9 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/07-08/2020

Gazprom intends to invest 31.2 billion rubles in the Power of Siberia gas pipeline construction project this year, which is 2.5 times less than previously assumed (78.5 billion rubles). At the same time, investments in the construction of the Kovykta-Chayanda gas pipeline section will amount to 23.4 billion rubles. In February, Gazprom planned to spend 47.7 billion rubles for these purposes.

The gas holding also intends to invest RUB 10.4 billion this year. in the design, construction and operation of a gas pipeline in Serbia. Previously, the company did not disclose plans to invest in this project.

Lukashenka has declared Belarus a nuclear power

With the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP), Belarus becomes a nuclear power, said President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko, who visited the station. According to Lukashenko, the launch of the station will become an impetus for attracting advanced technologies to the republic and will allow actively developing other industries, including the production of electric vehicles.

Lukashenko calls on Lithuania and Poland to cooperate

The head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko called on the leaders of Lithuania and Poland to return to dialogue, BelTA informs. He suggested that Lithuania and Poland work together, stressing that the Belarusian authorities are ready to openly cooperate. Lukashenko also noted that the peoples of Belarus and Lithuania once “lived normally” in one state.

Germany refused to buy American F-35 fighters

According to ToDay News Ufa, Germany refused to purchase American F-35 fighters because of their too high price. Instead, it is planned to purchase 45 American EA-18G and F / A-18E / F fighters and 93 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

New EU sanctions on Belarus. Full list:

  • Alexander Lukashenko
  • Viktor Lukashenko (son and presidential aide)
  • Igor Sergeenko (head of the presidential administration)
  • Ivan Tertel (head of the KGB)
  • Roman Melnik (Head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Protection of Law and Order)
  • Ivan Noskevich (head of the Investigative Committee)
  • Alexey Volkov (former 1st Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee)
  • Sergei Azemsha (Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee)
  • Andrey Smal (Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee)
  • Andrey Pavlyuchenko (head of the analytical center)
  • Igor Buzovsky (Deputy Minister of Information)
  • Natalia Eismont (presidential press secretary)
  • Sergey Zubkov (commander of the Alpha squadron)
  • Andrey Ravkov (ex-secretary of the Security Council)
  • Petr Miklashevich (Head of the Constitutional Court)

Canada, in agreement with the EU, is introducing sanctions against the same 13 representatives of the Belarusian leadership (it has already introduced sanctions against Lukashenka and his son earlier)

Fraudsters have come up with a new way to steal money from the cards of Russians:

  • they edited and posted on social networks a fake video of the ministers’ speeches with instructions on how to get the supposedly due payments from the state
  • in the comments to the video there is a link to a phishing site that imitates the pages of government agencies, where they ask you to enter your personal data and bank card number – they will steal money from it
  • the link to the video comes in SMS, instant messengers or by mail, and it can be sent from numbers similar to the names of real state services
  • in order not to become a victim of fraudsters, you need to follow simple rules: do not follow dubious links, do not disclose bank card details, do not call back to unfamiliar numbers and carefully read messages from government agencies and from the website of government services

Order of Pirogov, for a great contribution

Vladimir Putin awarded the head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA) Skvortsova the Pirogov Order for her great contribution to the development of healthcare and organization of work to prevent and prevent the spread of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), as well as for many years of work.

Four activists of the Left Front detained near the Kremlin

The activists of the Left Front were detained and taken to the Kitay-Gorod police station. The reason for the arrest, according to the police, was that the activists had a banner “Capitalism is killing Russia!”, Which they were carrying in their hands at the time of the police attack.

Protest march Freedom to Sergei Furgal!

The citizens of Khabarovsk marched in a traditional Saturday event. The rally was combined with an agreed rally and the collection of signatures for changing the measure of restraint for Sergei Furgal. According to the count of local residents, about 3 thousand people took part in the protest action in Khabarovsk

The river turned red in the city of Kemerovo

The reason for the reddening of the Iskitimka River in the city of Kemerovo was a clogged storm sewer collector, Deputy Governor of Kuzbass Andrei Panov reported on social networks

It was established that the source of pollution of the Iskitimka River was its right tributary – the Sukhovsky stream. It received wastewater of a red hue, flowing from the terrain. Discharge to the relief came from a clogged city sewer. In addition, the city storm sewer became a possible source of contaminated water inflow, Panov writes.

Communists laid flowers at Lenin’s Mausoleum

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation and its supporters laid flowers at the Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square in honor of the 103rd anniversary of the Great October. On November 7, Russia celebrates a memorable date – the Day of the October Revolution of 1917.

A material has been developed that can change color upon impact

Scientists from Korea have developed a material that can change color upon impact. Experts in this field have long been trying to create material that responds to the mechanism when bruises and hematomas appear in our body. The main goal of the search is to create artificial leather or wearable sensors.

The optic nerve was restored with gene therapy

Scientists have found a new way to regenerate damaged optic nerve cells taken from mice and grown in a dish. New experiments show how activation of part of the regenerative mechanism of nerve cells, a protein known as protrudin, can stimulate the growth of nerves in the eye after injury

New ways to treat intoxication

In the liver of rats suffering from chronic alcoholism, substances were found that can reduce the negative effect of alcohol on the body. The discovery was made by scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Scientists from the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences have discovered a special mitochondrial system in the liver of rats with chronic alcoholism, which undergoes changes under the influence of ethanol. This made it possible to assume the possibility of a new treatment option for alcohol intoxication, the press service of the scientific institution reported.

A way has been developed to accurately determine the authenticity of wine

Scientists from Australia and the USA have developed a method that will allow wine to be authenticated with 100% accuracy. According to the authors, this will solve the problem with massive counterfeits in the wine market. The industry loses several billion dollars each year from wine counterfeiting.

The method of fluorescence spectroscopy is a technique for determining the spectra of fluorescent emission of molecules. It turned out to be more suitable for identifying wines than the expensive and laboratory-only ICPM method used in such cases.

Monkeys in the zoo preferred the noise of cars to the sounds of nature

During the experiment, scientists from the Finnish Aalto University installed a device capable of playing music at the Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki. Saki monkeys could independently control it.

The animals had four playlists to choose from: traffic noise, nature sounds, Zen music, and techno. The noise of passing vehicles has proven to be the overwhelmingly popular choice for monkeys, the researchers said. Under this noise, the animals slept or looked after themselves – which they did not do with any of the other sounds.

Why pine needles smell positively for depression

Russian scientists have found an explanation for why the smell of pine needles has a positive effect on health in depression and other mental disorders. The study was carried out by a team led by the head of the Institute of Translational Biomedicine and Scientific Director of the High Medical Technologies Clinic of St. Petersburg State University, Professor Raul Gainetdinov.

The scientist explained that the data obtained from the study of the TAAR1 receptor will form the basis of a new antipsychotic drug. At the same time, during the study, the TAAR5 protein was also studied. It turned out that TAAR5 penetrates into the so-called “emotional” brain, and when it is removed, the concentration of serotonin changes, which is considered the main indicator in changes in emotional behavior.

Rosneft has constructed a unit for the production of synthetic oil

Scientists from the RN-TsIR Research Center (part of Rosneft) have constructed a laboratory unit for converting methane into synthetic liquid hydrocarbons; the unit has successfully completed a run to produce synthetic oil. This is stated in the message of Rosneft.

WhatsApp launched a full-fledged money transfer system

The administration of Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger announced the launch of a full-fledged in-app money transfer system in India. The feature, which has been tested since 2018, was approved by local regulators this week.

Google Messages can now schedule messages to be sent by time

Recently, the Google Messages app has received many useful features. Now they have added the function of sending messages on a schedule. Unfortunately, it is not yet available to all users. The new feature is provided via server-side updates, so it cannot be added to the application on its own.

Trailer for the final episode of the series “Supernatural”

The trailer for the final episode of the longest-running mystical series, Supernatural, has been released on The CW’s YouTube channel. The video shows footage from both the series finale and the special edition. The series, with a duration of two hours, will focus on the personal relationships of the main characters.

Marilyn Manson will appear in the second season of the TV show “Kaleidoscope of Horror”

Singer Marilyn Manson will appear in the second season of Kaleidoscope of Horror. Reported by NME. The first season of the television series was released on Shudder in 2019. The second season will be presented to viewers in 2021.

The series “Kaleidoscope of Horror” is based on the comic strip by Stephen King Creepshow, in 1982 filmed by the author himself together with director George Romero. The plot of the show is based on scary stories that begin to happen in reality after they are told aloud.

Erdogan fired the head of the Central Bank amid a record fall in the lira exchange rate

The decision to resign was made against the backdrop of a fall in the national currency. At the beginning of the week, the lira rate renewed its record low, falling to 8.44 per $ 1. According to Bloomberg, the Turkish currency has been falling over the past ten days, and during the year the lira has lost 30% against the dollar.

New generation computer chip developed in Switzerland

Engineers from the Laboratory for Nanoscale Electronics and Structures of the Federal Polytechnic School in Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a computer chip that integrates data storage and processing functions.

The new generation chip will enable faster, more energy efficient and more compact devices. Development is based on 2D material that allows you to create a unified architecture.

Putin signed a law on a new procedure for forming the Government of the Russian Federation

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the federal constitutional law “On the Government of the Russian Federation”. In particular, the document provides for a new procedure for the formation of the Cabinet, taking into account the adopted amendments to the Constitution. The relevant law is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information. Now executive power is exercised by the Government and other federal bodies under the general leadership of the President of the Russian Federation.

Ethiopian Air Force strikes in Tigray state

As reported by IA Krasnaya Vesna, the air strikes were carried out on the targets of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front in response to the attack by the security forces of this movement on the military base of the federal troops in Mekel. Commenting on this move, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that the Air Force attacked the objects of the dangerous group. The civilian population, he said, should not suffer.

The Russian Il-76 has landed in Armenia.

On the eve of the Il-76 from the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, it landed at the airfield in the Armenian city of Erebuni. He arrived there from Mozdok (Republic of North Ossetia).

After takeoff, the aircraft with tail number 78847 headed for the Caspian Sea, and then through the territory of Iran entered the airspace of Armenia and landed on the territory of the Erebuni military airbase, ”writes avia.pro

According to sources, the aircraft was almost completely filled with some kind of cargo, but there is still no accurate information about what it delivered to Armenia.

Detentions at protests in Minsk

About 70 people were detained at protest actions in Minsk, most of whom are doctors. This was reported by the human rights center Viasna. It is noted that among the detainees is the Russian journalist Roman Popkov. He was taken to the police department for further investigation. On November 7, two protests took place in Minsk – a medical rally and a women’s march.