25 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/24/2020

In Crimea, they want to turn off hot water for a month to save money. The head of the republic, Sergei Aksyonov, said that the residents of Yevpatoria would have to make such sacrifices.

“We apologize to the residents of Evpatoria for the forced measures, nevertheless, there are no other solutions in terms of flushing the system and getting rid of the turbidity in Simferopol. There are no other sources of water. Without hot water, we ask the residents of Yevpatoriya to be patient for 30 days. “

The problem with water in Crimea began in August, when the Ayanskoye, Partizanskoye and Simferopol reservoirs became shallow. Due to the lack of water in Simferopol and other cities, a strict schedule of water supply was established, a high alert regime was introduced in Sevastopol, and in Alushta and several other cities of the South Coast of the Crimea they began to turn off water at night.

Forecasters suggest that low water may persist in 2021.

The Russian government has reduced quotas for foreign pilots

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree according to which all Russian airlines will be able to employ in aggregate no more than 100 foreign pilots per year, which is half the previous standards (up to 200 pilots at all).

The largest Russian airlines reported that the quota reduction will not affect their activities in any way. By the end of 2020, air travel in Russia will decrease by 45%, to about 70 million passengers, said Ilya Belavintsev, Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy in Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transport on November 10.

The State Duma of Russia wants to toughen the punishment for participating in rallies.

The bill, which was submitted to parliament today, proposes a fine of 30,000 rubles for “unlawful use of media workers’ designations.” A fine should be issued if the press card is used by a person who “does not have the right to do so.”

In addition, it is proposed to increase the maximum fines for disobedience to police officers and the National Guard from 5 to 20 thousand rubles. The persons who finance the rally, but “have no right to do so,” also intend to fine. Punishment can be up to 100 thousand rubles

Russian software to be preinstalled on devices in Russia

Mikhail Mishustin signed a government decree obliging electronics manufacturers to install Russian software on new smartphones, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and smart TVs from January 1, 2021.

1.browsers
2.search engines
3.maps and navigation services
4.Cloud storage
5.mail services
6. messengers
7.Voice Assistant
8.news aggregators
9.online broadcasting services
10.social networks
11.audiovisual services
12. programs for using the map “World”
13.programs for authentication in public services
14.office software
15.antiviruses
16.programs for access to socially significant sites

The court refused to consider Navalny’s claim against Peskov

“Left without movement,” says the case card on the website of the Presnensky District Court of Moscow. The court’s press service refused to tell Interfax why the judge made such a decision.

On November 16, Navalny filed a lawsuit against Peskov to protect his honor, dignity and business reputation. The opposition politician demanded that the court declare Peskov’s words that “CIA specialists” are working with Navalny as untrue.

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin demanded compensation for articles about him

The head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin demanded 300 thousand rubles from three media outlets for articles stating that he was “the undertaker of the Russian space.” This was reported to “MBH Media” in the press service of the Ostankino District Court, where the claim was filed.

The amount of damage that Russian enterprises caused to nature in 2020

The amount of damage that Russian enterprises inflicted on nature in 2020 is 10 times higher than in 2019. RIA Novosti writes about this with reference to the representative of the service, Vladimir Chernyshev.

“In 2020, 632 calculations of the amount of harm in the amount of 234.7 billion rubles were made, including 296 calculations for the amount of 227 billion rubles in case of damage to water bodies; soils – 336 settlements in the amount of 7.7 billion rubles “, – said the official.

According to him, in 2019 the amount of harm to nature reached 20.3 billion rubles. Moreover, in 2018 the amount of damage was even less – 5 billion rubles.

Oxygen therapy has helped stop two key aging processes

The research results were published by Aging. Experts from Tel Aviv University and the Shamir Medical Center have found that high-pressure oxygen therapy in a pressure chamber can slow down two processes: shortening telomeres and retaining old cells in the body.

Scientists from the USA found a new organ in the human body

In the course of research carried out on the connective tissue of the gastrointestinal tract, scientists from the United States discovered a network of channels in the human body that were previously unknown to science. Very powerful microscopes helped to find them, as well as a contrast liquid, which was injected into the cells of the digestive tract.

The discovery of scientists should help in the treatment of cancer, because cancer cells are transported through these channels, which explains the development of malignant tumors, since metastases have access to various corners of the body.

Curiosity rover reveals signs of ancient flooding

Today Mars resembles a desert, but evidence continues to accumulate that it was once a watery world. Now, the Curiosity rover has detected signs of massive ancient flooding, most likely initiated by the impact of a climate-altering asteroid. The research is published in Scientific Reports.

A huge spot appeared on the Sun several times wider than the Earth

A new sunspot has appeared on the eastern side of the Sun – and it’s huge, spaceweather.com reports. Philippe Tosi of Nîmes from France photographed him on 23 November. The diameter of this spot is several times wider than the diameter of the Earth.

A system of 5 stars revolving around each other

Astrophysicists from Great Britain have found an exotic star system of 5 stars. It includes 2 binary stars or binary systems, and one of them has an additional “neighbor”. The discovery was made after studying the information obtained during the SuperWASP project and a series of observations of the unique system. The star system 1SWASP J093010.78 + 533859.5 is located relatively close to our planet – in the constellation Ursa Major, 250 light years away

Google extended support for Chrome on Windows 7 until 2022

The changes will affect only corporate clients of the company, according to statistics, 78% of which have already switched to the new operating system Windows 10. The remaining 10.21% are in the transition stage, and another 1% are only planning the transition.

Siemens and Deutsche Bahn begin developing hydrogen trains

Testing of new trains is scheduled to begin in 2024. New hydrogen trains are being created to replace obsolete diesel-powered trains in Germany. It is also planned to create filling stations of a new format to provide fuel for hydrogen compositions.

Apple’s new laptops are capable of running Windows

Apple’s new laptops are actually capable of running Windows on proprietary processors. This capability is up to Microsoft because not all models are guaranteed to activate its system. This information was shared by Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software development.

Snapchat launched short videos

Spotlight’s algorithm is similar to TikTok and Reels – users will be able to view videos created by other users, sorted by popularity and their personal preferences

Face-to-face features are now available in Microsoft Teams

New features are available in the Microsoft Teams desktop app and in the pretest web app to help you stay in touch with loved ones and make it easier to plan your personal time.

Paris Opera launches digital platform

Paris Opera Grand Opera launches its own digital platform. On it, viewers will be able to watch performances in an online format. In addition, in addition to the performances, the platform will offer various master classes and educational lectures.

Elizabeth II launches her own brand of gin

Elizabeth II launched the production of her own brand of gin, according to the Daily Mail. The drink is made on the basis of spices grown on the territory of Sandringham Palace. Its fortress is 42 degrees. The price of a 0.5 liter bottle will be $ 66. The description says that gin has a rich taste with pronounced tones of juniper and citrus aftertaste.

Iceland offers special visas for remote workers

The Icelandic authorities have developed a procedure for obtaining a long-term visa for foreigners who work remotely. Bloomberg writes about it. A foreigner who wants to take advantage of the offer of the authorities must confirm the fact of monthly earnings in the amount of one million ISK (slightly less than $ 7,400). After confirmation of income, the specialist will be able to live in the country for up to six months with his family.

The new procedure applies to anyone who does not need a tourist visa for small trips to the country. This applies, for example, to residents of the United States, Schengen countries, United Arab Emirates.

Hacker was able to hack Tesla Model X using Bluetooth in 90 seconds

It was the latest security experiment conducted by the COSIC group at the University of Leuven in Belgium, which had previously discovered a similar vulnerability in a Tesla Model S luxury sedan, which is also to blame for a key fob. The researchers said they managed to infiltrate the SUV, which starts at $ 80,000, using equipment worth several hundred dollars in 90 seconds.

USA launches grant program to strengthen democracy in Turkey

The US plans to strengthen democratic values ​​in Turkey through a special grant program. The conditions for the payment of grants are published on the website of the American Embassy in Ankara, which will be implementing the initiative.

US plans to restrict trade with a number of Chinese companies

The administration of US President Donald Trump intends to announce ties with the military of more than 80 companies from China, which will limit their ability to purchase American goods and technologies. Reported by Reuters

China urges US to stop pressure on Chinese companies

The diplomat stressed that companies from China conduct their business “strictly observing the laws and regulations of the host countries, including the United States.” The Foreign Ministry spokesman urged the United States to stop “oppressing foreign companies, spreading the concept of national security too far.”

The owner of Azimut hotels bought a chain of Russian Railways sanatoriums at the lowest price

The company “Eruv” by Alexander Klyachin became the winner of the auction for the sale of sanatoriums “RZD-Zdorovye”, a representative of Klyachin told RBC. At the auction, 100% minus one share of Russian Railways-Zdorovye JSC, which belonged to Russian Railways, were sold. The remaining one share is held by Russian Railways Asset Management. Earlier, Russian Railways said that the decision on the fate of this one share would be made after the sale of a controlling stake at an auction.