5 Mar, 2020

News digest for 03/04/2020

The indicator of the debt load on the mortgage of Russians exceeded 50%

A study by the Bureau of credit histories of the OKB, which was available to Izvestia, showed that the debt load index (PD) of Russian mortgage borrowers in 2019 with an income of up to 70 thousand rubles exceeded the mark of 50%, and the average value corresponds to 63.3%.

State Duma introduces electronic appeal of fines

The state Duma adopted in the first reading a bill that provides for the possibility of electronic appeal of fines for offenses detected by video cameras, TASS reports.

Motorists will be able to remotely file complaints about erroneous fines through a Single portal of public services. – Vyacheslav Volodin, Russian politician

The US Federal reserve lowered its key rate

The us Federal reserve lowered its key interest rate to 1-1. 25% from 1.5-1.75%. This decision is associated with increased risks from the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The fed is closely monitoring events and their implications for the economic Outlook, will use its tools and act as appropriate to support the economy,” the reserve said in a statement following an emergency meeting called for the first time since the 2008 crisis.

Banks of Russia against cancellation of commissions when paying utility bills

Banks and payment agents at a meeting with representatives of the Central Bank warned that they may close their services for accepting payments for housing and communal services due to plans to cancel commissions from the population.

The first Bank participating in the program of preferential rural mortgages

Rosselkhozbank became the first Bank participating in the program of preferential rural mortgages, the Ministry of agriculture said in a statement. It is specified that the agricultural Bank will receive subsidies in the amount of 789 million rubles to compensate for expenses in 2020.

Business won for the first time in court From the Fund for the protection of depositors of Crimea

The Sevastopol arbitration court refused to recover almost 1 billion rubles from two Crimean companies that took loans from Ukrainian banks. This is the Foundation’s first defeat in such cases, lawyers say

Since February 2018, when the relevant amendments to Russian legislation came into force, the depositors ‘ protection Fund has filed dozens of claims to recover Ukrainian debts from Crimean enterprises. From 2014 to February 1, 2020, the Fund paid Crimean depositors 29.8 billion rubles of compensation for deposits lost as a result of the departure of Ukrainian banks from the Peninsula, according to its website. To compensate the Fund for expenses on payments to depositors, the authorities in 2017 gave it permission to make demands to legal entities-debtors of Ukrainian banks to repay their debts in favor of the Federal tax SERVICE.

Kotyukov appointed as Deputy Finance Minister

Former head of the Ministry of science and higher education of the Russian Federation Mikhail Kotyukov has been appointed Deputy Minister of Finance. This resolution was signed by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin. The document is dated March 2. The decree of appointment can be found on the official website of legal information. …

Germany will give Russia data on Soviet prisoners of war

Germany intends to transfer data about Soviet prisoners of war who were in German concentration camps to Russia. This was announced by the German Ambassador in Moscow Geza Andreas von Gair. According to him, the Russian side will receive thousands of data blocks in April.

In Russia, they started issuing free medicines

The Ministry of health of the Russian Federation has launched a program in which it began to provide free medicines to Russians who have suffered heart attacks, strokes, and other diseases of the cardiovascular system. It is reported that the drugs will be issued to this category of citizens within a year after the illness. According to the press service of the Ministry, more than 10 billion rubles were allocated for these purposes in 2020

Dirty air kills more people than Smoking, alcohol and AIDS

An international team of researchers has shown that air pollution as a cause of premature death exceeds malaria by 19 times, violence by 17 times, and HIV by 9 times. So according to experts, polluted air reduces life expectancy in General by 3 years, while Smoking, for example, brings death on average by 2.2 years, and HIV by 0.7 years.

In 2015, air pollution caused the premature death of 8.8 million people worldwide. Pollutants present in the air are the cause of many respiratory diseases, as well as diseases of the cardiovascular system. The scientists also noted that just refusing to burn fossil fuels will prevent the premature death of 5.5 million people a year.

The Ministry of transport will send 7 billion rubles to upgrade passenger transport

The Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation in 2020 will allocate 7 billion rubles for the purchase of new urban passenger transport in the framework of the national project “Safe and high-quality roads”, transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich said in the program “Right to justice” on channel One.

According to him, a total of 20 billion rubles are provided for the urban passenger transport renewal program in 20 cities until 2024.according to the Minister, only 57 of the 85 regions of Russia sent applications for updating the bus fleet this year.

The Russian defense Ministry reported the merger of posts of Turkey and terrorists in Idlib

According to Konashenkov, there was a merger of fortified areas of terrorists with Turkish observation posts deployed under the agreement. The defense Ministry also noted that the attack and the massive shelling of peaceful settlements, as well as a Russian airbase Hamim steel daily

The EU will allocate up to €700 million to Greece to fight the migration crisis

The European Union is ready to provide financial support to Greece for a total of €700 million, of which €350 million is already available, and another €350 million can be allocated additionally.

The date of publication of the updated Constitution is named

The new version of the Constitution after the adoption of the amendments will be officially published in the Russian legislative Assembly a week and a half later, Deputy Director of the publishing house “Legal literature” Natalia Lunyakina said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

The Ministry of internal Affairs has changed the rules for punishing drivers for Parking

The Ministry of internal Affairs has changed the rules for punishing drivers for Parking on lawns, as well as for non-payment of time in city Parking lots, according to IA DEITA. The law has already been published and will come into force on March 11.

In Federal law, there is no penalty for Parking on the lawn and non-payment of Parking in city Parking lots. Such penalties, each municipality develops its own. Before the law was passed, local authorities could not get information about the car owner from the police database from the Ministry of internal Affairs. And, therefore, they could not issue a fine. Now the police will provide information about the owner of the car at the request of the municipality – this will simplify and speed up the initiation of administrative cases.

A new service for drivers will be launched in Russia

The new FreeLine service, which informs drivers about traffic congestion, will be launched in Russia in 2022. Road sensors and cameras will transmit information to the Autodat platform. Its use will increase the average speed on the roads by 15-20%, said Tuesday TASS official representative of NP “GLONASS” and NTI “AutoNet” Yaroslav Fedoseyev.

In 2019, the Avtodata platform project for collecting automotive data was officially launched in Russia. It is implemented in order to create a unique world-wide array of big data in the automotive sector and ensure equal competitive conditions in the automotive market and interaction of automotive platforms with external digital road infrastructure. An inter-industry consortium, Avtodata, was formed to create the platform.Fair-haired”. Its founders, in particular, were NP GLONASS, the Ministry of industry and trade, and GC Roscosmos…. There is a logical question, what is the point of this service, when all the same exists in ordinary navigation programs.

Sochi changed land use rules to combat self-construction

Now in the territorial zone intended for low-rise residential development, the types “Apartment building” and “Residential complex” have been completely excluded, and the type “Hostel” has become conditionally permitted. In the territorial zones where medium-rise and multi-storey residential development was carried out, the types of “multi-Apartment residential building”, “Residential complex” and “hostel” were also transferred to conditionally permitted ones.

The changes also affected land plots for individual construction. Now the maximum area of a three-storey residential building should not exceed 500 square meters.

Trump won all the GOP primaries in ” super Tuesday»

The current President of the United States, Donald trump, in” super Tuesday ” won the primary elections (primaries) in all 13 States where they were held by Republicans. Mr. trump received 100% of the delegate vote in Maine and Minnesota, where he had no rivals. Mr. trump received 100% of the delegate vote in Maine and Minnesota, where he had no rivals. He also won in Alabama, Arkansas, Vermont, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Utah.

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the Democrats in the super Tuesday primaries in eight States.

Six billion for the Caspian sea

Four Dagestani cities-Makhachkala, Derbent, Izberbash and Kaspiysk-passed the second stage of the project “housing Reform in Russia”. This will give them the opportunity to participate in major investment projects, including the construction of drainage networks, storm sewers and treatment facilities.

The priest urged to limit the use of social networks during the fast

Fasting involves not only food restrictions, but also the fight against addictions such as alcohol, Smoking, and virtual reality, Archpriest Maxim Kozlov, head of the educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church and rector of the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov on Krasnopresnenskaya embankment in Moscow, said on Tuesday.

Turkey has blown up the Carapace-S1 in Idlib province

Turkey destroyed an anti-aircraft missile and gun complex “Pantsir-S1” in Idlib province. A video of the incident appeared on the telegram channel Directorate 4. It was published by the Turkish Armed forces. The footage shows an air strike on the “Pantsir-S1” RPC near the village of Saraqib in Idlib province.

Boris Johnson will go on maternity leave after the birth of a child

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, is going on paternity leave this summer when his fiancee gives birth. According to RIA Novosti, over the weekend, 55-year-old Boris Johnson announced his engagement to his 31-year-old girlfriend Kerry Symonds.

BMW introduced the BMW i4 electric car

The claimed power reserve is 600 km, and the electric car will accelerate in four seconds to the first hundred. Separately, the company noted that the new BMW i4 has a special feature – its sound, which was developed by BMW IconicSounds Electric specialists together with Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer.

It became known about the plans of the Netherlands to send troops to the Donbass

The Dutch authorities planned to send troops to Donbass after the fall of the Malaysian Boeing in the Donetsk region in 2014. This was reported by Telegraf, citing a representative of the country’s armed forces.

Japan has introduced a bed specifically for gamers

The novelty has only been shown to potential buyers, but the date of the bed’s release on the market has not yet been announced. The bed consists of different models. In addition to the bed itself, there is a table, a side table and several storage modules. Bauhutte company as a whole deals exclusively with furniture for gamers

Books that improve brain function and quality of life

Experts recommend that people with depression, chronic diseases, and even dementia abandon motivational books on psychology in favor of works of art by Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, or Jane Austen.

According to the Daily Mail, according to Professor Philip Davies from the University of Liverpool, reading the classics releases emotions and imagination, allowing people to feel “more alive”, potentially easing symptoms of diseases.

Naftogaz discussed measures against Nord stream 2 with the United States»

The head of the Board of the Ukrainian company “Naftogaz” Andriy KOBOLEV, speaking on Tuesday at the Washington Atlantic Council, said about the discussion with representatives of the US authorities of additional measures aimed at disrupting the construction of the Nord stream – 2 gas pipeline.

Turkey to deploy additional air defense systems in Syria

Turkey will deploy additional air defense systems in Syria, the Daily Sabah newspaper writes, citing the head of the defense industry Secretariat under the administration of President Ismail Demir.

The ROC opposed the amendment to the Constitution on children as the property of Russia

The amendment to the Constitution on children as the property of Russia will allow the state to take them away from the family if necessary. This opinion was expressed by the first Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department of the ROC for the interaction of the Church with society, Alexander Shchipkov.

Behind this beautiful phrase that children are the property of Russia, lies the very trick. In other words, we are trying to push through this wording, and then say: children are the property of the state, so they can be taken away from the family. – Alexander Shchipkov, Russian philosopher

New Ukrainian armored car spotted in Donbass

The car is based on the chassis of the American four-wheel drive pickup Ford F550 with a reinforced rear suspension. The armored car is equipped with a 6.7-liter turbo diesel with 300 horsepower and an automatic transmission. The car can accelerate along the highway up to 140 kilometers per hour, overcome steep climbs up to 60 degrees and slopes of 50 degrees, as well as force a Ford of 75 centimeters.

Bulletproof armor protects the crew and landing party, five people, from small arms fire and splinters, as well as explosions of RGD-type grenades. A 12.7 mm Utes machine gun or its Ukrainian counterpart, the KT, is mounted on the roof of the armored car. If necessary, you can install anti-tank systems.

Amendments to the Constitution will be approved by the day of Crimea’s annexation

The state Duma, the Federation Council and the legislative assemblies of the regions will vote for the draft law on amendments to the Constitution in a week. And the President will sign the document on March 18 – the day of Crimea’s annexation to Russia, RBC found

Egypt does not recognize the crash of the A321 over Sinai as a terrorist attack

As it became known to Kommersant, the Cairo court of appeal issued a controversial decision on the claim of the families of Russians who died in the crash of the A321 Kogalymavia plane in the fall of 2015. Confirming the Egyptian jurisdiction to consider claims for possible compensation, which can be ten times more than in Russia, the court did not consider specific claims, considering that the identity of the victims has not yet been established. At the same time, the court rejected claims against the government of Egypt, whose members, according to the applicants, were negligent in blowing up the airliner by terrorists. The crash itself is still considered by representatives of Egypt only an accident, and its investigation is continuing, although the TFR and the FSB of Russia are already talking about checking for the involvement of specific terrorists in the crime.

The largest accident in the history of Russian and Soviet aviation occurred on October 31, 2015. Kogalymavia Airbus A321 flight 9268 from Sharm El-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt

The Pentagon said that the US is competing with Russia in the Arctic

The United States and Russia are in a state of rivalry in the Arctic, but the potential for conflict between the two countries remains low. This assessment was made on Tuesday at a hearing in one of the subcommittees of the us Senate Committee on armed forces, acting Deputy Secretary of defense for political Affairs James Anderson.

At the moment, according to our assessment, the potential for conflict [in the Arctic] in the short term is low, ” he said. – We are certainly in a state of competition with the Russian Federation, this is not in doubt… but when I say that the potential for conflict is low, I mean a real physical collision, and the probability of this now, according to our assessment, is low, ” Anderson added.

The US said it launched an airstrike on the Taliban for defense purposes

The US armed forces reported the first airstrike in 11 days against militants of the radical Taliban movement in Afghanistan. He added that the American side calls on the Taliban to ” stop unnecessary attacks and adhere to commitments.”

“On March 4, the United States launched an airstrike against Taliban militants who were carrying out active attacks on the checkpoint of the Afghan armed forces in the Nahr-e-Saraj district in Helmand province. This was a defensive strike necessary to disrupt the attack, ” Colonel Sonny Leggett, a representative of the US Armed forces in Afghanistan, wrote on Twitter.

Turkey attacked the group of Russian troops in Saraqib

Around midnight, Turkish artillery launched a series of powerful attacks on the Russian military in the city of Serakib. According to Syrian journalist Bassam Jaara, Turkey warned Russia about the strikes, however, rocket and artillery strikes were carried out before the Russian military police were able to leave the city.

Insufficient ability of the su-57 to detect the F-35 is revealed

The promising Russian su-57 fighter will reveal the location of low-profile fighters, in particular, the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, only approximately, writes ” Military-industrial courier»

Russia’s accounting chamber has questioned the goal of fighting poverty

New social initiatives put forward by Vladimir Putin may not be enough to lift almost 1 million Russians out of poverty in 2020. The government’s forecast for reducing the poverty level in the country to 10.8% for this period (instead of the previous figure of 11.7%) is overstated, the accounting chamber points out in its conclusion to the draft amendments to the Federal budget for 2020-2022, introduced by the government to Finance measures from the presidential address to the Federal Assembly.

Boeing unveils high-speed reconnaissance helicopter project

American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has presented a project for a high-speed reconnaissance helicopter, which will be put up for tender by the US Army’s FARA. According to Flightglobal, according to the project, the promising machine will be made according to the classic helicopter scheme with a slight difference — two screws will be installed in the tail part of the helicopter.

Do you think that the state works for the benefit of people?

Of course, our people don’t really believe in democratic values, but they also don’t really believe that the state works for the benefit of people: only 38% believe that this is the case (60% believe that it is not, the rest are apparently undecided).

Not to say that this is a record level of distrust: in Greece, 81% do not believe in the “good state”, in Bulgaria, 74%, 72% in Ukraine, 68% in Italy. But still, on average, both in Europe and the United States, people believe/do not believe about equally, and the combination of a low level of trust in the state and a low faith in democratic values looks quite unusual.

Under criminal case because of love for sports

Igor Evstafiev, the head of the Rostov civil defense AND emergency situations Department, signed up for the work of athletes who won all sports prizes for the Department. True, athletes did not extinguish real fires, but they received real salaries. And also bonuses – more than 24 million rubles in total.

Gifts for young mothers in a hospital that doesn’t exist

Deputy of the state Duma of the Russian Federation from the Arkhangelsk region Dmitry Yurkov said on his page in the VK that he brought gifts for young mothers to the hospital… But in the comments, the servant of the people was reminded: the HOSPITAL was closed in 2018..! Women from Kargopol are now forced to travel 450 km to give birth!

In response to the angry comments of voters, Yurkov replied: the text was not written by him, but by a young journalist who decided to EMBELLISH… But he managed to miss the letter ” g ” in the name of the city of Kargopol…

The amount of Deripaska’s claim against Navalny was 1 ruble.

The businessman demands that the founder of the FBK refute the charges “that Deripaska illegally used the support of the state on non-market conditions.” Oleg Deripaska’s lawyer Alexey Melnikov told RBC that the billionaire intends to protect his business reputation

“Aeroflot” has raised the reward money management

The Aeroflot group (which includes Aeroflot, Russia, Pobeda, and Aurora airlines) increased the remuneration of key management personnel by 38% in 2019, to RUB 2,138 billion, according to the carrier’s reports. This indicator includes wages, bonuses and other compensations, before deducting personal income tax, but excluding mandatory insurance contributions to extra-budgetary funds. The “key management staff” includes members of the Board of Directors and the management Board, as well as management of flight and ground personnel.

Aeroflot received the first Airbus A350 aircraft in Russia

Aeroflot received the first Airbus A350 aircraft in Russia with individual cabins, seats that can be folded into two-meter beds,and a bar. It will make its first flight on March 6. The plane was presented on Wednesday at Sheremetyevo airport.

The state Duma adopted in the first reading amendments to the budget of the Russian Federation for 2020-2022

  • in total, 4.36 trillion rubles will be spent for these purposes over three years, including almost 2 trillion rubles of new expenses;
  • total Treasury spending this year will increase by 163 billion rubles, in 2021 – by 557 billion, and in 2022-by 678 billion;
  • but revenues will grow even more, including due to the fact that the Central Bank will transfer to the budget the profit from the sale of Sberbank shares to the government;
  • as a result, the budget surplus will remain at 0.8% of GDP this year, and in 2021 and 2022 it will even grow by 0.1 percentage points-up to 0.6% of GDP and 0.3% of GDP.

Turkish authorities oust refugees from Syria to Greece

Two-thirds of them are not Syrian citizens. These are Afghans, Iraqis, and citizens of African countries. Turkey is forcing these people into the Greek Republic, – said at a briefing the head of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria Oleg Zhuravlev

Sergey Kraevoy dismissed as Deputy head of the Ministry of health

Sergey Kraevoy, who was deprived of the degree of doctor of science, was dismissed from the post of Deputy head of the Ministry of health. The order was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Kraevoi has served as Deputy Minister of health since 2013. In February, it became known that the dissertation Council at the Central research Institute of health organization and Informatization of the Ministry of health deprived the Regional doctor of science degree. According to the Chairman of the Council Irina Son, the basis was a large number of borrowings from other works. Further this decision should be considered by the Higher attestation Commission under the Ministry of education and science

In rolling out a new cartoon film of Studio Pixar “Forward”.

It tells the story of two very different elf brothers who get the opportunity to bring their long-dead father back to life for one day. The story is based on the personal story of Director Dan Scanlon

Total debt in Russia for energy resources

The total debt for energy resources in the sphere of housing and communal services in Russia is not reduced and is almost 1.3 trillion rubles, said on Wednesday the head of the Ministry of construction of the Russian Federation Vladimir Yakushev.

“I will focus on the problem of debt for the supplied resources and services in the housing sector. To date, the amount of debt for housing and communal services is almost 1.3 trillion rubles, ” Yakushev said at a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with members of the government.

He added that the amount of debt of the population is about 810 billion rubles. Budget organizations owe 60 billion rubles, while other consumers owe 430 billion rubles.

The family of the Russian Deputy Prime Minister manages assets worth more than 3.2 billion rubles

The family of Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin manages a portfolio of land plots in Tatarstan with an area of almost 86 square kilometers worth more than 3.2 billion rubles — for comparison, this is only half the size of the state of Liechtenstein, according to the investigation of “Open media»:

the land and buildings are divided into three closed-end mutual funds, among the shareholders is Khusnullin’s daughter Alina Kireeva, who could contribute almost 60 square kilometers of land belonging to her to one of the Zpifs;

the funds are managed by a company whose sole owner is Khusnullin’s mother, 75-year-old Roza Garafutdinovna (in 2016, Transparency International found her a British firm, but Khusnullin himself said in an interview with Medusa that his mother “never owned any capital” and lives very modestly)

Improve relations with the West and the business climate in the country

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin instructed the government to prepare a plan to restore the country’s cooperation with the Organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD), according to informed sources.

According to the Agency’s interlocutors, this order indicates the desire of the new head of government to improve relations with the West and the business climate in the country. It is argued that it may even be a question of resuming Russia’s attempts to join the OECD. The OECD announced the suspension of all activity in this area in March 2014.

Automatically fine drivers for traffic violations

In Russia, a system is being developed that will be forcibly installed on cars and potentially allow drivers to be automatically fined for traffic violations. The system will “see” signs, markings, and traffic signals using special cameras, after which the data received will be analyzed by the computer module, and then transmitted to the driver on the screen or by an audio message.

Number of murders per 100,000 inhabitants by country

The most dangerous countries to live in (of those developed enough to collect such statistics at all) are Latin American countries. In El Salvador, 62 people are killed per 100,000 people a year-and this is the worst result in the world. Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Colombia and a number of other countries are not very far away. By the way, the resort Bahamas is also not very safe: 31 murders per 100 thousand inhabitants. There are those residents, of course… But the fact itself!

In Russia, 9 murders per 100 thousand inhabitants – a fairly average result, to be honest, higher than all of our neighbors. Less than in Uganda, more than in the Philippines. In the US, by the way, 5.3 murders per 100 thousand – significantly more than in most European countries (there are around 1 murder per 100 thousand inhabitants in many countries).



Google’s annual developer conference canceled

An international developer meeting at Google’s headquarters in California was canceled due to a coronavirus. As reported on the Google I|O conference website, the organizers are discussing other ways to arrange this event, in addition to a face-to-face meeting at the Shoreline arena.

Taylor swift became the best-selling artist

American country-pop singer Taylor swift topped the top best-selling artists according to the International Federation of phonogram producers (IFPI). This was reported by the Daily Mail on March 2. According to the publication, swift is the leader in this top list for the second year in a row.

The Wizards series will be closed after the fifth season

The series “Wizards”, based on the eponymous series of novels in the genre of urban fantasy from Lev Grossman, will close after the fifth season. This was announced by the Syfy network. The fifth season of the series will consist of 13 episodes, which began production in January 2020

The first trailer for the movie “Artemis Fowl” appeared on the network»

Disney Studio has published a trailer for the new adventure film “Artemis Fowl”on its YouTube channel. The film is a film adaptation of the eponymous series of fantasy novels by writer Jon Colfer. The story will tell about a young guy who suddenly finds out about the existence of a magical world.



The cast of the new “gossip Girl” is named»

It became known that HBO Max signed contracts with actors who will take part in the shooting of the “gossip Girl” rebut. The new stars of the popular teen drama will be five people at once. All of them are young talents and have just started their acting career in big movies.

Emily Elin Lind (“Resuscitation”) will play the main role, she will play a girl named Audrey, who is slowly beginning to be interested in life outside of their long-term relationships. Whitney Peake, Eli brown, Jonathan Fernandez and Jason Gotay also joined the cast of the show. Kristen bell will return to the project as a storyteller.

Gigabyte and Windows 10 faced with the “problem of the year 3000»

Even if you set the correct date later, the system will still not be able to boot. It is noted that this applies to the version of Windows 10 19H2, released in November 2019. The problem is relevant for Gigabyte motherboards based on both AMD and Intel system logic.

The presentation of Nokia smartphones will take place on March 19

Finnish company HMD Global, which owns Nokia’s mobile division, will present its new smartphones in London on March 19. This was announced by the company’s product Director Juho Sarvikas in his Twitter account. The video in the published tweet is made in the style of films about 007 agent James bond.

In services Mail.ru a QR code entry appeared

In “Mail”, “Cloud” and other services Mail.ru now there is a new way to log in to your account — instead of a password, users can use QR codes. In order to use the new authentication method, you need to install a proprietary app on your mobile device.

“Yandex” has launched a social network “Aura»

Yandex launched its Aura social network into full commercial operation and did it surprisingly quietly, without ads, so that only current users of the service could find out about the changes.

Apple has blocked the face recognition app Clearview AI

Apple blocked the ClearView AI facial recognition program for violating app distribution rules, TechRadar reported on March 2. Clearview AI is an app that uses photos from social networks to search for people by their photos

Scientists have developed a new superconducting material

A group of scientists from Skoltech together with Chinese researchers reported the creation of hydrogen compounds with praseodymium, a metal from the lanthanide group. This chemical compound has superconductivity under high temperature conditions.

Parrots understand the basics of probability theory

A team of new Zealand scientists conducted an experiment in which six parrots played a simple game of chance. For the game, experts filled transparent boxes with a certain number of “unlucky” colored and” happy ” black sticks. Experts simultaneously pulled sticks out of the boxes and asked the parrots to guess which hand would hold the black one. If the parrot guessed correctly, it was awarded a slice of food, if not-the bird was left without a treat. The birds could look inside the boxes, examine the sticks, and estimate the probability that a person would pull them out.

The experiment showed that parrots coped with this task as well as chimpanzees and humans. The birds were able to correctly estimate the relative probability that a person would pull out the necessary wand