4 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/03/2020

In Russia, they are developing a technical vision system “Mask”, which will detect violations in state institutions related to the lack of a mask or other personal protective equipment. This was told to RT in the press service of the National Technology Initiative (NTI).

It is assumed that the system will help control the use of protective equipment by doctors and patients of medical institutions, visitors to state institutions, as well as promptly notify responsible employees about violations.

In Khakassia, there were problems with heat supply

An additional batch of coal in the amount of 120 tons was sent to Sorsk in Khakassia, where, due to a shortage of fuel at the local boiler house, heat supply parameters were reduced and city residents began to complain about the cold in their apartments. This was announced on Monday by the press service of the Ministry of Construction of the Republic.

Lukashenko called the church the ideological basis of the state

Alexander Lukoshenko believes that the reasoning that the church is separated from the state is wrong. He stressed that he has always been an adherent of the opinion that this is the main spiritual bond of Belarus. Lukashenko believes that the connection with the church is especially important at the present time, when “the world has gone mad and lost spirituality.”

I tirelessly repeat that the church, especially the Orthodox one, is one of the main pillars of the state, ”Lukashenka said.

He stressed the ideological significance of this connection. According to him, the church has always performed this function in the state.

Thailand shortens quarantine period for foreigners

The quarantine period for foreigners arriving in Thailand is reduced. If earlier it was 14 days, today it is ten. This was reported by the Thai media, citing a representative of the country’s Ministry of Health.

Special rules for receiving tourists have been established in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands became the first region of Spain to introduce a number of rules for the entry of tourists, according to the Russian Tourist Association. According to the adopted law, all travelers, both local and foreign, must present a negative coronavirus test upon check-in at the hotel. The document must be no more than 72 hours old. If the tourist does not have the result of the analysis, he will have to pass the analysis in a clinic or laboratory at his own expense.

The German government wanted to remove the word race from the country’s constitution

This was announced by the Minister of Justice of Germany, Christine Lambrecht, quoted by the Augsburger Allgemeine. Cabinet members agreed that “humanity has no different races.” For the sake of combating racism, this term will be removed from the German Basic Law and replaced by another.

“The Basic Law states that no one can be discriminated against on the basis of race (…). However, wherever there is talk of different races, prejudice and racist propaganda are especially popular, ”Lambrecht said.

She recalled that the concept of race was included in the Basic Law of 1949. Then the drafters of the constitution wanted to distance themselves from the racial ideology of the Nazis, but now the use of the term could “lead to misunderstandings.” It is noted that the initiative was taken by the Soyuz-90 / Greens party this spring. The proposal sparked debate in the government.

The Netherlands will consider the law on the sterilization of disadvantaged citizens

A draft law on the targeted sterilization of disadvantaged members of society who are unable to properly care for potential children has been submitted to the Dutch parliament, the NL Times reported on October 27.

Turkish Air Force uses Pakistani pilots to fly F-16

The Air Force was still in dire need of qualified pilots. By January 2017, the country lacked 1,154 military pilots. Against this background, Turkey turned to its longtime ally Pakistan with a request to train new pilots on an accelerated program, as well as send instructors to fly the F-16.

The brain was able to connect to the computer through the veins

Australian scientists have successfully tested a neurocomputer interface that does not require electrode implantation into the cerebral cortex. To do this, they inserted a nitinol thread with electrodes into the venous collector in the area of ​​the motor cortex of the brain of two patients with amyotrophysical lateral sclerosis

After three months of training, patients learned to control the cursor without contact, enter text on a computer, shop online, and even coped with sending emails. Scientists told about this in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery.

When did social behavior arise in mammals?

Scientists have described a new genus of multi-horned mammals – small animals resembling ground squirrels in appearance. The new genus was named Filikomys primaevus, which can be translated as “young, friendly mouse”. These rodents lived 75.5 million years ago. As noted in an article for the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, it was previously believed that sociality in mammals developed only after the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction that occurred 66 million years ago.

Platypuses can glow in the dark

Scientists conducted a study in which a stuffed platypus was illuminated with ultraviolet rays. It turned out that these mammals can re-emit ultraviolet light at a length of 600 nm. Thus, a blue-green glow appears.

Scientists say aging is treatable

Gerontologists have succeeded in developing two methods of “treating” aging and related diseases. The first included the removal of “aged” cells of the body. With increasing age, they stop dividing on their own, as a result of which the body ages.

The second option is to “rejuvenate” obsolete cells with drugs, forcing them to divide again. The experiment on rodents has demonstrated certain positive prerequisites in this matter.

However, such rejuvenation is fraught with complications – along with the renewed cells, cancer cells begin to divide, which can lead to oncology. At the same time, scientists do not despair and consider the work done as valuable. After all, she showed that aging, although inevitable, is still plastic.

Scientists have found a molecule that triggers the utilization of sugar in diabetes

Scientists of the Faculty of Physical Education of Tomsk State University, together with foreign colleagues, have identified the peculiarities of the glucose processing mechanism in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2), the press service of the university reports.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is associated with ineffective use of insulin by the body, – explains one of the authors of the article, head of the Department of Sports and Health Tourism, Sports Physiology and Medicine, FFK TSU, Leonid Kapilevich. – T2DM is more common than type 1 diabetes, which is characterized by insulin deficiency. Both types of this disease lead to severe complications such as blindness, renal failure, and leg amputation. T2DM is now being corrected with a strict continuous diet. We are looking for a way to “get” insulin to work and utilize the sugar that goes into the muscles. We recently managed to identify a signaling molecule that triggers this mechanism.

Extinction of cockroaches will cause mass extinction of other creatures

Scientists believe that the extinction of cockroaches could cause the mass extinction of other creatures on Earth. Many representatives of the fauna will be under threat, we are also talking about plants that will have to adapt to life without these arthropods. With the disappearance of cockroaches, humanity may be threatened with death due to a decrease in the volume of potatoes and other crops that form the basis of the diet, scientists say.
The asteroid flew past

Many expected trouble from the asteroid 2018 VP1; some astronomers assumed that it would crash into the Earth. However, on November 2, 2020, at 14:33 Moscow time, the space object flew by safely at a speed of 9.2 kilometers per second, at a distance of more than 400,000 kilometers from the Earth’s surface. That is, further than from the moon.

The Rolling Stones Release Video of First Performance of “Sympathy for the Devil”

The Rolling Stones premiered the video of the first performance of the song “Sympathy for the Devil”. It was recorded in 1968 on the set of the movie Rock and Roll Circus.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Ian Stewart, Brian Jones and even John Lennon took part in the concert recording – he dances among the audience in the 4th minute of the video. The video was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

There are many habitable planets in the Galaxy

Scientists have analyzed data from the Kepler space telescope and have come to the conclusion that there may be up to 300 million planets suitable for life in our Galaxy. Some of them are even quite close to the solar system. Phys.org writes briefly about the research

PayPal Raises Cryptocurrency Purchase Limit

PayPal plans to expand in 2021. This was announced by the general director of the project, Daniel Shulman. According to him, only 10% of American customers have received access to the new cryptocurrency service to date. However, in the next two to three weeks, this opportunity will be available to all US residents who use PayPal services. The system also increased weekly cryptocurrency purchase limits from $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.

Apple to hold its third fall presentation

Apple Corporation has announced its next presentation, which is scheduled for November 10. This information is publicly available on the official Apple website. According to the American television channel CNBC, the presentation will be held online and can be watched on the corporation’s website. Also, according to some reports, it is reported that during the event Apple will present new items – Mac computers with their own processors from Apple

LG begins to release fundamentally new devices

This year, LG engineers have proposed two innovative projects at once. We are talking about a TV and a smartphone, the screen of which will be made using the new technology and will be rollable. Note that a phone with a large diagonal will fold to the size of a whistle, which increases the ease of wearing and mobility of the device, which will not take up much space either in the pockets of your trousers or in your handbag.

WhatsApp will receive the function of sending disappearing messages

On the WhatsApp website, information has appeared regarding one of the most anticipated features – disappearing messages, which will be automatically deleted seven days after being sent. It is noted that old messages that were sent before the new option was installed will remain unchanged. The innovation will come with one of the following WhatsApp updates for all platforms.

Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG form a joint venture

The Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG have signed a joint venture agreement to develop, manufacture and commercialize fuel cell systems for use in heavy trucks.

The Volvo Group will acquire 50 percent of the partnership interests in Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG for about 0.6 billion euros on a non-cash and non-collateral basis. Completion of the transaction is expected in the first half of 2021.

Facebook Censors Bitcoin Related Content Again

When entering a hashtag, users around the world are confronted with a censorship screen where Facebook ensures messages are “temporarily hidden” to keep the community safe in line with its policy. Twitter, unlike Facebook, sticks to bitcoin supporters.

Grammy Changes World Music Album Nomination

The annual Grammy Music Awards changed the title of the World Music Album nomination (Best Ethnic Album or Best World Music Album) due to colonial connotations. Now the statuette will be awarded in the category Best Global Music Album

Trailer “Land of nomads”

On the official channel of the company “20th Century Studios Russia” on the video hosting YouTube a trailer for the film about the journey “The Land of Nomads” has appeared. This is the story of Fern, who lost her job in a factory and was forced to start wandering around America in search of seasonal work. The tape will be released on our screens on February 4 next year.

Christopher Walken to star in Apple’s fantasy thriller series

Christopher Walken joins the cast of the thriller series Severance. This was announced on November 3 by the Screen Rant portal. On set, he will accompany Patricia Arquette, Adam Scott and John Turturro. The project is being implemented by the Apple TV Plus streaming service. Renowned comedian Ben Stiller will be the producer and director of the project. Arquette and Scott will also take over as producers.

A play about the shaman Gabyshev was staged in Moscow

Yakut shaman Alexander Gabyshev “Shaman’s Tale” – “an important symbol of human destiny.” The project started at the Moscow Theater with the support of the Russian Ministry of Culture. This can be seen on the theater website. The puppet story of the Yakut shaman Alexander Gabyshev is a real story


In Belarus, a case was initiated against more than 230 participants of the November 1 protests. Participants in the traditional March dedicated to the memory of victims of Stalin’s repressions face up to three years in prison.


Net profit of Saudi Aramco in the third quarter of 2020 the

Net profit of the world’s largest oil company by production and reserves Saudi Aramco in the third quarter of 2020 was $11.789 billion compared to $21.29 billion a year earlier, the company said. Thus, the decrease was 1.8 times. For the first nine months profit fell by half to us $35 billion

Two new special economic zones of Russia

The Russian government has decided to create two new special economic zones (SEZs) in the Moscow region and Vladimir region for 12 billion rubles. A SEZ is a territory where a preferential regime for business operates and the procedure of a free customs zone can be applied. In total, there were 33 such zones in Russia.

Oil export via the Transneft system

Oil exports via the Transneft system in October decreased by 20% year – on-year, to 17.4 million tons. This was reported to journalists by the adviser to the President of monopoly, press Secretary Igor Demin. Oil supplies to Russian refineries via pipelines last month fell by 11% year – on-year, to 18.2 million tons.

Belorusneft to receive Russian state support

The Belarusian oil company was included in the strategic list of organizations that can apply for Russian state support. This was reported in the press service of Belorusneft on November 2. It became known what this decision of the Russian authorities is connected with.

FSB employees will be granted the right to a second citizenship

Employees of the Federal security service (FSB) and the foreign intelligence Service (SVR) can have a second citizenship when solving tasks of operational service and intelligence activities. This follows from the draft amendments to the law on foreign intelligence and the FSB, according to the Vedomosti newspaper

North Korea is building two submarines capable of carrying ballistic missiles

This is reported by the Yonhap news Agency, citing South Korean intelligence. According to South Korean intelligence, one of the submarines is being built according to an upgraded version of the Romeo-class submarine (the Soviet project 633 medium diesel submarine, the project of which was transferred to the DPRK by China), as well as an unspecified project related to medium or large submarines.

France does not recognize the Russian status of the Crimean Peninsula

It became known about telephone conversations between the foreign Ministers of France and Ukraine, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Dmitry Kuleba. During the conversation, Paris confirmed the unchanged and unequivocal position that France “does not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea”

in Primorye, the former head of the Ministry of internal Affairs was convicted for collecting tribute from employees.

Ilya Shamratov, who was arrested in 2017, was sentenced to a fine of 250 thousand rubles and quietly released, only banning him from holding positions in state agencies for 3 years. Shamratov collected 12 million in money from his subordinates.

Russia will create a center for providing medicines to citizens

Russian Prime Minister Mishustin signed an order on the creation of a Federal center for providing medicines to citizens. The centre will undertake the procurement of medicines under the Federal programs. In particular, drugs for the treatment of patients with orphan and cancer diseases, HIV and tuberculosis, as well as vaccines included in the national vaccination calendar.

The organization will also monitor the purchase of medicines and forecast the need for medicines in the regions. This will help prevent possible interruptions in the supply of drugs and form the necessary reserve in advance.

Turkmenistan handed over a shipment of humanitarian aid to Russia

Turkmenistan handed over a shipment of humanitarian aid totaling almost $1 million to Russia amid the pandemic, Russian Deputy foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko said at a meeting of the Federation Council’s international Affairs Committee. According to him, a large cargo of food, oil products and other things was sent to Astrakhan

North Korea takes extreme measures to fight coronavirus

South Korean intelligence claims that its neighbors have mined the border with China. According to representatives of the National Intelligence Service, the spread of COVID in the DPRK will lead to “catastrophic consequences”, since the medical sector is poorly developed in the republic.

UAE and Saudi Arabia withdrew from negotiations on the purchase of Russian S-400

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) withdrew from negotiations on the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems. This conclusion was made by the observers of the Avia.pro edition based on the message of the EurasianTimes agency:

… many countries in the Middle East are now interested in buying Israeli air defense systems “Iron Dome”. In particular, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which has been subjected to numerous drone attacks on their critical facilities for its actions in Yemen. Israel’s missile defense systems are considered the best systems in the world. For example, the Barak-8 missile, developed jointly with India, is designed to protect against all types of air threats, including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles and UAVs, as well as ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and combat aircraft.

Ozon announced the demand of Sberbank to pay a fine

Sberbank demanded a billion rubles from online retailer Ozon for terminating the agreement between the companies in September 2020. What kind of agreement with Sberbank in question is not reported. Ozon said they do not believe the company is obliged to pay any fine

In Sri Lanka, 120 whales washed ashore.

The Navy, with the help of volunteers, brought the whales back into their habitat

Real estate prices since the beginning of the year – primary market

On average in Russia, real estate prices in the primary market grew by 8% in Q3 2020 compared to the beginning of the year, thanks to the preferential mortgage.

The growth leaders: North Ossetia (+ 31%), Buryatia (+ 24%) and Khabarovsk Krai (+ 23%). Growth in the range from 15 to 20 percent was recorded in the Amur Region, Irkutsk, Tula, Ryazan and Adygea. In St. Petersburg and the Moscow Region, the growth in prices was practically at the average Russian level (+ 8.8% and + 8.6%, respectively), and in Moscow even lower: + 4%.

Prices for primary services fell only in two regions: Jewish Autonomous Region (-5%) and Ingushetia (-0.5%).

Real estate prices since the beginning of the year – secondary market

On average in Russia, the growth in prices in the secondary real estate market was lower than in the primary: + 4.9% since the beginning of the year.

The first place, as with the primary organization, is occupied by North Ossetia (+ 24%). The Amur Region also remained among the leaders (+ 15%). Also in the top five were the Tambov Region (+ 13.8%), Transbaikalia (+ 13%) and Moscow (+ 12.2%)

Secondary housing prices fell in as many as five regions! -7% in the NAO, -4.5% in the Oryol region, -3.4% in the Kaluga region, -1.1% in the Karachay-Cherkessia and symbolic -0.3% in the Yaroslavl region.

The union announced the massive layoff of Aeroflot pilots

Igor Delduzhov, president of the Sheremetyevo trade union of flight personnel, said that massive layoffs of pilots are brewing at Aeroflot, whose wages have been cut. He spoke about this in an interview with REN TV. According to him, the company reduced wages due to the fact that the air travel market will not recover in the near future, and the company has too many planes for the current conditions.

Gazprom resumed construction of the Power of Siberia

The Russian company Gazprom has begun the second stage of construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the corporate newspaper Gazprom Invest. Work started at the section from Kovykta to Chayandinskoye field