23 Янв, 2021

News digest for 01/22/2021

Google is ready to turn off its internet search in Australia if the authorities pass legislation on payments for the content of news companies. This was stated by the director of the regional office of the company Mel Silva, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“If the law is passed, we will have no choice but to terminate access to Google searches in Australia,” Silva explained at a hearing in the Australian Senate.

A law initiated by the Australian government will require technology companies to negotiate payments for their content with local publishers and broadcasters. Moreover, if an agreement is not reached, the amount of payments will be determined by an arbitrator appointed by the state.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro canceled

Rio de Janeiro has decided to cancel the carnival in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The mayor of the city, Eduardo Paes, announced this on his Twitter page.

Visa does not see prospects for the development of payment by QR code in Russia

The international payment system Visa does not see the prospects for the development of QR payments in Russia, Mikhail Berner, General Director of Visa in Russia, told RBC. The payment system wanted to develop technology in Russia two years ago, but was hampered by the popularity of payments via smartphones

Musk pledges award for carbon capture technology

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has pledged a $ 100 million reward to anyone who creates the best carbon capture technology. The businessman wrote about this on his Twitter. The main task of this process is to combat global warming and environmental pollution.

Cyprus officially announced the opening for tourists

The official statement that Cyprus will open borders and airports for tourists from all countries from March 1, was announced to the state television channel CyBC by the country’s Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios. Arriving tourists will have to pass a test, and tourists from the «red» zone, which includes Russia, in addition to the test made in their country, will have to send another one after arriving in Cyprus.

A new model of the formation of the solar system is presented

An international team of scientists from a number of European countries has suggested that the solar system was formed in two stages. According to the proposed version, the protoplanets of the terrestrial group formed earlier and were strongly heated due to the radioactive decay of the aluminum-26 isotope, which led to the formation of iron cores in them. The outer protoplanets appeared later and were not so hot, which allowed them to retain a significant proportion of volatiles.

Sunlight began to be used to purify water

The scientists used photocatalysis, a method of accelerating a chemical reaction by interacting a special substance — a photocatalyst — with incident light. Some photocatalysts, when absorbed by light, contribute to the oxidation of organic substances, which is used for wastewater treatment, noted researchers from the laboratory of high-purity materials technology at the Research Institute of Chemistry at Lobachevsky University.

Scientists have grown wood in a test tube

American scientists have chosen the optimal conditions for cultivating ex planta, the most commonly used plant tissue in the production of wood, or xylem. Perhaps, in the future, such a technology will relieve mankind of the need to grow trees for felling. The experimental results are published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Lack of sleep destroys nerve cells in the brain

Lack of sleep negatively affects both physical and psychological health of a person. The brain is only able to repair damaged DNA at rest. If this time is not enough, the destruction of nerve cells in the brain can begin and the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Writes about this UfacityNews.ru with reference to Focus.

Palm oil price rises to its highest in 10 years

The price of palm oil, which is used in the manufacture of many products — from chocolate to toothpaste, has risen to a maximum in almost ten years and is likely to rise further, writes The Wall Street Journal.

Sberbank has applied to issue its own cryptocurrency

In January, Sberbank of Russia submitted an application to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation for registering a blockchain platform for issuing its own cryptocurrency; the project could be launched in the spring, Anatoly Popov, deputy chairman of the board of Sberbank, told reporters.

Russian airlines asked the government for subsidies

The Association of Air Transport Operators (AEVT) asked the government to allocate 53 billion rubles. subsidies for partial compensation of airline expenses

State Duma deputy who was in a coma voted for eight bills

State Duma deputy from the Communist Party faction Vakha Agayev voted for the adoption of eight bills on the day he was in a coma. This was reported by Open Media with reference to data from the system for analyzing voting results in the State Duma.

Putin’s biographer confirmed: the palace in Gelendzhik is a gift to the president from the oligarchs

The co-author of Chris Hutchins’ book, Putin, Alexander Korobko, in an interview with Tsargrad, confirmed that the palace near Gelendzhik, which was described in the FBK investigation, was indeed presented to the president as a present.

This gift was clearly not in demand, not to your taste, not to your liking, and to use it for personal purposes — not according to Putin’s principles. But it was decided that it would be useful for the state in the economy, — he says

Mine in Kuzbass collapsed due to methane release

Three people were killed, 41 miners were able to get to the surface. The accident took place in the city of Leninsk-Kuznetsky.

Belarus and Russia agree to increase the tariff for the transit of Russian oil

The antimonopoly agencies of Belarus and Russia have agreed to increase the tariff for the transit of Russian oil through Belarus from February 1, 2021 by 6.7%, a source close to the industry told Interfax.

The Belarusian side proposed to increase the oil transit tariff by 24.5%. However, during the negotiations, the antimonopoly authorities agreed to increase the tariff by 6.7% from February 1, — said the agency’s source.

A draft law has been submitted to the State Duma on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which will allow civil servants appointed by the president to work in their positions without an age limit of 70 years

Nordwind Airlines refused to punish the pilot

On January 20, Nordwind Airlines called the statement of its pilot, who accused Alexei Navalny of the fact that due to his return to Russia, several planes could crash «absolutely unacceptable». Now the company says there is nothing wrong with this — and the previous message is not available

Belarus comes out every day!

Sukharevo, Malinovka, Belaya Vezha, Komarovka, People’s Friendship Park organized numerous regional processions, and solidarity actions were held near the Pushkinskaya metro station and in Borisov.

The Kremlin outlined its position on shares:

As such, there is no action, there are certain provocateurs who call: «The actions of the provocateurs are well understood by us.»

Participation of students in promotions is a private matter. But the participation of students in illegal actions can have very different assessments from the leadership of educational institutions. Each such institution may have its own policy in this regard, may be the instructions of the Ministry of Education.

Law enforcement officers do not need any instructions. There is a certain legal regime regarding how the actions are carried out and how they are coordinated. In the event that any illegal actions are carried out, then, of course, law enforcement officers act in accordance with their official instructions.