30 Jun, 2020

News digest for 06/29/2020

Researchers have proposed using the level of NAD as one of the markers of the biological age of the body and pathologies of its metabolic processes (obesity, heart disease, liver, chronic inflammation, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, etc.). as reported by RIA Novosti with reference to research published in the journal Analytica Biochemistry, recently this compound was found to have functions that are associated with chemical modifications of proteins.

Benevolence to people depends on a person’s heredity

The contribution of heredity to the manifestation of a friendly attitude to other people is about 45 percent. This was found out by scientists who analyzed the ability to warm to people and perceive this attitude in 464 pairs of twins — both monozygotic and dizygotic. The study, published in the journal Communication Monographs, also highlights the different contributions of genetics depending on gender and age.

American scientists have forced bacteria to produce an antibiotic

According to a study published in eLife, scientists from the University of Illinois have developed a new method for obtaining antibiotics and antiparasitic compounds hidden in the genomes of actinobacteria.

Scientists have found that bacteria secrete the right substances only when they are under threat. For this they used avenalin, which stands antiparasitic compounds, known as “avermectin” soil microbe. A chemically modified version of this compound, ivermectin, is used to treat onchocerciasis or “river blindness”.

In the waters of the ancient Maya discovered toxic contamination

The largest city of the Mayan civilization could have been abandoned because of mercury in water tanks, according to scientists at the University of Cincinnati. Local residents often used the pigment vermilion for the decoration of pottery and buildings. Scientists have suggested that during the rains of pigment leached with mercury and thus got into the tanks in the center of the city of Tikal. Over time, the concentration of mercury in the water became so high that the liquid became extremely toxic.

The new polymer allows you to extract gold from waste

Scientists from Korea have presented a new tool that allows you to clean up garbage and release gold from any other materials. In this they are helped by the organic compound porphyrin. When it combines in a polymer it attracts materials to itself

Black holes are a potential source of incredible energy.

This was stated by specialists of the British School of physics and astronomy of the University of Glasgow. Scientists were able to test the hypothesis of the English physicist Roger Penrose about the extraction of energy from the space of black holes in space.

According to his assumption, if an object is divided into two parts, placed in close proximity to the event horizon, then one of the parts will fall into the black hole, and the remaining part will acquire additional energy. An event horizon is a boundary that does not allow even the smallest rays of light to pass through.

American saber-toothed marsupial tiger excluded from predators

The saber-toothed tiger Thylacosmilus atrox, whose remains were found on the territory of modern-day Argentina, apparently did not kill prey, but was a scavenger, according to PeerJ. Judging by the wear and tear of its large fangs, the animal used them to strip meat from bones

Scientists have discovered previously unknown currents in the southern ocean

Scientists said that with the help of seals, they were able to detect active ocean currents in the southern ocean. The authors of the discovery were employees of the University of Gothenburg. Scientific experts were collecting data in the southern ocean under the sea ice, as well as near it.

A method for efficiently obtaining fuel from water is proposed

Japanese scientists have managed to achieve a high level of quantum efficiency for splitting water, which makes it possible to produce hydrogen on an industrial scale in the future. Scientists managed to obtain a high level of quantum efficiency, close to 100%, by using a photocatalyst based on strontium titanate. To him experts have added the co-catalyst based on aluminum.

Astronomers first saw the light of a black hole collision

For the first time in the history of science, astronomers were able to see the collision of two invisible objects — black holes. One of the consequences of the impact was a bright flash of light, thanks to which scientists were able to see this rare phenomenon, writes the BBC

The human brain is changing because of a long stay in space

A long stay in space causes changes in the human brain, writes the magazine National interest. Scientists have found that changes in the direction of increase occur with the volume of the brain, as well as deformations inside the pituitary gland, which is a tiny structure at the base of the skull that is responsible for the bodily functions of several glands.

The contents of an ancient Indian Smoking pipe are revealed

Native Americans filled their Smoking pipes with a plant called sumac smooth. The Indians mixed it with tobacco, thus giving the Smoking process a pleasant smell and useful properties for the body, according to scientists from the United States

Astronomers have discovered two new exoplanets

Two new exoplanets have been discovered about 11 light-years from Earth. Astronomers believe that the future telescope created by NASA and known as James Webb will allow us to study them in more detail. It is noted that it was possible to find potentially habitable planets within the RedDots mission

Astronomers have created a new model of our heliosphere

A completely new model of the heliosphere was proposed by astronomers from Boston University, Professor Merav ofer and his co-author James Drake from the University of Maryland, according to the scientific publication Heritagedaily.

The creators of the TikTok service were accused of spying on users

The Chinese social network TikTok was called a spy service. This is reported by The rozetked portal. A Reddit user who introduced himself as a programmer conducted a study of the social network app. He found out that TikTok collects information about apps installed on the device and about hardware data. It can also get information about the user’s location.

Chip manufacturer from China plans to release its own memory devices

The Chinese company Yangtze Memory (YMTC) plans to produce its own line of memory devices for all types of equipment, ymtc technical Director Chen Weihua said during the SEMICON China exhibition in Shanghai, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 28

LG has started selling a monitor for artists in Russia

Professional monitor 43UN700-B size of 42.5 inches began to sell in Russia LG Electronics, reports June 28 portal 3DNews. According to the report, the monitor is equipped with an IPS matrix and is intended for professional artists, designers, and architects

Microsoft has released a utility for data recovery

A new Windows File Recovery app has been added to the Microsoft Store. The new product uses the command-line interface to restore image, text, video, audio, and archive files.

Microsoft Word will get the function of checking the text for uniqueness

The function of checking the text for quotes from other texts will appear in the Microsoft Word editor in the Office 365 version for educational institutions, Word project Manager Michael Haynes said on June 26 through the company’s press service.

If a quote is found in the text being edited, the user will be able to see the source, where it was taken from, and the full text. The editor will help the user formalize the quotation correctly. The editor can show the percentage of text that is borrowed from open sources. The search will be performed using the Microsoft Bing search engine

Apple will stop completing new iPhones with chargers

Apple is an innovative company and a trendsetter of the market, and perhaps in the future it will set a new standard for smartphone configuration. According to the authoritative insider Ming-Chi Kuo, the new iPhone smartphones will not be equipped with chargers

Tesla no longer receives tax subsidies from the us Federal authorities

The founder of the Tesla company, entrepreneur Elon Musk, announced the end of receiving subsidies from the us authorities. He made the corresponding statement on Twitter. He noted that the company receives the “smallest” tax subsidies from all automobile manufacturers in the country

Panasonic has introduced a new protected tablet Toughbook A3

The Japanese company Panasonic announced the release of its rugged Toughbook tablets. The first of the new products was called Toughbook A3. The device has a 10.1-inch high-resolution display. The advantage of the new tablet is compliance with the standards of IP65 and MIL-STD-810H, which allow you to use these models more safely. High performance is provided by a powerful Snapdragon 660 chip with 4 gigabytes of RAM.

Japan will allocate funds for the development of 6g mobile communication systems

Japanese authorities intend to allocate 70 billion yen (about $652.4 million) to companies that develop sixth-generation (6G) communication systems. This was reported on June 29 by Kyodo, citing government sources. According to the Agency, 6G is planned to be implemented in the country by 2030

According to the new regulations Russian drivers will be deprived of their rights unnoticeably

The project to modernize the administrative regulations of the traffic police has already been published on the legal information portal. According to the document, traffic police officers will be able to use methods of detecting violators that were previously considered optional. In particular, inspectors will now be able to hide in the bushes and keep track of drivers. The document will legalize such methods of work of traffic police officers.

“In order to ensure supervision of traffic on accident-dangerous sections of the road, as well as in cases of supervision of traffic using means of photo and video recording of traffic violations, a patrol car can be placed in places with visibility limited by natural terrain fractures, road turns, as well as elements of the arrangement of the street and road network,” the draft administrative regulations of the traffic police read.

The new version of the rules will also give covert patrolling a legal status. This means that now traffic police inspectors can legally search for violators in an unmarked car. Moreover, inspectors will be allowed to use various “deceptions” when searching for violators.

“To prevent traffic violations, devices (mock – UPS, dummies) that imitate an employee, a patrol car, automatic locking devices, and other electronic devices can be used,” the draft regulation says.

The cost of the Angara rocket is three times higher than the cost of the Proton

The cost of production of the Angara-A5 heavy-class launch vehicle is seven billion rubles, which is three times more than that of the Proton-M, which it will replace, according to the financial report of the Khrunichev Center for 2019

Mishustin allocated subsidies to banks for preferential car loans

Banks will receive subsidies from the state to reimburse spending on preferential car loans to families with children and medical workers. The corresponding decree was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

In Russia, tightened control over the export of wood abroad

In Russia, a government decree has come into force that tightens control over the export of wood and timber products abroad. This is stated in the press release of the Cabinet of Ministers. The document cancels the customs Declaration of goods by submitting a temporary Declaration. Such declarations were used by the exporters of the forest. At the same time, they had the right to correct the data specified in the Declaration. And when the facts of discrepancy between the actual volume of goods declared were revealed, exporters used this right and evaded responsibility.

The number of business jet flights from Moscow at the beginning of the summer has doubled

The number of business jet flights from Moscow airports increased more than twice from April to mid-June: from 400 to about 850 flights a month, two sources at Moscow airports told RBC. Only in Moscow’s largest business aviation terminal, Vnukovo-3, the number of flights in June (compared to April) almost tripled, to 669, a representative of Vnukovo told RBC. According to him, half of the flights are to international destinations.

On lake Baikal it was allowed to burn waste and cut down cedar forests

On June 25, the term of public discussion of the draft government decree developed by the Ministry of natural resources and environment that weakens the regime of the Central ecological zone of lake Baikal ended. The Department offers to allow the following on this territory:

1. Extract mineral, thermal, and radon waters.

2. carry out blasting operations in the water protection zone of the lake related to the construction, reconstruction or major repair of highways.

3. all types of logging in cedar forests.

4. The procurement of turpentine.

5. Use aviation to control forest pests when introducing an emergency mode.

It is also proposed to remove bans on incineration of waste on the lake. Environmentalists attribute this to the intention of officials to eliminate landfills formed during the years of operation of the Baikal pulp and paper mill (bcbc).

Profit of industrial enterprises in China

Profits of China’s largest industrial enterprises fell by 19.3% year-on-year in the first five months of 2020 due to the impact of the new coronavirus pandemic, Xinhua reported on June 28.

The northernmost bridge across the Yenisei will cost 6 billion rubles

According to the results of the auction, the cost of construction of the northernmost automobile bridge over the Yenisei will amount to 6 billion rubles, its construction will be handled by the Mostostroy-11 company»

A comprehensive plan for upgrading and expanding the backbone infrastructure, designed until 2024, was adopted in the fall of 2018. It includes the construction of several highways, high-speed Railways, the development of the Northern sea route, and the construction of Russian sections of the Europe — Western China corridor. According to the calculations of the Ministry of Finance, the implementation of the plan will require more than six trillion rubles.

China’s major oil companies are planning an Alliance

In China, four state-owned oil refiners will form an Alliance to jointly purchase oil, Bloomberg writes. It is noted that we are talking about Sinopec, PetroChina, CNOOC and Sinochem, which have already received the support of the authorities.

Transneft has requested emergency support measures

According to Kommersant, on June 26, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov held a meeting on the issue of Transneft tariffs, which the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, asks to reduce by half to the level of 2008. No final decisions have been made.

Russia will increase the funding of the pension Fund

In 2021, the FIU’s funding will increase by 992 billion rubles compared to the previous period. The increase relative to the plans is 29.16%. The total budget revenue of the Fund will be 9.67 trillion rubles.

Agricultural Bank of China increased financial support for the village

As of June 23, loans issued by the Agricultural Bank of China to the country’s County-level regions exceeded 5 trillion yuan (about $708.7 billion), which is 462.1 billion yuan more than at the beginning of the year. Personal loans in China’s counties totaled 2.11 trillion yuan, up 9.55% from the beginning of the year, while loans to legal entities reached 2.89 trillion yuan, which in turn is 10.64% higher than at the beginning of the year, Xinhua reported on June 27.

In the United States declared bankruptcy shale oil producer Chesapeake Energy

American company Chesapeake Energy, specializing in shale oil production, declared bankruptcy. On June 28, the company announced on its website that it had applied to Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy law, which allows for the reorganization of operations.

Information about Russia’s collusion with the Taliban is unreliable

US intelligence, according to us President Donald Trump, considered inaccurate information about Russia’s collusion with the Taliban.

“Perhaps this is just another commissioned article by Lipova of the New York Times, just like their failed “duck” about Russia (the accusation of collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election). Who is their source? ” the President asked.

Earlier, the New York Times claimed that it was the us intelligence services that came to the conclusion that Russia was secretly offering payment for the killing of us military supporters of the banned Taliban movement in Russia.

The cost of the Moscow – Kazan high-speed toll road will not increase

There will be no increase in price, I believe that we will find technical solutions. We will try to meet the budget. So far, we have 870 intersections with engineering networks. While we do not know how much it will cost to switch, but the found technical solutions allow us to say that they will be cheaper than we did before, – said Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnulin

The head of Avtodor said in turn that it is technically possible to build a highway twice as fast, but there were no such precedents, even in Soviet times. The project is estimated at 730 billion rubles.

Released a new trailer for the animated film “Soul” from Pixar

The cartoon was supposed to be released on June 17, but the premiere was postponed due to the pandemic. On Monday, June 29, it became known that the network has a new trailer for the animated film “Soul” from Pixar . The video is published on the official YouTube channel of the film company.

Europe is not going to open borders for Russians yet

European countries are not yet considering opening borders to Russians, based on the number of detected cases of coronavirus infection in the country, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with RT.

Lukashenko called Minsk the only ally of Moscow

The only ally that Russia has left is Belarus, “President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said on Belarus 1 TV channel.” and I often tell Putin this: I understand you, you can’t lose Belarus. I understand that you can’t fight to save Belarus either. Why? Because the process of squeezing Russia out of very marginal markets has begun: a) — the European Union, b) — Ukraine, — Lukashenko said.

According to the Belarusian leader, Belarus is the second country after Germany in terms of gas purchases from Russia, as well as a major oil importer. Lukashenko noted that losing Belarus is “the strongest blow to Russia’s domestic policy.”

Egypt announced its desire to purchase 500 Russian t-90MS tanks

The Egyptian government intends to purchase five hundred Russian-made T-90MS tanks. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of transport of Egypt, major General Kamel al-Wazir on his page in the social network.

China to impose visa sanctions against the US

China has revealed its response to US sanctions over the situation with the high-profile security law in Hong Kong. This is reported by TASS with reference to the representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of China Zhao Lijian.

Beijing has decided to impose visa restrictions on American representatives who have taken “improper actions” over Hong Kong. The identities of those sanctioned were not disclosed.

Earlier, the US imposed sanctions on Chinese Communist party officials for ” undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and violating human rights.”

Margot Robbie will star in ” Pirates of the Caribbean”

Details of the plot are still kept secret. Presumably, this will be a completely new story with new characters. Who exactly will play Margot Robbie in the project, is not disclosed.

This film will be a separate project, unrelated to the relaunch of the franchise. It is expected that all the main roles will go to women. The screenwriter of the new version of “Pirates” will be Kristina Hodson. She doesn’t want her film to be seen as a spin-off from a series of films starring johnny Depp. The producer was replaced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who had worked on the previous parts of the series.

Depeche Mode released a double live album

British electronic rock band Depeche Mode released a double live album “LiVE SPiRiTS SOUNDTRACK”. Fans are presented with recordings of the final two concerts in Berlin in 2018. It is noteworthy that earlier compositions in such a performance have not been published anywhere

Russian banks began to reduce credit risks by reducing the overdraft limit

By the end of may, the average overdraft limit fell to 20.4 thousand rubles, according to statistics from the credit history Bureau Equifax. Compared to April, it has decreased by more than a third (34.8%), and compared to March, when the crisis and pandemic just started, it has decreased by almost 60%. In addition, credit organizations have sharply reduced the issuance of cards with this option: in may, consumers received only 3.8 thousand debit cards with an overdraft — 8.2 times less than in March. The volume of cards issued with an overdraft in may amounted to 78.3 million rubles, compared to March, it fell by more than 20 times.

According to the Bureau’s statistics, as of June 1, 2020, 903 thousand cards with an overdraft option were issued in Russia. The total limit for them was 13.2 billion rubles.

RSA has launched a new electronic CTP database

The Russian Union of motor insurers (RSA) has announced the launch of a new automated information system (AIS) for CTP. It will allow you to collect, store and process information on mandatory auto insurance

Cinemas in Russia will open on July 15

From July 15, restrictions on cinemas will be lifted in Russia and they will be open. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, calling it good news. The broadcast was conducted by the TV channel ” Russia 24″

Major advertisers have announced a boycott of Facebook

Major companies have begun to refuse to place ads on Facebook due to dissatisfaction with the way the social network administrators are fighting hate speech. On June 26, this decision was announced by one of the world’s largest suppliers of consumer goods Unilever, writes The Wall Street Journal.

Before that, Verizon Communications announced a boycott of Facebook. Later, other major advertisers, including Coca-Cola, Diageo and Starbucks, decided to stop advertising on the social network.

Rosturizm confirmed the change in the rules for accepting tourists

When settling in the sanatorium, tourists will no longer need to provide a certificate of absence of coronavirus infection. This was reported on Saturday, June 27, by the press service of the Federal tourism Agency. The change was made as part of an agreement between the Federal Agency for tourism and Rospotrebnadzor.

Extended special regime on the territory of Yakutsk

The order of the head of the city of Yakutsk in the territory of the city district extended the special fire protection regime from 9 am on June 26 to 9 am on July 27, 2020 in connection with the establishment of the IV class of fire danger.

The summer tourist season in Russia will last until November

The summer tourist season in Russia will last until October-November due to the situation with coronavirus. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, TASS reports. According to him, many Russians were forced to postpone their vacation plans due to the pandemic, so “the season will go with a shift”.

This year will be unique in terms of tourism. Many had to postpone their vacation plans, so the season will go with a shift, but it will last until October-November. During this time, we expect that approximately 20-22 million of our fellow citizens will spend their holidays in Russia. – Dmitry Chernyshenko, Russian politician

Hungary has decided to build a continuation of the ” Turkish stream”

Hungarian gas transport operator FGSZ approved investments in the construction of a connecting gas pipeline with Serbia with a capacity of 6 billion cubic meters per year, the press service of the operator reported on June 26. It is expected that gas from the Turkish stream will be transported to the country via it, RIA Novosti writes.

In Primorsky Krai, the production of twin-engine aircraft based on the An-2 will be established

The government of Primorsky Krai will provide support to enterprises of the military-industrial complex that have found themselves in a difficult economic situation due to a reduction in state orders, and they will start mass production of civil twin-engine aircraft based on the An-2.

Ensuring loading of production capacities of LLC 322 ARZ in Vozdvizhenka village of the Ussuri city district. The enterprise is ready to become the production base of the helicopter company LLC “Granat” for the production of a new twin-engine civil aircraft based on the An-2, – said the Minister of industry and trade of the Primorsky territory Sergey Kalitin

Every third Bank in the top hundred made a loss in may

Every third Bank of the first hundred in may 2020 suffered a loss, and every tenth it exceeded 1 billion rubles, the total profit of the sector was only 1.5 billion rubles, writes Kommersant, referring to the published statements of banks under the RAS on June 1.

Amazon employees in Germany have started a strike

At six sites in Germany, employees of the Amazon Corporation on the night of June 29 began a strike, Spiegel reported, citing the trade Union Ver. di. The Union has called for workers to go on strike for two days as part of a campaign for a “Good and healthy work” tariff agreement

A teaser of the car appeared on the official page of Xiaomi

In the Network, there was information that the Chinese brand Xiaomi engaged in the development of the car. It is reported that the Chinese microblogging service Weibo has a teaser from Xiaomi with an image of an electric SUV in the style of Suzuki Jumny. However, the teaser was deleted very quickly.