14 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/13/2020

By 2022, food will be produced in laboratories from air, water and electricity, Finnish scientists from Solar Food said. Finnish scientists to launch artificial protein production by 2022, ToDay News Ufa reports

The researchers use electricity to break up water vapor molecules to form hydrogen. Carbon dioxide becomes a source of carbon, and together the results of this reaction allow bacteria obtained from the soil to multiply, and as a result, a substance is obtained that is saturated with proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

According to preliminary data, one kilogram of artificial protein powder is so rich that it will be able to provide about 10 people with their daily intake of nutrients necessary for normal functioning of the body.

China to conclude largest free trade agreement

According to Bloomberg, China and 14 other Asian countries will sign the document at the ASEAN summit, which will be held November 12-15. It will also feature Japan, Australia and New Zealand. This agreement aims to reduce trade duties and systematize new rules for electronic commerce.

USA will temporarily abandon the introduction of restrictions on the work of TikTok

The US Department of Commerce will temporarily abandon the introduction of restrictions on the operation of the social network TikTok in the country. They were supposed to come into force on November 12, reminds The Wall Street Journal.

Roskomnadzor urged the media to post videos on Russian platforms

The department emphasized that cases of the administration of the YouTube video hosting service of blocking, markings and other restrictions with respect to materials of Russian media and journalists have become more frequent.

To preserve the possibility of reliable and quick access to content, we recommend that Russian media and information resources post video materials on the platforms of Russian Internet companies with developed distributed content delivery networks (CDN), Roskomnadzor emphasizes.

Moscow authorities allowed New Year corporate parties

Moscow organizations were allowed to hold New Year’s corporate events, but the number of guests should not be more than 50 people, and the celebration should end by 23:00, TASS reports. These requirements apply not only to restaurants, but also to company offices.

Thailand began issuing special tourist visas to Russians

Russians can now come to Thailand not only for treatment, but also for rest. Since the beginning of November, it is now possible to issue a special tourist visa for 60 days with the possibility of extension for another 30 days, ATOR reports. It is noted that obtaining such a visa is not easy, but possible.

Quarantine instead of vacation at sea

Holidays in Cuba for tourists from Russia turned into quarantine. All passengers of the flight with Russian tourists were immediately sent from the airport to the observatory after passing the test. This is because more than ten arrivals have tested positive for coronavirus infection.

Breathing quickly and deeply helps flush alcohol from the body

Researchers at the University Health Network in Toronto found that when you breathe deeply and quickly, alcohol is eliminated three times faster. The study was published in Scientific Reports.

Ski resorts in Austria announced the disruption of the winter season

Today the hotels of the ski resorts and the cable cars are deserted. The reason for this is the second lockdown, which the Austrian authorities introduced at the end of October. The Local reports that this type of tourism is the main source of livelihood for the population of western Austria. It brings billions of dollars to the country’s budget.

Scientists have created a cheap basis for air purification systems for carbon monoxide

Russian chemists have created a cheap graphene-based catalyst that can remove traces of carbon monoxide in the air or accelerate industrial reactions associated with the use of this substance. An article with the results of the work was published by the scientific journal Scientific Reports, the press service of NUST MISIS writes about it briefly.

New software will make quantum computers more stable

The main problem in implementing an efficient quantum computer in practice is the large number of errors that arise when processing information by qubits. The programs created so far took a very long time to process errors and consumed a huge amount of computational resources.

Researchers at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) and Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation have taken a major step in solving the problem by developing software that will reduce the amount of hardware needed for quantum error correction.

Polynya the size of the Crimean peninsula found in the ice of Antarctica

Scientists talked about what is hidden behind the appearance of a colossal ice hole in the thickness of the Antarctic ice. The mysterious wormwood appeared in 1973, then disappeared and reappeared in 2017, writes Nature Middle East.

Roscosmos intends to produce perfume, clothing and alcohol “Let’s go!”

Roscosmos intends to produce perfumes, clothing and alcohol under the Let’s Go! Trademark. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the press service of Rospatent.

Application No. 2020700144 for registration of the phrase “Let’s go!” as a trademark filed by the state corporation Roscosmos in relation to a wide range of goods and services, – said the representative of Rospatent.

The application covers classes 03, 05, 06, 07, 09, 14, 20, 25, 28, 33, 35, 39, 41, 42 of the international classification of goods and services. These include perfumery and cosmetic products, medicines, electronic household appliances, precious metals, clothing, toys and alcoholic beverages.

NASA has received the first pictures of the planet on which people can potentially live

American astrophysicists obtained the first pictures of a planet that could be suitable for human habitation. As reported on the pages of the scientific publication ToDay News Ufa, the images were obtained by specialists from the NASA space agency. The planet is in the TRAPPIST-1 star system

Rare deep-sea squid found in Australian waters

In the course of the study, Australian biologists discovered squid, which belong to the genus Magnapinna. These creatures live mainly deep under water. During the study, it turned out that this species is widespread and does not need protection. It is worth noting that the animals are quite large in size, and the length of their tentacles can reach eight meters.

Protein found to protect against Lyme disease

Researchers at Yale University have discovered a protein that confers immunity against spirochetes. A protein called peptidoglycan recognition protein 1 (PGLYRP1) acts as an early signal for the immune system. Scientists have determined that the protein is effective in the initial stages. When they examined mice lacking PGLYRP1, they found that the bacterial load was much higher, and the mice’s immune systems were also weakened.

In the end, research has shown that protein levels in the body are stimulated to fight infection. In addition, an increased range of this specific protein may reduce a person’s susceptibility to Lyme.

Instagram has redesigned its home screen for the first time in years

Instagram has redesigned the app’s home screen for the first time in years. Two new tabs appeared on it – Shop with a catalog of goods and Reels with short video clips in the spirit of TikTok, writes The Verge. Changes reflect the company’s current priorities

MSI implements special mode in gaming monitors

MSI has announced that users of its 1440p QHD gaming monitors will be able to take advantage of a special mode when connected to the next generation Sony PlayStation 5, which will go on sale November 19.

The Russian navigator on the Android Auto platform has started working

2GIS has launched a car navigator of its own design running on the Android Auto platform. It became the first Russian system operating on this OS. The novelty is still in test mode. It performs all the main functions of a navigator: it searches for addresses, provides quick access to the directory, supports the function of voice input, and also displays the constructed route on the multimedia touchscreen.

Samsung presented a prototype of a holographic device

Physicists at Samsung have developed a slim and compact holographic display with frame rates up to 30 frames per second. The researchers improved not only the optical design for creating holographic video, but also were able to speed up the processing of data for imaging. Work published in Nature Communications.

Samsung officially unveils flagship Exynos 1080 chipset

The first phones with Exynos 1080 are expected to arrive in early 2021. During an event in China, a company spokesman said that in fact it will be vivo that will first adopt the platform, as it did with the Exynos 980 last year.

In Russia, Apple has raised prices for MacBook Pro laptops

Judging by the information on the website, after the presentation of new products, Apple increased by almost 20 percent the ruble prices for 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops. The MacBook Pro 16 will continue to be powered by an Intel processor.

Alphabet to provide high-speed internet to Kenyan residents

The Project Taara project to spread high-speed Internet in Kenya using wireless communications was launched by Alphabet (owner of Google), Engadget reported on November 10. According to the report, the essence of the project is in the use of space communication technologies. Alphabet plans to launch multiple probes to an altitude of 20 km, where there is no natural or technical interference in the form of rain or aircraft. These probes will be able to transmit a signal through light to base stations with photosensors.

Facebook launches image copyright protection

Facebook developers have launched a new tool that will protect copyrighted images. The tool extends to both Facebook and Instagram. The company announced this in its official blog.

The Rights Manager tool in Creator Studio will allow users to monitor the use of their images on social networks. To gain access, they must submit an application and provide copies of the images as well as a CSV file with metadata. Also, the copyright holder must indicate the countries in which his patent is valid. The service will find matching images and report this to the copyright holder. And he, in turn, will be able to block content.

The Fast and the Furious director announced the end of the filming of the ninth part of the franchise

Director Justin Lin in his Instagram announced the completion of the ninth part of “Fast and the Furious”. So far, the premiere is scheduled for May 28 next year.

Fast and Furious 9 is ready! Many thanks to the best team for the flawless performance in such difficult times, – wrote Lin.

Millie Bobby Brown will star in a fantasy film

There have been reports in the media that the streaming service Netflix will continue to collaborate with 16-year-old British actress Millie Bobby Brown. It also became known that she will star in a fantasy film called “Maid”

Honda will start selling cars with level 3 automation

It is emphasized that thanks to the 3rd level autopilot, it is possible to drive a car on a highway without human intervention. However, in this case, the driver should be careful, because at any time there may be a need for manual control.

Trump has banned investing in companies associated with the military of the PRC

The document will enter into force next year. The White House press service published a decree signed by the incumbent President of the United States, Donald Trump, according to which it is prohibited to invest in Chinese companies that have ties to the military-industrial complex of the PRC.

Americans abandon Facebook and Twitter

US Facebook and Twitter users are moving en masse to other social networks after the presidential election. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal. According to the source, the reason for the “mass migration” of users was dissatisfaction with the information policy of social networks.

Turkish Foreign Minister demanded that France refuse to support Armenia

France, which is the co-chairing state of the OSCE Minsk Group, should learn a good lesson from the recent events in Karabakh and stop supporting Armenia. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated this at a press conference in Baku.

Ukraine joined NASA’s lunar program

The State Space Agency of Ukraine signed an agreement within the framework of the NASA Artemis program on the principles of cooperation in the civil exploration and use of the Moon, Mars, comets and asteroids for peaceful purposes and joined the space agencies of other countries participating in the program, the space agency said.

In Belarus, riot police seized the entire circulation of the opposition newspaper

On her Facebook, journalist of the Narodnaya Volya publication Marina Koktysh wrote that at first unknown people came to the editorial office without documents. At the same time, the driver who brought the newspaper was detained, as were the two volunteers. Later, Koktysh noted that the riot police took the entire circulation.

No papers at all, no grounds, they just came and took everything that was, she stressed.

Actions in memory of Roman Bondarenko, who was killed by security forces, were held in Belarus.

Two days ago in Minsk, a young man who went out into the courtyard on the “Square of Changes” during the conflict over BCHB-ribbons was beaten by mistake and taken with them by the security forces. Later he was taken to the hospital with traumatic brain injury, cerebral edema, bruises and abrasions. He died yesterday.

The Minsk police said that Bondarenko was injured during a domestic conflict, because “some residents hang non-state symbols, others want to remove them” and because of this conflicts arise, with the “dire consequences” of which the police have to deal with.

Before going down to the courtyard, Bondarenko wrote to the chat of his house: “I’m going out.” Now this phrase has become the slogan of the opposition, with which they go to the action

In Minsk, flowers are brought to the “square of changes”, where a local resident Bondarenko was detained, then hospitalized and died. In different districts of Minsk, “chains of solidarity” are being built in memory of Bondarenko. The opposition believes that his death was a consequence of the government’s policy.

The European Union will prepare new sanctions against Belarus due to the death of a detainee

The European Union may prepare new sanctions against Belarus over the death of protester Roman Bondarenko. This was reported on the official website of the EU. The text of the statement expresses condolences to the relatives of the deceased and solidarity with everyone who suffered from the actions of the Belarusian security forces

On November 2, it became known that 31-year-old Roman Bondarenko died after undergoing surgery and being in a coma. According to local residents, the man was beaten the night before by unidentified men in civilian clothes who were removing the red and white ribbons that adorned the area. Bondarenko came out to talk to them, but he was pushed away and he hit his head, after which he was professionally detained and taken away.

Ukraine will not fulfill the requirements of Donbass

The head of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks in Minsk, ex-president Leonid Kravchuk, said that Ukraine does not plan to accept any of the Donbass proposals to resolve the conflict. Since the local residents, who abandoned the power of Kiev, no longer exist for him and are fighters. He stated this on the air of the 1 + 1 TV channel.

The minimum retail prices for vodka, cognac and champagne are increasing

The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation approved an increase in the minimum retail prices for vodka, cognac and sparkling wines from January 1, 2021. The corresponding orders of the RF Ministry of Finance are published on the official portal of legal information

Rosneft suffered a loss in nine months

Rosneft’s net loss according to IFRS in the third quarter amounted to 64 billion, and since the beginning of the year – 177 billion rubles. In the third quarter, EBITDA doubled compared to the second and reached 366 billion rubles. For nine months, the indicator decreased by 47.7%, to 845 billion rubles.

Igor Sechin, Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of the company, believes that Rosneft has demonstrated its ability to operate successfully in the challenging environment of oil production restrictions and relatively low hydrocarbon prices.

The State Duma Committee approved the project to postpone the compensation of Soviet deposits

The State Duma Financial Market Committee recommended the lower house of parliament to adopt in the second reading a bill to suspend for another year – until January 1, 2024 – the start of the law “On the basic cost of the necessary social set”, designed to fully compensate for the pre-reform deposits of citizens in Sberbank

In Kazakhstan, the Central Bank imposed a ban on the purchase of dollars

The Central Bank of Kazakhstan has temporarily banned buying dollars in the local foreign exchange market in order to maintain the rate of the national currency – tenge, writes Bloomberg. As the agency explained, such actions, in principle, contradict the floating exchange rate policy officially adopted by the regulator.

Putin signed a decree establishing the Assembly of the Peoples of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to create an all-Russian public and state organization “Assembly of the Peoples of Russia”. The corresponding decree was published on the official Internet portal of legal information of the Russian Federation. It is noted that the founder of the Assembly of the Peoples of Russia on behalf of the Russian Federation is the Federal Agency for Nationalities.

In order to improve the state national policy, help strengthen the all-Russian civic identity and interethnic harmony, I decide to consider it expedient to create, with the participation of public associations, an all-Russian public-state organization “Assembly of the Peoples of Russia,” the document says.

The security forces detained the mayor of Tomsk Ivan Klein

According to the investigation, he committed fraud with plots for the construction of residential buildings in the interests of a company affiliated with him.

According to preliminary data, the suspect in 2016, acting in the interests of OJSC Tomskoe Pivo, of which he is the main shareholder, gave an illegal order to the head of the Department of Urban Planning and Architecture of the Administration of Tomsk to enter in the GeoCad geoinformation system inaccurate information about the presence of a 300 meter sanitary – the protection zone in relation to the land plot of OJSC “Tomskoe pivo” and prepare, on this basis, a resolution on refusal to satisfy the entrepreneur’s application to change the territorial zone.

As a result, in January 2017, Klein signed a decree on amendments to the general plan of Tomsk, and the businessman’s application was rejected, he could not carry out construction. Now searches are taking place at Klein’s house, in the Tomsk administration and in the Tomskoe Pivo company (the general director of the company is Ivan Klein’s wife).

Roskomnadzor launched its own Telegram channel.

After almost two years of blocking, the department announced: “If it is more convenient for you to read Roskomnadzor news on Telegram, then you should have such an opportunity.”

Karabakh residents burn their houses in Kelbajar

In the Kelbajar region, the evacuation of local residents and military equipment to the territory of Armenia is in full swing. Pockets of fire are visible along the road. As one of the local residents told @SputnikArmenia, people burn their homes and farms so as not to hand them over to Azerbaijanis.

Aeroflot representative in Great Britain detained for high treason

Dmitry Fedotkin, arrested for treason, turned out to be the representative of Aeroflot in Great Britain and is suspected of working for intelligence in this country, he does not admit his guilt.

“Fedotkin is suspected of having betrayed secret information about the socio-political situation in the Russian Federation to the British intelligence service. At the same time, he did not have access to state secrets due to the nature of his activities. He does not admit guilt. No charges have been brought against the Aeroflot employee yet, “a TASS source said.

Donald Trump bans Americans from buying securities of Chinese companies

This refers to the firms in the management of which the military of the PRC directly and indirectly participates. The ban goes into effect on January 11.

According to the head of the White House, the financing of these companies threatens the security of the United States, as the Chinese military uses the funds raised to develop weapons of mass destruction and cyber attacks against Washington.

China congratulates Biden on winning US presidential election

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China respects the “choice of the American people” and congratulates Joseph Biden and US vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

“We understand that the results of the US presidential election will be determined in accordance with the law and other procedures of the United States,” the diplomat said.

Canadian scientists create a sobering mask

Canadian scientists have created a mask that is sobering by sucking alcohol from the body. The device accelerates alcohol elimination by three times due to hyperventilation. It will be used in a medical emergency.