13 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/12/2020

Experts from the UK are confident that humanity needs reforms in the energy sector. The team of scientists has calculated that by 2050 it is possible to painlessly reduce the level of electricity consumption to the level of the 1960s. At the same time, now there are all the resources to feed 10 billion people.

For this, according to the researchers, it is necessary to eliminate global inequality, to widely disseminate advanced technologies, and also to change the overall approach to consumption, writes hightech.plus.

Experts have compared their own estimates of what people need for a comfortable life and data on electricity consumption in 119 countries. It turned out that the majority of states spend energy with a significant surplus. In those countries where the level of consumption is the highest, it can be reduced by 95% and this will hardly change people’s lives.

Engineers printed wearable sensors on skin

An international team of scientists led by Professor Huanyu Cheng of the Department of Engineering and Mechanics at Pennsylvania State University has developed flexible printed circuit boards for use in wearable sensors. In this case, the devices can be “created” on the skin. Research materials published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

The nerve cells of the brain are restored

Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, David Hyde, together with colleagues from the United States, established that the death of neurons in the eyes or the human brain leads to neurodegenerative changes in the body, and also affects the occurrence of serious diseases.

It has been determined that the body possesses a network of genes that regulates the process of neuronal repair. The experiments were carried out on zebrafish. Scientists have realized that regeneration requires the body to “switch on” in the early developmental processes. This study indicates that retinal neurons are indeed capable of regenerating, just like nerve cells in the brain.

Scientists have simulated carbon fusion in stars

According to a team of researchers from the universities of Australia and Oslo, they were able to simulate the synthesis of carbon in stars. In a new study published in the journal Physical Review C, scientists were able to obtain Hoyle’s state by directing a beam of protons onto a thin carbon plate. As a result, Hoyle states appeared in the material, some of which switched back to the stable form of carbon, emitting an electron-positron pair. If scientists’ calculations are correct, new data could change understanding of stellar evolution and distribution of elements in the Universe

A stellar explosion destroyed biodiversity on Earth

Adrian Melotte, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, together with colleagues for about 10 years, has been studying the relationship between the possibility of the consequences of ionizing radiation and events that have occurred on Earth.

The massive extinction of many species of living organisms on our planet, which occurred 360 million years ago, is blamed by scientists for a powerful stellar explosion. He created the most unfavorable period on earth

Life Limit of Smartphones Determined

The head of Hi-Tech Mail.ru Dmitry Ryabinin claims that the average life of a smartphone is 3 years. Therefore, the devices will have to be changed regularly. The reason for the replacement is a non-removable battery that quickly deteriorates. After about 2 years, its capacity becomes much less, so it is easier to buy a new phone than to fix an old one, Sputnik radio reports.

About a quarter of Americans get news from YouTube

As it turned out from a study by the Pew Research Center, not all YouTube users use the service only to watch entertainment videos, listen to music and other familiar things. As a result of a survey of Americans, it turned out that 26% of respondents in the United States regard YouTube as a full-fledged source of news. Moreover, for 13% this is the most important way to learn about the current agenda.

Freefly Wave Compact Cinema Camera

The novelty is characterized by a Super 35 format matrix with a resolution of 4096: 3072, a pixel size of 5.5: 5.5 microns, a base value of ISO 250, the ability to shoot RAW video with a compression ratio from 5: 1 to 6: 1, using a removable SSD drive M.2 NVMe mount and passive E-mount (intended for manual lenses, but the standard mount can be removed and others can be used). Freefly Wave is already available for pre-order at $ 10K.

The first Jewish film festival will be held in St. Petersburg

The first Jewish film festival will take place in St. Petersburg from 12 to 17 October. This was reported by the city’s culture committee. Screenings will take place in the Dom Kino and Angleterre cinemas in New Holland

The trailer of the movie “Show” is published

The first trailer of the movie “The Show” has appeared on the Lex Records YouTube channel. Alan Moore, creator of the Watchmen, V for Vendetta and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comics, worked on The Show. Alan also played one of the main roles in the film. Viewers will also see Ellie Bamber, Tom Ford and others. It is not yet known if the show will hit the big screens.

Date of Ural Music Camp in Yekaterinburg

The Ural Music Camp will be held in Yekaterinburg from March 27 to April 2, 2021. Experts from Germany, Holland, Austria, Denmark, Spain will share their experience with performers within the framework of the music camp.

Anyone from any country under the age of 35 can apply. Reception will take place from October 12 to December 12, 2020. Training is conducted in English, participants are provided with free accommodation, meals

Italy and Britain tested the Russian S-400 blocker

The Royal Air Force (Air Force) of Great Britain, together with the development company, Italian Leonardo, tested an autonomous swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) BriteCloud, designed to deceive the radars of the enemy’s integrated air defense system, writes The Drive.

Cryptocurrency handed out to Spanish MPs for free

The head of Tutellus, Miguel Caballero, said that this action is aimed at increasing the literacy of Spanish MPs in digital matters. The authorities will have more opportunities to work with cryptocurrency and understand its role in the modern world.

Japan announces another protest to China

The Japanese government sent a protest to China through diplomatic channels in connection with the dangerous actions of Chinese patrol ships off the disputed Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands. The Secretary General of the Government of the country Katsunobu Kato announced this on October 12 during a regular press conference.

Nobel Prize winners in economics announced

Economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson were awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2020 for developing the concept of auction theory. This was announced by the Nobel Committee during a live broadcast.

Reporting season begins on the US market

US corporations begin publishing quarterly reports for the third quarter of 2020. Banks will traditionally open the reporting season. Major US lenders are to publish results Tuesday through Thursday.

The general trend that has been going on since the beginning of the year is to build up reserves as a precautionary measure in the face of an increase in the number of company bankruptcies. In addition, the Fed recently extended restrictions on share buybacks and bank dividends until the end of the year. Such a ban increases their financial stability, but reduces the attractiveness of owning shares.

The behavior of quotes will be largely determined not only by the actual figures of revenue and net earnings per share, but also by the companies’ forecasts for the future. It’s very important here that heavyweights like Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft give hints that the limit to growth has not been exhausted. Any hint of slowing growth will be negatively received by investors.

In Britain, found evidence of collusion between Huawei and the Chinese Communist Party

The Defense Committee of the UK Parliament presented a special report, which says that Huawei technology poses a threat to the UK and its citizens. The document, titled “5G Security,” is based on the company’s ownership model and the subsidies it received. It claims that Huawei “is clearly closely associated with the Chinese state and the Chinese Communist Party, despite its claims to the contrary.”

The number of ads for the sale of agricultural business is growing

The number of listings for the sale of ready-made agricultural businesses increased by 53% in the third quarter compared to the previous quarter of 2020. This is reported in the study of the site for the search for ads “Avito”

Kerimov raised funds from Sberbank secured by Polyus shares

The holding company of the son of the senator from Dagestan Suleiman Kerimov Said Polyus Gold International Limited (PGIL, registered in Jersey and owns 76.8% of Polyus) attracted a $ 1 billion loan from Sberbank in April 2020, pledging 7.74% of the shares of the gold mining company.

SUEK froze Zabaikalsky asset

SUEK has suspended the development of the Apsatsky coal mine in the Trans-Baikal Territory. This was reported on October 12, 2020 by the Chita.ru news agency with reference to the statement of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Regional Government Andrei Gurulev.

According to him, the deposit was mothballed due to low prices in the coal market. Deputy Prime Minister of Transbaikalia suggested that the Apsatsky coal mine “most likely will not open soon”

The largest banks in Saudi Arabia agree to merge

Saudi Arabia’s largest bank, National Commercial Bank (NCB), will buy its rival Samba Financial Group. Riyadh needs a deal to implement its Vision 2030 strategy to diversify its economy. This was reported by Bloomberg.

Russia’s balance of payments decreased in 9 months

The surplus of the current account of the balance of payments of the Russian Federation in January – September 2020 decreased by 55.45% compared to the same period last year and amounted to $ 24.1 billion, according to the Bank of Russia.

Number of people detained at rallies in Belarus

Belarusian human rights activists spoke about the number of protesters who were detained on October 11 at the Sunday March of Pride. Employees of the Viasna center counted 586 people who were taken into custody not only in Minsk, but also in Grodno, Zhlobin, Vitebsk, Brest, Gomel, Mogilev, Zhodino, Kobrin and other cities. Among the detainees were media workers. Their number reached approximately 40 people.

Zelensky announced his readiness to leave the presidency

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview with the BBC announced his readiness to leave his post if he could not end the war in Donbass. The recording is available on YouTube. Zelenskiy said he does not cling to ratings and power.

If I cannot end the war, then another person must come who is able to finish this tragic story. A tragic story between our countries, he said.

EU foreign ministers agree on sanctions against Lukashenka

The foreign ministers of the 27 EU countries have made a political decision to impose sanctions against President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. This was announced by a European diplomatic source on Monday, October 12. The interlocutor of journalists called the reason for imposing sanctions on Lukashenka’s inauguration after the elections, “which were not free and fair,” reports TASS.

Emomali Rahmon won the presidential elections in Tajikistan for the fifth time

The incumbent President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon won the presidential elections in Tajikistan for the fifth time with a score of 90.92%, said Bakhtiyor Khudoerzoda, chairman of the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums. Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko congratulated his colleague on winning the elections

Tikhanovskaya named the only demand for Putin

Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya continues to say that she would like to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with TUT.BY, she said that her only suggestion to the Russian leader is not to interfere and let the Belarusians do everything themselves.

EU extends sanctions against Russia for the use of chemical weapons for a year

The European Union extended sanctions for the use of chemical weapons against Russia for another year, according to a statement from the EU Council on October 11. The decision to extend the sanctions was taken without discussion. New deadline for the end of sanctions – October 16, 2021

Servicemen of Kyrgyzstan did not go to CSTO exercises in Belarus

Kyrgyz servicemen do not participate in the military exercises of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Belarus, the press service of the General Staff told Sputnik Kyrgyzstan. The press service did not give an official reason.

At a military parade in the DPRK showed a new ballistic missile

The display of weapons took place during the military parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea. This information came from the Central Telegraph Agency of Korea today. The event was not without the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un.

Release in exchange for waiver of protests

Three sources in the Belarusian leadership told Open Media that the purpose of Lukashenka’s visit to the KGB pre-trial detention center was to offer the opposition a deal. Opponents of the president are calling on supporters to stop street protests and strikes, and Lukashenka, in return, is releasing the opposition to freedom, where they will be included in the future commission to draft a new constitution. New elections will take place when it is ready – next year.