6 Apr, 2020

News digest for 04/04-05/2020

A separate guards salute division named after Marshal of artillery Vladimir Mikhalkin made a festive artillery salute in Moscow on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the city of Bratislava. This is stated in a message distributed on Saturday by the press service of the Western military district.

“A festive salute of 24 volleys from 18 ZIS-3 artillery guns of the great Patriotic war was made on Poklonnaya hill. The launch of more than 3 thousand fireworks was made from self-propelled combined salute launchers of caliber from 105 to 310 mm on the basis of the KAMAZ car, ” the report says.

Aeroflot will reduce the frequency of flights in Russia from April 6

Since April 6, Aeroflot has been reducing the frequency of domestic flights due to falling demand, Interfax reports, citing the airline.

Saudi Arabia has accused Putin of lying about the causes of the collapse in oil prices

Minister of Saudi Arabia’s called a lie the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin that Saudi Arabia came out of the deal, OPEC+ to eliminate competitors, producing shale oil.

The foreign Minister said that “this information is completely far from the truth,” and also stressed that it was not the Kingdom that withdrew from the agreement, but Russia, while Saudi Arabia and 22 other countries tried to persuade Russia to make further cuts and extend the agreement, but Russia did not agree.”

In Kazan, a pensioner was detained for violating the quarantine

Kazan police detained a pensioner and took her to the Department for violating the quarantine. This is reported by “Tatarstan 24”. Police approached a local resident when she was standing at a stop on Pushkin street.

“The elderly woman assured that she went out for medicine and is already returning home. But, despite this, the police detained the woman and took her to the police Department,” the TV channel reports.

The national Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan lowered the key rate

Kazakhstan was almost the only developing country that responded to the destabilization of financial markets in March with a sharp rate increase. Now it has returned it to almost the same level where it was before the increase (9.25%), ignoring the acceleration of inflation in March from 6 to 6.4% .

Madonna has donated one million dollars to the bill gates and Melinda Foundation

American singer Madonna has donated one million dollars to the project of the charity Foundation of bill gates and his wife Melinda (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), which is searching for drugs for the coronavirus COVID-19, Variety magazine reports, citing a representative of the organization.

Earlier it was reported that the charitable Foundation of the founder of Microsoft, billionaire bill gates and his wife Melinda will allocate up to $ 100 million to fight the spread of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV. Up to $ 60 million will be spent to accelerate the search, development and testing of vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

The authorities of Khakassia allowed to walk with children in conditions of self-isolation

The government of Khakassia allowed walking with children in the conditions of self-isolation, which has been in effect in the region since April 1. This is stated in the press service of the Republican government on Saturday.

“Walking with children should also take place at a distance of no more than 300 m from the residential premises, while it is necessary to observe safety rules: a social distance of 1.5 m from strangers, and use personal protective equipment,” the report says.

Donald trump ordered to send military doctors to new York state

By my decree, a thousand representatives of the armed forces will be sent to new York to provide assistance where it is useful, since this is the most “hot spot” (for the spread of the virus),” trump said. He clarified that we are talking about military doctors. Trump explained that “in the current conditions, we are attracting military specialists on a larger scale.” In addition, the us President announced the dispatch of artificial ventilation devices to the state of new York. “Now we have about 10 thousand ventilators in warehouses. And we will send a certain part of it to new York. Part directly to the city of new York, part – for the state, – he told.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin explained the procedure for driving cars in the capital.

He denied the information about the ban on the passage of several people in one car. Earlier, he signed a law on the introduction of fines for non-compliance with the self-isolation regime using a car in the amount of 5 thousand rubles.

“If you go to work, if you go to the store, for God’s sake. But it shouldn’t be mass skating, ” Mr. Sobyanin said on the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

He claims that an intelligent transport system can track whether a car goes from home to work and back, or takes a long “ride around the city”.

Plastic particles are detected even in the air

Scientists from the University of London, Kings College, conducted a number of studies on the concentration of microplastics in the world’s largest cities. The largest volume was found in the UK capital.

There are between 575 and 1008 fragments of 15 types of plastic per square meter every day. This is 20 times higher than in Dongguan, 7 times higher than in Paris, and three times higher than in Hamburg.

Convert human brain signals into text

Machine learning specialists from the University of California developed an algorithm that decoded the brain waves accompanying people’s speech in real time. Researchers used electrodes to take readings of cortical activity in different parts of the brain, while people read sentences from a sample the scientists gave them out loud. This data was then transmitted to a neural network that decoded this sample. The researchers found that in their system, the probability of error in the best case is only 3%.

We have introduced a mode “Stop motion”

Ramzan Kadyrov said that the ban on movement of vehicles and pedestrians at night can not be called a curfew. The head of Chechnya wrote in Instagram that this measure is necessary in order for the night to carry out disinfection.

“Write that we declared a curfew. No! We do not assume this role. We have introduced a mode “Stop motion” to at night to clean and to disinfect the city and the settlements,” – wrote Kadyrov.

The Russian government has imposed a moratorium on bankruptcy of companies

The moratorium applies to companies whose main activity is included in the list of industries most affected by coronavirus, and companies that are recognized as system-forming and strategic. The ban is imposed for six months. The decree is published on the government’s website.

In March, the Russian Federal budget increased 1.6 times to 12.86 trillion rubles

The volume of the national welfare Fund (NWF) as of April 1, 2020 amounted to 12 trillion 855.75 billion rubles, or 11.3% of GDP, which is equivalent to $165.384 billion, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation said in a statement.

The Central Bank of Russia decided not to transfer payments on loans

The Central Bank believes that during the long April weekend, obligations must be fulfilled by debtors within the period stipulated by the contract. During the first non-working week, payments were transferred to the first working day

“The Bank of Russia proceeds from the fact that obligations under financial transactions, the term of execution of which falls on non-working days, must be fulfilled by debtors within the period stipulated in the contract,” the report says.

They are not going to cancel the quarantine in Germany yet.

“We are only in the initial stage of the pandemic and have no right to prematurely cancel the necessary measures,” said the German interior Minister.

In this case, the country’s leadership is guided, in particular, by a very clear statistical criterion. It believes that preparations for the first relief can begin only after the number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus has doubled no more than once every ten days. For now, this happens about every five days.

Russia is ready to reduce oil production by 1 million barrels per day

Russia is ready to reduce oil production by 1 million barrels per day, provided that the United States joins the deal, Bloomberg writes, citing sources.

Russians can visit hypermarkets, not just stores at home

The Ministry of industry and trade of the Russian Federation pointed out to the Russian regions the need to explain to Russians that during the period of self-isolation they can visit large hypermarkets and supermarkets that are not located close to the places of residence of citizens, the relevant instructions of the Ministry are available to RIA Novosti.

The Ministry of Finance will sell currency from the NWF

The Ministry of Finance will start selling foreign currency from the national welfare Fund as part of the budget rule on April 7. According to the Agency, until may 12, the sales volume will be 77.8 billion rubles, and the daily volume will be 3.5 billion rubles.

Fonbet betting company was recognized as a system-forming company for Russia

Fonbet betting company somehow got into the anti-crisis list of the Russian government, which included “system-forming Russian companies” whose financial condition will be controlled by the Russian authorities in the face of falling world oil prices and a coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministry of Finance could not comment on why the bookmaker is recognized as a system-forming company, the preservation of which is critical. It is noteworthy that almost all sports events were canceled during the pandemic

The Central Bank told about the procedure for banks to work until April 30

Russian banks and financial organizations should solve the problem of providing services to clients via remote channels during the period of self-isolation. This is reported by the press service of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

Russians have become more likely to issue microloans

Russians in March this year, against the background of the spread of the coronavirus in the country, issued 17 million applications for microloans, which is 30.8% more than in March last year, according to the study of the financial marketplace “Unicom24”, which is available to RIA Novosti.

China launches Wuhan satellite to celebrate victory over coronavirus

China plans to launch the Wuhan space satellite, named after the struggle of Chinese citizens with the coronavirus epidemic, into orbit at the end of April. The launch will be carried out using a solid-fuel carrier rocket “Kuaizhou-1A”, — reports the newspaper “people’s daily”.

In the UK, 5g cell towers were set on fire

According to unconfirmed information, similar arson attacks were also committed in some other cities in the UK. The police are conducting an investigation, the details of which are not reported. The Birmingham police Department could not reliably confirm whether the torched tower serves the 5G communication network.

Amazon has released a new fantasy series “Stories from the Loop”

On Metacritic, the project’s rating is 68/100 from professional reviewers. Among the advantages of the initial episodes, the authors note the atmosphere, tone and quiet pace of the stories. The first season consists of eight episodes.

The band Green Day released a new mini-album of three remixes

All remixes were prepared by the band itself. According to the musicians, “they put an emphasis on the guitar, which was not heard before.” In late March, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong took part in an online broadcast of a concert hosted by Elton John to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus

John Frusciante released a solo mini-album

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante released a solo mini-album under the pseudonym Trickfinger. The album was titled “Look Down, See Us”.

The band “Splin” released a new song

Samsung will release new wireless headphones Galaxy Buds in the shape of beans

Samsung is preparing to release new wireless headphones Galaxy Buds, which have the code name Beans. The main feature of the device is its unusual shape, resembling beans.

Amazon is preparing to launch its cloud service

The day before, it became known that Amazon spent a significant amount (several hundred million dollars) on the development of its cloud gaming platform. This idea is being implemented as part of the project” Tempo ” (Project Tempo).

Apple Music came in second place for

Among other things, the report shows that the competition between Apple Music and Spotify continues to escalate. According to published data, Apple Music’s subscriber base grew by 36 % in 2019, giving Apple 19 % of the total paid subscriptions of the streaming music services market

AMD refused to support StoreMI technology

Recall that StoreMI technology initially worked with Ryzen 2000 series processors (Pinnacle Ridge) and chipsets of the 400 series. Later, the program added support for the x399 chipset, then chipsets for Ryzen 3000-series processors (Matisse) and the x570 chipset

Facebook has released the Messenger app for PC

Social network Facebook has released the Messenger app for MacOS and Windows amid an increase in the use of the service in the browser, the company said in a statement

Google has new filters for photos

A new feature in the Google Arts & Culture app lets you turn photos into works of art. Or, at least, in similar images. Instead of creating an overlay on the original image or mixing it with an image of an artwork, Art Transfer “starts recreating your photo, in the style of the artist you selected”.

Redmi introduced its first fitness bracelet, Redmi Band

All the characteristics of the new fitness bracelet were not announced, but at the presentation it was said that the tracker received a 1.08-inch screen that displays all the current information about physical activity, as well as time and notifications.

Apple has patented the underwater mode of operation of the iPhone

The US patent and trademark office has published an Apple patent application that describes a new iOS user interface that improves the control of a smartphone under water.

Apple has patented gripping technology for VR in the spirit of Lytro

A recently published Apple patent, filed back in September 2019, details a system for capturing three-dimensional panoramas based on light field theory (similar to that used in Lytro cameras), which is apparently intended for use in future iPhone and iPad devices.

Microsoft will release an update for Windows 10 that will reduce the CPU load

Microsoft has planned a large-scale update for the Windows 10 operating system, which will reduce the load on the processor, as well as reduce the amount of disk space occupied by OS files.

In Russia, Huawei will launch contactless payment on its smartphones

The Chinese company promises to launch the new service in Russia from April 10. We are talking about the “Wallet Pay” service, which will appear in all Huawei smartphones. The service will be pre-installed in the Huawei P40 smartphone. This app allows you to store Bank and discount card data. It is worth noting that this service was launched in the second half of last year and it is available to MasterCard users.

New Xiaomi 60 inch and 8K TVs are presented

Xiaomi Corporation from China presented its next technological products. For example, the Full Screen TV Pro 75 has a narrow frame, which means that the effective screen area does not exceed 97%. Xiaomi Full Screen TV Pro 75 has a 4-core 64-bit processor with a frequency of 1.9 GHz.

Remains of unknown ancient fish discovered in Canada

In Canada, scientists have found the remains of an unknown ancient fish. According to today News Ufa, the fish were found to have fingers. The skeleton of this fish is about 360-390 million years old.

In Singapore, old tires will be sent to space

Employees of the National University of Singapore have come up with a way to use used tires. This is reported by Vevby.ru. They found a way to make aerogel out of them. Already developed processing technology: tires are crushed, soaked in a solvent, boiled and dried. The output is a gel-like substance.

Metal glasses have been given plasticity

Materials scientists from the far Eastern Federal University (FEFU, Vladivostok), Cambridge (UK) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a method for “rejuvenation” of bulk metal glasses – materials that can be used in many areas after such a procedure, RIA Novosti reports. The results are published in one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals Nature

The connection between quantum mechanics and relativity theory is found

Theoretical physicists from the universities of Oxford and Warsaw have long found common ground between special relativity and quantum mechanics. As a result, the experts proved that the connection exists.

A new generation of polymers has been created

A group of scientists have created superconstructions polymers of new generation, that possess special qualities. According to scientists, the physical properties of polymers can be controlled at the molecular level. The new polymers demonstrate resistance to low and high temperatures, as well as resistance to ionizing radiation. Polymers also differ in that they are twice as light as aluminum

Scientists told how aspirin affects the heart and brain

Scientists observed the participants of the experiment for five years. Annual tests and examinations have shown that aspirin has a positive effect on the heart, but the drug does not help the brain. The risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease was not reduced by aspirin.

In the past the planet’s biodiversity was destroyed by volcanoes

Scientists have discovered that a series of volcanic eruptions that filled the atmosphere with harmful greenhouse gases destroyed much of the planet’s biodiversity about a quarter of a billion years ago.

NASA presented an ambitious plan for lunar exploration

On April 2, the national space Council of NASA was presented with a detailed plan for the activities of astronauts during their long-term stay at the first permanent lunar base, Artemis.

“After 20 years of continuous life in earth orbit, we are ready for the next big challenge of space exploration — creating a sustainable presence on and around the moon,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

It is assumed that the astronaut camp will be built in the crater of Shackleton at the South pole of the moon. According to the project, the base will be able to accept up to 4 cosmonauts, who will be selected by the NASA management from 12 thousand Americans who have applied. During their stay on the surface of The lone earth satellite, researchers will study the features of the lunar soil and check whether the conditions of space are suitable for human life