26 Sep, 2020

News digest for 09/25/2020

From 2021, almost 800,000 Russian teachers will receive protected tablets running on the Russian Aurora operating system, which is being developed in Innopolis. This is reported by the newspaper “Izvestia”.

Maksut Shadaev, Minister of digital development, communications and mass media of the Russian Federation, spoke about the new initiative on the sidelines of the conference “Digital industry of industrial Russia” in Nizhny Novgorod.

The head of the Ministry of Finance explained that the authorities decided to abandon the idea of providing Russian civil servants with gadgets from the domestic OS because of the high cost of such a decision.

Plans to provide officials with protected tablets were reported by Kommersant in may 2018.

By the end of 2021, 7.9 million employees of state agencies, budget institutions and state-owned companies should gradually switch to new smartphones. The program will cost 160.2 billion rubles. Of these, 71.3 billion rubles should be allocated from the Federal budget, 78.2 billion rubles.— state-owned companies and another 10.7 billion rubles.— from local budgets, — the newspaper noted

Suppressed thoughts are stored in a hidden part of the brain

Neuroscientists at UNSW were able to “decipher” complex brain activity using functional brain imaging (called fMRI) and an imaging algorithm. The findings suggest that even when a person manages to ignore a thought like a pink elephant, it may still exist in another part of the brain, even if they are not aware of it.

“We were able to find a visual representation of this thought — even when participants thought they had successfully pushed the image out of their head,” says Joel Pearson, senior author of the study and Professor of cognitive neuroscience at UNSW Science.

This suggests that mental images can form even when we try to stop them.

Flying beetles will be prototype flying robots

Specialists of the Department of entomology of Moscow state University found that the evolutionary transition to a tiny size (miniaturization) and to philopteridae (of procrasti), accompanied by the smallest bugs with the formulation of a special flight mechanism that allowed these insects to improve the efficiency of movement through the air. The article was published as a short report in the journal PNAS

Scientists have revealed that longevity depends on genes

Scientists from the University of Boston claim that longevity can be predicted with 80% accuracy. In order to determine the length of people’s lives, all that is required is genetic screening.

A total of 33 longevity genes were identified. But by combining them using computer modeling, scientists have counted 150 options for the development of longevity. 77% – an accurate indication of a centenarian. But even those 23% that are not long-life genes, scientists define as external harmful factors that do not affect genetics. These results were obtained during the study of European centenarians. However, the experiment should be continued by studying other ethnic groups.

Scientists calculated the dynamics of the plasma Wake wave

Scientists from the Budker Institute of nuclear physics SB RAS helped interpret the results of an American experiment to measure the long-term dynamics of a plasma Wake wave. It turned out that more than 80% of the initial energy of the wave remains in the plasma and passes into the energy of its expansion, which makes the prospects for Wake accelerators less optimistic. The results of the study are published in the journal Nature Communications.

Found a replacement of copper in the windings of electric motors

Electric motors become the main source of mechanical power. But there is a problem: such units require a large amount of expensive copper. American scientists from the Oak ridge national laboratory have found a solution.

Scientists have created a composite material, we are talking about carbon nanotubes, which should be applied to a small flat plate made of the same copper. The performance of prototypes created using the new technology of electric motors is about 20% higher than that of traditional ones. In addition, the engines are compact and light, which is also important for the design of any modern machine or unit.

The reason for sudden explosions of volcanoes were crystals

This is the conclusion reached by a German-British research team led by Dr Danilo de Genova from the University of Bayreuth. Dr. de Genova’s group focused on the study of magma with a low content of silicon oxide, which turns into basalt after an eruption on the surface. Usually this magma has a low viscosity and forms a very liquid and flowing lava. But, as we found out, the nanoliths contained in such magma (small grains of crystals with a high content of iron, silicon and aluminum), if their concentration is high enough, can increase its viscosity. As a result, magma begins to work as a plug, holding back the release of volcanic gases. The pressure in the volcano gradually increases, and as a result, a sudden explosion occurs.

How much sleep you need to lose weight

Researchers from Bristol and Stanford universities created a graph showing the correlation between body mass index and sleep duration. It turned out that the body mass index was always higher in patients who slept less or more than 8 hours. The experiment was conducted with the participation of people who were already diagnosed with obesity. Thus, we can conclude that long-term sleep has more advantages than short-term sleep

Scientists have proven the origin of life on Earth by chemical reactions

Scientists have proven that life on Earth occurred as a result of chemical reactions. To do this, they created the Allchemy program and put six simple molecules into it. Already at the third stage of synthesis, the program demonstrated the known amino acids and biochemical compounds that make up the basis of life. This is reported by the journal Science.

The world’s first Atlas of heart cells has been created

American scientists have created the first detailed Atlas of the human heart — a collection of maps that show almost half a million cells and determine the functions of each of them. The results of the study are published in the journal Nature

Scientists found a flickering shadow of a supermassive black hole

Scientists from the Planck Institute studied archival data from astronomical observations of the supermassive black hole M87*, which is located in the center of the elliptical galaxy M87 in the constellation Virgo, and found that its shadow changes with time and flickers, writes Astrophysical Journal.

Scientists present new evidence for the existence of black holes

The new method shows an impressive difference, strongly suggesting the presence of an event horizon, the unmistakable signature of a black hole. The concept of a black hole was first formulated in 1784 by the English Reverend John Michell in the context of Newtonian theory of gravity.

An alternative form of life can exist even in the bowels of stars

According to a study by a group of physicists, hypothetically, there may well be species that can form, develop and thrive in the bowels of stars. It all depends on how you define life. If we take as the key the ability to encode information by some carriers and the ability of these carriers to reproduce themselves faster than they decay, then hypothetical monopole particles strung on cosmic threads can become the basis of life inside stars, just as DNA and RNA form the basis of life on Earth.

Russia has decided to join a new space race

The network has information that Russia has decided to join the new space race: Russian experts will send actors into orbit to shoot the first film in space. Thus, Roscosmos wants to bypass NASA in this matter, which previously announced plans to implement a similar project.

On the official website of Roscosmos, information appeared that the production of this film will be handled by channel One and the company Yellow, Black and White. At the same time, the film even has a preliminary title (“Challenge”) and a Director in the person of Klim Shipenko. The author’s last known works are the over-successful “Serf” and the provocative “Text” based on the novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky.

It is expected that the film will be produced by the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin and the General Director of Channel One Konstantin Ernst. The main character of the film and his understudy are scheduled to launch to the ISS in the fall of 2021.

Epic Games and Spotify formed a coalition against Apple

Technology companies Spotify and Epic Games has established the “Coalition for justice applications.” It is aimed at fighting Apple and creating a level playing field for app development companies. In particular, we are talking about the cancellation of 30% App Store commissions, the lack of the ability to distribute apps on iOS, as well as anti-competitive rules of the App Store. The coalition also includes Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain, Deezer, EPC, Match Group, News Media Europe, Prepear, ProtonMail, SkyDemon, and Tile.

Instagram spies on users via camera

Check Point specialists found a dangerous vulnerability in Instagram that allowed them to monitor users of the social network. To do this, it was enough to send the victim a special image, according to the blog of the company specializing in cybersecurity.

Microsoft announced the release of Office 2020 without a subscription

Many users feared that this was the latest version of Microsoft Office without a subscription. The new Microsoft Office 2020 will be released in the second half of 2021. The SOFTWARE will be available for Windows and MacOS.

In Russia will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

The new folding smartphone with a flexible screen Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is now available to all Russians. Official sales of the device will start on Friday, September 25. Sales were scheduled to start on September 18

The trailer for the Series “Truth Seekers” was released

A trailer for Simon Pegg and nick frost’s joint series “Truth Seekers” has been released on YouTube. The actors themselves wrote the script and played the main roles in the film. The series will tell the story of scientists who investigate paranormal phenomena occurring in the UK. The premiere will take place on October 30 in Amazon Prime Video.

Netflix to make a documentary about “Crosses”

The first Russian documentary on the Netflix platform will be a film about “Crosses” directed by angelina Golikova. You can watch it in Russian with English subtitles. The film will tell about the legendary prison in St. Petersburg and the people who were in it

Botticelli painting to be auctioned in new York

A painting by Sandro Botticelli will be auctioned in new York in January for $80 million. This was announced on Thursday by the trading house Sotheby’s. According to him, the portrait “Young man with a medallion” dates back to 1470-1480 years.

Navalny will remain in Germany until full rehabilitation

The blogger plans to stay in Germany until the entire rehabilitation course is completed. According to the official representative of the anti-corruption Foundation, Kira Yarmysh, it will take a long time to restore the founder of the organization.

The Clinton Foundation is being investigated in the US

According to Fox News, special Prosecutor John Durham is charged with investigating the activities of the Clinton Foundation, which was established in 1997. It is specified that the investigation will carefully examine data on the so-called uranium deal, in which the company Uranium One came under the control of Rosatom, as well as the incident with the use of Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State of a personal email box for official purposes.

US to provide humanitarian aid for Syrian citizens

The United States has decided to allocate more than $720 million in humanitarian aid to citizens affected by the conflict in Syria, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Thursday

German military counterintelligence chief resigns over scandal

The head of Germany’s military counterintelligence (MAD), Christoph Gramm, will be dismissed amid increased actions by the German government to fight the far-right. Gramm launched reforms aimed at removing links between the far-right and the army, but the Bundeswehr made it clear that the Agency needed to take tougher measures to combat extremists in its ranks. Gramm has been retired early and his successor has not yet been named.

The accounts chamber noted an increase in the level of poverty in Russia

The poverty rate in the second quarter of 2020 increased by 1 percentage point compared to the level of the first quarter and amounted to 13.5%, which creates a risk that the national goal of reducing poverty by half by 2030 will not be achieved.

The shareholders of the savings Bank approved a record dividend

Sberbank shareholders at the annual meeting approved the payment of record dividends in the amount of 422.4 billion rubles for 2019 — this is 50% of net profit under IFRS. 18.7 rubles will be paid per share, according to the Bank’s message. Sberbank’s net profit for 2019 after tax amounted to RUB 856 billion.

Russian consumer credit debts hit a two-year high

This is reported by RBC with reference to the statistics of the credit history Bureau Equifax. It is noted that at the end of August, the volume of cash loans for which there were no payments for more than 90 days increased to 570.05 billion rubles.

French national debt rises to record level

France’s public debt rose to an all-time high of 114.1% of GDP at the end of June. This was announced on Friday by the national Institute of statistics and economic research (Insee).

Rosstat will start taking Pension Fund data into account when calculating salaries

In 2021, the Federal state statistics service of the Russian Federation (Rosstat) will start taking into account data from The pension Fund of Russia (FIU) when calculating salary indicators. This is evidenced by the tender of the Federal state statistics service, reports “Kommersant”. In practice, this will lead to a decrease in the average salary in the country, since now it is 47.8 thousand rubles, and the median is 34.3 thousand rubles.

BMW will pay a fine for overstating sales figures

BMW and two subsidiaries in the United States agreed to pay a fine of $ 18 million. This decision was made after accusations that the brand disclosed false information about the volume of retail sales of its cars in the United States, while receiving about $ 18 billion from investors as part of a corporate bond offer.

“BMW misled investors about the performance of its retail sales in the United States and consumer demand for BMW cars in the American market, which allowed it to raise additional funds,” said Stephanie Avakian, Director of the SEC’s enforcement division.

Video surveillance system with face recognition will be launched in Russian cities

A Moscow video surveillance system with face recognition has been launched in a pilot mode in ten major Russian cities, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Friday.

According to the publication, the introduction of a facial recognition system in a large city will cost an average of 100-110 million rubles and will be used to search for criminals whose photos are contained in the databases of the Ministry of internal Affairs, as well as quarantine violators.

In Moscow opened a case on two police officers

The investigative Committee in Moscow opened a criminal case against two employees of the Ministry of internal Affairs, suspected of illegally distributing data about citizens obtained from the facial recognition system. This is reported by Kommersant, referring to the resolution of the UK.

The criminal wounded two people at the former Charlie Hebdo editorial office

At least four people were injured outside the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Two victims are in serious condition. It is reported that people were stabbed.

Artificial intelligence has been taught to recognize a masked person

Programmers from Belarus have developed an algorithm that allows you to “rip off” the masks of law enforcement officers who beat up peaceful protesters. To do this, the algorithm analyzes the exposed parts of faces and compares them with publicly available images on social networks, and then points to the person who is most likely hiding behind a mask. The operation of the new system was clearly shown in the video. Its creators call on the Belarusian security forces to stop beating peaceful protesters

Two administrative protocols were drawn up for lawyer Maria Kolesnikova

Two administrative reports were drawn up against lawyer Lyudmila Kazak, who defended a member of the constitutional court Maria Kolesnikova: for participating in an unauthorized mass event and disobeying the demands of police officers. As he writes Tut.by, the defenders of the Cossacks could not get to her in the IVS on akrestina for more than three hours. and the woman herself was denied medical care after being detained.

She was captured on Kommunisticheskaya street as she approached the car by three men. One, as she understood, was a Riot police officer, and two — it is unknown who, in masks. She was taken to the Central police Department. Protocols were drawn up under articles 23.34 and 23.4. Allegedly, on August 30, she was at a mass event on Pobediteley Avenue. In fact, she was at the Galileo shopping center that day with her daughter, buying things for school. The witnesses in the protocols were identified as “Ivanovs Ivan Ivanovich” — that is, persons whose personal data was changed.

Lawyers believe that Kazak is being persecuted in connection with his professional activities, and the charges are called far-fetched.

The court in Minsk left Maria Kolesnikova in custody

The Minsk city court upheld the court’s decision to keep Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the Presidium of the coordinating Council of the Belarusian opposition, in custody. “Leave the complaint without satisfaction,” Interfax quoted the judge as saying.

Russia may impose restrictions on children’s registration in social networks.

State Duma Deputy Yevgeny Fedorov proposed allowing registration for citizens under 14 years of age only with the permission of their parents. He sent the corresponding initiative to the head of the Ministry of digital development Maksut Shadayev.

Google has removed images of mount Uluru at the request of aboriginal Australians

Google has agreed to remove images of Australia’s mount Uluru at the request of the state parks administration of Australia (Parks Australia). This was reported by Reuters

The reason for this request was the reluctance of the aborigines of Australia from the anangu tribe to allow strangers to climb Uluru even in a virtual way. For them, this place is sacred, so anangu was called to close the ascent to this mountain since 1985, so that no one but them and their guests could visit this place.

In the Leningrad region, owners of agricultural land were allowed to grow wood

Owners of agricultural land will have the right to grow wood on them and sell wood for commercial purposes. This follows from the approved government decree No. 1509, which regulates the use, protection, protection and reproduction of forests on agricultural land.

Sberbank is not yet able to open offices in Crimea

Sberbank is not yet able to open offices in the Republic of Crimea, the Bank’s Vice President Lev Khasis said at an online conference, answering a question from a regional journalist. Sberbank will open offices in Crimea when we have the opportunity to do so.

We will open offices in the Republic of Crimea at the moment when we have such an opportunity. Unfortunately, we do not have such an opportunity now, and therefore we do not open them

The Russian government has launched an Association of cities with millions of people

The national economic recovery plan approved by the Russian government will launch the creation of agglomerations in Russia. The government believes that this tactic will help the regions get out of the crisis, especially if they unite cities with millions of people-for example, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk and Perm. In General, the reform may affect 15 regions of Russia.

Lukashenko suggested to the head of the Leningrad region to build a joint seaport

As reported, at the end of August, Lukashenko said that in response to the sanctions of the Baltic countries, Belarus will stop using their ports for transshipment of its export cargo (mainly potash fertilizers and petroleum products)

The CEC commented on the victory of the cleaner in the elections in the Kostroma region

Victory Marina Wigodsky in the elections of Povalihinsky rural settlement Chuhlomskogo district of Kostroma region legitimate said on 24 September, the CEC Chairman, Ella Pamfilova in interview to “Moscow speaking”.

She (Wigodsky — approx.) she confessed that she was a technical candidate, but there was no forgery. The person went to the polls, the villagers voted for her, she did not expect this as a cleaner.

Journalists nominated for the Nobel peace prize the maid Maria Uchodzcow

According to MK, the editorial staff decided to conduct an experiment and submit an application on the website of the Nobel Committee. According to the rules, candidates can be nominated by members of “national assemblies and national governments of sovereign States”, heads of state, as well as rectors or University professors. One of the employees fell into the latter category and made a request.

It says that Marina Udgodskaya is “a young woman who won local elections in Russia, proving to the whole world that it is a working person who has the right and should exercise public administration.”

The request was confirmed. At the same time, the real candidates will be selected by the Nobel Committee, which has no right to disclose information about candidates and nominees in the next 50 years.

How many Belarusians want an Alliance with Russia

Director Of the Institute of political research “Political sphere” Andrey Kazakevich announced the results of sociological research conducted in the past and current years. It turned out that only 2-5 percent of the Belarusians polled expressed positive support for the Republic’s accession to the Russian Federation. About half of the respondents chose the option of an Alliance with Russia.

“It is meant as a Union of two sovereign States. This is the dominant idea,” the expert said.

Gorbachev supported anti-Lukashenko protesters in Belarus

The first President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev spoke for the Belarusian people, he also does not believe that Lukashenka won such a large number of votes in the presidential election. Gorbachev expressed his opinion about Belarusians and noted that he loves and respects them.

I know a lot about them, even from the time when they came to earn bread in the Stavropol territory… Well done Belarusians. Now they have a character. This is very good, ” the former leader said

Facebook blocked three networks of accounts linked to Russia

Facebook instagram specialists removed a total of 214 Facebook users, 35 pages and 18 groups, and blocked 34 Instagram accounts. The activity of these users and groups was mainly focused on topics related to Syria and Ukraine, to a lesser extent on topics related to Turkey, Japan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus and Moldova, Facebook said. A small percentage of these users ‘ activity was also directed to the UK and the US.

Networks of accounts that Facebook claims were created by users from Russia were removed for violating the company’s policy “prohibiting government or foreign interference that is coordinated fictitious behavior (CIB) in the interests of a foreign or government organization,” the report explains

Kim Jong UN apologizes to Seoul for killing South Korean official

North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN sent a letter to the South Korean authorities apologizing for the murder of a citizen of the Republic in the territorial waters of the DPRK. This is reported by the Yonhap news Agency with reference to the office of the President of the country

Russia has expanded the list of EU citizens who are banned from entering the country

Russian foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced the expansion of the black list of EU citizens who are banned from entering Russia, RT reports.

The presidents of Russia and Belarus were invited to the forum of regions in Minsk

Presidents Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin were invited to the VII forum of regions of Belarus and Russia in Minsk on September 28-29, TASS reports. This was told by the Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Anatoly Isachenko.

Putin is not planning a Trip to the forum of regions in Minsk yet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet added a trip to Minsk to his schedule. This was announced by the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. The forum of regions of Belarus and Russia will be held in Minsk on September 28-29

Published a list of security forces who used force against protesters

In Minsk, neighbors “declassified” the head of the city’s Riot police, who personally led the dispersal of rallies. According to eyewitnesses, during one of the actions, he hit a woman.

Belarusian channels published a list of 12 security officers who used force against the protesters. In addition to their titles and personal information, it contains their home addresses.

Poland is ready to keep graduates from Belarus

Poland is ready to keep graduates from Belarus if they face difficulties in confirming their diplomas at home, a representative of the Ministry of science and higher education of the Republic told RIA Novosti.

Earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarusian students who study in Poland will have to confirm their diplomas in Belarus.

Such a person cannot work in the administration

The head of the Yalta administration said that his Deputy lost his position because of statements about the events in Belarus. In an interview with the newspaper “Rise”, Ivan Imgrunt said that Mikhail Zagortsev publicly supported the protests in Belarus, and such a person cannot work in the administration.

“He was dismissed at his own request, but the reason for the dismissal is statements that were made before he was hired. Statements in support of the Belarusian opposition are not compatible with the title of Deputy head of the administration. We can’t have an official in the administration who supports the opposition. Quit and support whoever you want.”

Mikhail Zagortsev was appointed Vice-mayor of Yalta on September 21. before that, he was the head of the district Executive Committee in Belarus. In August, he recorded a video message in which he sided with the opposition and suggested that Russian security forces were involved in suppressing the protests.

Thank you, unknown good friends. You are good people

Navalny thanked the pilots and doctors of the Omsk ambulance. The opposition leader said on Instagram that they gave him an extra 15-20 hours of life

A chain of happy accidents and clear actions of unknown kind people began. First, the pilots quickly landed the plane in Omsk, despite the declared “mining” of the airport. Secondly, the employees of the airport medical service who came and the reanimobile that came for them did not say any lies about diabetes and so on, but immediately clearly said: “this is toxic poisoning”, and they gave me a dose of atropine

The Russian authorities regard this as indirect interference in the Affairs of Belarus

The Kremlin said that the decisions of a number of European countries not to consider Lukashenka a legitimate President contradict international law. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the authorities regard this as indirect interference in the Affairs of Belarus.

“We do not welcome such decisions taken in a number of European countries. We believe that they contradict international law, certainly do not contribute to the development of dialogue, and in fact are indirect interference in internal Affairs. Such decisions will definitely slow down and complicate the dialogue between these States and Belarus.”

In Vietnam, the police seized more than 300 thousand used condoms

The owners of the underground shop sold them again. According to Reuters, the underground factory was located in a warehouse in the southern province of Bin Dong. The owner received used condoms from an “unknown supplier”on a monthly basis.

The woman arrested at the scene of the crime said that the used condoms were first boiled in water, then dried and restored to shape by putting on a wooden phallus, then repackaged and sold for a second round. The employee received 17 cents per kilogram of processed contraceptives. The bags seized by the police weighed more than 360 kilograms.

In Crimea, they are going to build a desalination plant

In Crimea, they are going to build a desalination plant to solve the problem with water supply. The head of the Republic Sergey Aksenov said that the project will be adopted by the Federal government within two weeks.

“The installation will be built in the village of Nikolaevka, on the beach, 30 km direct line to Simferopol. No one has ever implemented such projects in the country. No one is sleeping, all possible options, believe me, were calculated a long time ago.”

Before the installation is connected, it is planned to extract water from underground wells.

Also on the Peninsula, they are going to use sewage for irrigation: they will be cleaned using pumps and a certain type of bacteria.

The lack of water on the Peninsula has been going on since last year, and experts do not rule out that it will continue in 2021. Due to the lack of fresh water in cities, water supply was introduced by the hour. Residents complain massively about the poor pressure and strange color of the water — in different parts of the Peninsula, it varies from red to blue and black.

Effectiveness of the state program for the development of Crimea

The effectiveness of the state program for the development of Crimea, for which the state pledged 127 billion rubles last year, was so low that it is “not subject to assessment”. This is stated in the conclusion of the accounting chamber on the results of the audit of spending of the Federal budget-2019.

In Australia, school children across the country staged a one-day strike.

They are critical of public investment in the development of gas fields. The protesters are calling on the authorities to invest in renewable energy sources.

In Moscow, by the end of the year, they will begin to build a skyscraper-rocket “Roscosmos”

Construction of the 47-storey tower of the National space center on the territory of the plant. Khrunichev should start before the end of 2020, said Alexey Nadyrshin, Deputy Director for facilities management at MIP-Stroy No. 1. He explained that all the documents required for construction should be ready in the fourth quarter. At the site, work is still underway to accelerate and optimize future construction. The estimated cost of the project is 25 billion rubles. It was reported that the building will be built at the expense of funds from the Moscow budget.

Top Manager of the company Gutseriev was charged in the case of embezzlement

The court arrested a top Manager of the company Mikhail Gutseriev-he was suspected that for a bribe of 45 million rubles, he helped get a loan of 5.3 billion rubles for the construction of a plant in Dagestan, Open media learned. The plant was never built, and the loan had to be written off.