27 Jan, 2021

News digest for 01/26/2021

Philip Haytovich, an employee of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, compared the brain and the musculoskeletal system. If a person does not exercise, then over time he will feel the degradation of the body. And the functions that he could previously perform are no longer available to him. The same thing happens to the brain in the absence of training. But in this case, it is observed that the brain resists the acquisition of new knowledge.

One of the main tasks of the brain is to interact with the outside world. When a person is not in danger, he has food and shelter, the brain tends to stay in this situation. Any changes threaten security, and this includes the acquisition of new knowledge. Philip Haytovich advises in this case to deal with resistance. This will help prevent early dementia in the future.

The number of wild bee species is decreasing

Scientists have found a decrease in the species diversity of wild bees and bumblebees by about 25% compared to the 1990s. This trend is observed all over the world. A scientific article with the results of the study was published by the journal One Earth.

We found that the number of bee species encountered has been steadily declining since the 1990s. <…> Something inexplicable is happening to the bees. You need to do something with them right now. We cannot wait until we are absolutely sure why they are dying out. It is necessary to convince politicians of the need to protect bees from extinction today, ”commented one of the authors of the article, a biologist from the National University of Comaue (Argentina) Eduardo Zattara.

Scientists have found no evidence of the existence of a human soul

At the moment, there is no scientific evidence for the existence of something that could be considered a human soul. This was stated by the British physicist Brian Cox.

“There is still no scientific evidence for the existence of the soul, although modern science has penetrated the subatomic level. If there was something physical that could be considered a soul, then no doubt we would have discovered it already, ”Cox noted.

According to the physicist, at a basic level, a body is composed of neutrons and protons. If the soul existed, most likely, it would be a fundamentally different type of energy.

“This is something that physicists still don’t know about. I doubt that this other kind of energy exists in reality, ”said the scientist.

The evidence of the existence of the soul is considered to be the statements of people who have experienced clinical death. Such patients have repeatedly stated that they saw their body as if from the side. However, scientists are sure that such experiences are just a feature of brain activity caused by fading blood circulation.

Russia’s Audit Chamber sees signs of corruption in the road to China project

The timing of the construction of roads along the Europe – Western China route may be disrupted, the auditors of the Accounts Chamber (JV) warned in a special report. They also pointed to a number of corruption signs and risks of damage to the budget during the implementation of the project.

Wage arrears in Russia as of January 1, 2021

The wage arrears in Russia as of January 1, 2021 amounted to 1 billion 628.3 million rubles, according to the materials of Rosstat. Of the total amount of unpaid wages as of January 1, 2021, the debts generated in 2020 account for 681.2 million rubles (41.8%), in 2019 – 348.5 million rubles (21.4%), in 2018 goal and earlier – 598.6 million rubles (36.8%).

Forgetfulness is a sign of mental efficiency

Oliver Baumann with a group of scientists from Bond University of Queensland in Australia found that forgetfulness was correlated with changes in activity in the main brain area – the hippocampus. Experts conducted a study in which they examined the coding of information by the brain. They found that striving for efficiency helps block out unnecessary information.

Our brain thinks that this person should be in this office. If you come across it elsewhere, it will create a problem as you may not recognize it. This does not happen when our brain learns that a person exists independently of the room. The second, third time, our brain will not repeat this mistake, but codes the person and the room separately, explains Baumann

Exercise has a positive effect on muscle inflammation

This was reported by the staff of Duke University in the United States. According to their statement, the load will enable a person to overcome inflammation, even without drug intervention. The work was published on the Science Advances information resource.

Oil prices decline during trading

World oil prices are falling during trading on Tuesday, January 26. March futures for WTI crude oil fell 0.59% to $ 52.46 per barrel.

Exchange prices for gasoline in Russia

Since the beginning of this year, experts have recorded an increase in gasoline prices on the exchange, according to the information and news portal EVO-RUS.COM. It is emphasized that the cost of the AI-95 brand rose by six percent, while the AI-92 – by 6.6 percent.

Introduce a ban on the identification of the USSR with Nazi Germany

Russian leader Vladimir Putin called on the State Duma to prepare amendments to the federal law prohibiting the public identification of the role of the USSR and Nazi Germany in World War II (1939-1945).

This item is included in the list of presidential orders published by the Kremlin press service following a meeting of the Council for Culture and Arts. The President ordered to prepare an appropriate draft law for the spring session of the State Duma with the participation of the Russian organizing committee “Victory”.

The initiator of the adoption of the law is the head of the State Duma Committee on Culture Elena Yampolskaya. The norm will be fixed in the law “On the perpetuation of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War.”

Where does German Chancellor Angela Merkel live?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel lives in an ordinary five-story Berlin apartment building. This is reported by Newsru.com with reference to Deutsche Welle. The apartment at 6 Am Kupfergraben belongs to her and her husband Joachim Sauer. A police outfit is on duty at the entrance of the Federal Chancellor. The apartment of Merkel and her wife is on the fourth floor. According to journalists, two tram routes pass in front of Merkel’s windows, there are no obstacles on the sidewalk, the police do not ask passers-by to cross to the other side.

With regard to suburban real estate, the current German Chancellor has a summer residence. This is an ordinary country house located in the small village of Hohenwalde near the Brandenburg town of Templin. This house is the second place of residence of Merkel.

Greece and Turkey to hold talks on controversial issues

Turkey intends to raise a wide range of issues, including the status of individual islands and airspace, while Greece intends to focus on the demarcation of sea borders, which may affect the use of hydrocarbon resources. This will have 61 rounds of negotiations between the countries, which fully reflects the degree of their success. So far, no real progress has been made.

US Senate approves Janet Yellen as Treasury chief

The US Senate has approved Janet Yellen’s candidacy for the post of head of the Treasury, Interfax reports. It is reported that Yellen received the necessary half plus one vote of the senators for approval. Thus, for the first time in US history, the ministry was headed by a woman.

She has already announced that she intends to revise the sanctions regime, making them strategic. At the same time, she is going to maintain sanctions against Russia over Crimea. In addition, she intends to work on a second package of economic support.

Qatar and the United States Record LNG Exports to China

In November 2020, Qatar and the United States increased their exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China, setting new records in the history of their supplies and coming out on the 2nd and 3rd places, respectively, among the largest suppliers of supercooled fuel to China.

In Japan, announced an electric car worth up to $ 3,000

The Japanese company Nidec, which produces electric motors, has expressed its readiness to reduce the price tags of its products by five times and, thus, open the way to the market for affordable electric vehicles worth up to $ 3,000, which is about 220,000 rubles at the current exchange rate.

End of Flash support crashes China’s rail system

The computer systems of the Dalian railway station temporarily went down due to the end of support for multimedia support for Adobe Flash. This is reported by the HotHardware portal.

Fujifilm unveils Fujinon XF 27mm, XF 70-300mm and GF 80mm lenses

Images of Fujinon XF 27mm, XF 70-300mm and GF 80mm lenses have appeared on the Internet, it is assumed that the announcement of new products will take place at CP +. This year the event will take place on February 25-28 online

Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch will allow you to determine the level of glucose in the blood

According to South Korean media, the new Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch will support blood glucose detection using an optical sensor. Apple already has a team of biomedical engineers and consultants. The relevant developments have been underway since 2017. The sensor is reportedly being tested at clinical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. It also became known that Tim Cook personally tested a prototype of the sensor connected to the Apple Watch.

Sony revives Xperia Compact smartphone production

An authoritative online source under the nickname Onleaks has published images of the compact Sony Xperia Compact smartphone on the social network. In addition to the image, the insider revealed the characteristics of the smartphone, as well as its dimensions.

The dimensions of the new items will be: 140 × 68.9 × 8.9 mm. The device will have a 5.5-inch screen and a fingerprint scanner on the side. The main camera of the compact device will be dual with the main 13 megapixel sensor. It is not yet known which processor will be installed in Sony Xperia Compact and how much memory will be built in

Netflix to film Formula 1 racing film

American entertainment company, provider of movies and TV series based on streaming media Netflix, will direct a new film about Formula 1 racing. This is reported by Deadline. The film will be directed by Gerard McMurray and starred by Robert De Niro. The release date of the tape remains unknown

Irkut wanted to buy six SSJ100 from an Irish airline

The Irkut Aircraft Corporation wants to buy Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft, which the Irish airline CityJet has refused. The liners are in good technical condition

It is incorrect to divulge the names of the owners of the “palace” in Gelendzhik

The palace in Gelendzhik, which is discussed in the investigation of Alexei Navalny, belongs to one or several businessmen. This was stated by the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, reports “Interfax”. According to him, the Kremlin considers it incorrect to disclose the names of the owners of the mansion.

Indeed, this is a large object, it is well known in Gelendzhik, and one or several businessmen directly or indirectly own this object. But you must agree that, probably, the Kremlin has no right to disclose the names of these owners, and we are not going to do this, it would simply be incorrect, ”said Peskov.

U.S. citizen convicted of keeping NSA classified information

The American was sentenced to 11 years in prison for illegal storage of classified data of the National Security Agency (NSA), which she planned to transfer to Russia. Fox TV channel reports about it.

Biden signs a decree to transfer the fleet of US authorities to electric vehicles

President of the United States Joe Biden signed a decree aimed, among other things, at replacing the fleet of the federal authorities of the country with domestically produced electric vehicles. Reported by Reuters.

The federal government owns a huge fleet of vehicles that we will replace with clean electric vehicles made here in America, ”Biden said at the White House.

Armenia abandoned Russian weapons in favor of foreign

The Armenian authorities decided to abandon Russian radars and buy cheaper analogs of radar stations in India. Currently, the question of purchasing the Swathi Weapon Locating Radar in India has already been resolved. Moreover, the An-124 military transport aircraft has already arrived in Yerevan with weapons on board.

Public attitudes towards amendments to the law on foreign agents

Most Russians under 40 disagree with Putin that amendments to the laws on foreign agents are being adopted to protect Russia from Western interference, according to a Levada Center poll reviewed by Open Media. Almost 40% believe that the true meaning of such legislation is to suppress criticism of the authorities. Only a third of young people share the official version, but two-thirds among pensioners.

In general, 48% of Russians believe that protective laws are adopted to “protect the Motherland from foreigners.” Levada Center director Lev Gudkov explains their point of view with Soviet attitudes about a hostile environment, which are still fueled by propaganda.

In the Urals, the Cossack cyber squad will search for and block mate in social networks

Virtual patrols were created to combat “destructive content”, now they have declared war on foul language. As the head of the MediaShield cyber brigade Andrey Zamyatin told Rise, specially trained people will complain about obscenities to administrators and moderators of social networks.

“We are looking for destructive content on the Internet, we browse everything manually, without any software, we mainly use hashtags. Our goal is to protect our native Russian language, the culture of speech. “

From February 1, social networks will be required to find and block posts with illegal content, they also included mat. Such a bill was adopted by the State Duma at the end of December.

Rudy Giuliani is sued

Dominion Voting Systems intends to recover $ 1.3 billion in damages from Giuliani for damage to business reputation due to his unconfirmed claims that the Dominion devices for counting votes in the 2020 elections distorted voting results.

Japanese and US defense ministers agree to strengthen alliance

Newly appointed US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi agreed to strengthen the alliance between the two countries in a telephone conversation

They discussed that the US will continue to respond to an attack on Japanese-ruled territory extending to islands in the East China Sea controlled by Japan but claimed by China.

As for North Korea, they agreed to cooperate in the country’s complete and verifiable renunciation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as ballistic missiles of all ranges.

The American official also spoke on the phone with his South Korean counterpart Su Wook on Sunday, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry. Austin called the US-South Korean alliance a guarantee of “peace and stability” in Northeast Asia, vowing to “continue to develop” the bilateral alliance, Bloomberg writes.

Fired after participating in a rally for Navalny

Artyom Nazarov, a teacher at the Moscow Institute of Theater Arts (ITI) named after Joseph Kobzon, was fired for participating in a protest on January 23. With the wording about “an immoral act incompatible with the continuation of this work.” Nazarov himself told OVD-Info about this.

After discussing the situation in detail with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor’s Office

On January 25, State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein sent inquiries to the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor’s Office demanding to open a case against the policeman who hit a woman at a Saturday protest in St. Petersburg.

Today Khinshtein withdrew requests – after “discussing in detail the situation with the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the prosecutor’s office”

Human rights defenders appealed to the UK because of the actions of the police at the rallies

The Public Verdict human rights foundation reported to the Investigative Committee of the crime committed by the police and the National Guard at rallies in support of Navalny. In their appeal, human rights defenders pointed to at least eight cases of “violent actions of law enforcement officers against citizens only in Moscow and St. Petersburg”.

In the videos, which were published in the media and social networks, the fund’s lawyers found about a dozen facts of unjustified use of force by the police, the use of special equipment and “illegal painful techniques.” The Foundation asks to conduct an audit and open criminal cases against “every employee who has committed a malfeasance.”