 2022 Asia Cup was scheduled to take place in 2020. But it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Later the tournament was announced to be held in Sri Lanka in June 2021 but was later postponed again. The Asia Cup Twenty20 (T20) tournament is an international cricket tournament contested by the men’s national cricket teams of the members of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). The main teams that compete in the tournament are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. The tournament is played in the Twenty20 International format. The tournament usually has a round-robin format consisting of a group stage, super four, and final. The six teams are divided into two groups, with the top two teams from each group progressing to the final. This year India, Pakistan, and Hong King were in group A while Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka were in group B. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka proceeded to the super four. There were a few thrilling matches throughout the tournament. Champion Pakistan and Sri Lanka played the final, where Sri Lanka won the tournament by defeating Pakistan by 23 runs in the final. Awards - Player of the series: Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) - Most runs: Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan) - Most wickets: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India). Read More: Top Individual performers in Asia Cup Cricket 2022