11 Dec, 2020

News digest for 12/10/2020

New calculations of the total mass of everything human created – from sneakers to skyscrapers – showed that it exceeded the total mass of the biosphere for the first time in 2020. From now on, the human world exceeds all trees, mushrooms and plankton, all living biomass combined. This conclusion was reached by a team of scientists from the Israeli Weizmann Institute, whose article was published in the journal Nature

US authorities demanded from Facebook to sell WhatsApp and Instagram

The US Federal Trade Commission, along with attorneys general from dozens of states, filed two separate antitrust lawsuits against Facebook. According to MSNBC, the appeals touched upon the company’s most important acquisitions – Instagram and WhatsApp.

US Department of Justice began to investigate foreign ties of Joe Biden’s son

The US Department of Justice is studying its relationship with China. The investigation is based on “suspicious foreign transactions”, money from the PRC and other countries. Biden Jr. has previously left the management of BHR, a company backed by the Chinese authorities

Berlin ballet accused of racism

The State Ballet of Berlin has promised to change its repertoire after the scandal over accusations by a black ballerina, who was forced to bleach her skin for a role in Swan Lake, writes the Austrian edition Kurier.

We recognize that the ballet genre has marginalized non-Caucasian people throughout its history. The ballet should be a mirror of society and reflect diversity, – says the statement of the State Ballet of Berlin, InoTV reports.

The statement also talks about the need to identify “outdated and discriminatory ways of performing dance” and reassess traditions

The Nogu Svelo group said goodbye to 2020

The Nogu Svelo group has published on YouTube a new video “It’s time to say goodbye, 2020”. The music video uses footage of events of the outgoing year

New hydrogen car sales begin in Japan

Toyota has officially announced the start of sales of the second generation Toyota Mirai hydrogen-electric sedan. The novelty is built on the Toyota GA-L platform, on which the Toyota Crown sedan is based.

US expands the list of sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act

Sanctions targeted Van Quoc-coy, nicknamed Broken Tooth, the former leader of the 14K Hong Kong triad, considered the largest triad in the world. He was sentenced on multiple counts in 1999 and released in 2012. In 2017 he took up the cryptocurrency business.

In addition, the former Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Service of Kyrgyzstan, Raiymbek Matraimov, was on the US sanctions list. Liberian politician Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman also fell under the sanctions.

China builds military camps along the border with India

China began to build military camps along the border with India. The construction has begun today, The Times of India reported, citing informed sources in the government.

Scientists have created ultracold molecular quantum gas

Physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado at Boulder have created a technology for activating the state of an ultracold molecular quantum gas that allows you to control intermolecular interactions over a significant distance.

Found a Natural Antioxidant to Reduce the Risk of Heart Failure

Researchers at the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences managed to identify the benefits of natural red-orange pigment in slowing down the degeneration and edema of heart fibers, thereby reducing the risk of developing heart failure. This pigment can be obtained from some types of berries, as well as from algae and salmon meat.

SpaceX has broken its record for most launches

The American company SpaceX in 2020 broke its own record in 2018 for the number of rocket launches, according to ArsTechnica. The publication recalls that the launch of the heavy launch vehicle Falcon 9 with the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 6 became the 23rd orbital for SpaceX in 2020, while in 2018 the company conducted only 21 rocket launches. ArsTechnica notes that the first stage, which started on December 6, was used for the fourth time. The publication admits that by the end of this year, SpaceX will conduct another three or four launches.

According to Roskosmos, in 2020 the state corporation conducted 14 rocket launches, 13 of which with the medium Soyuz-2 rocket and one with the heavy Proton-M.

Scientists have discovered the best place to live on Mars

Scientists – astronomers from the United States have proven that on a planet with eternal winds and fairly cold conditions, you can still find evidence of the existence on the entire surface of Mars of terrestrial water in a liquid aggregate state many millions of years ago.

HP unveils EliteBook 800 G8 laptops

HP has unveiled the EliteBook 800 G8 series laptops equipped with Tiger Lake processors. The models work thanks to the Core i5 and i7 chip, and the amount of RAM with DDR4-3200 boards can reach 64 GB, depending on the configuration.

Apple will present the new version of iOS 14.3 on December 14

Apple announced the release date not only for the Apple Fitness + service, but also for a major update for the iPhone and Apple Watch smartwatches It became known that the next major update for iPhone smartphones and Apple Watch smart watches will be released next Monday, December 14, 2020

A new trend has emerged in the global smartphone market

Samsung’s recent decision confirms this version. As it became known, the South Korean company probably will not include chargers and headphones in the Galaxy S21 series.

Apple and Cloudflare create a new internet protocol

It looks like this: the user sends a request through the new ODoH protocol, which gets to a special proxy server. The request is processed by the proxy so that the outgoing request to the DNS server is already on behalf of the proxy, and not from the user. As a result, the provider loses the ability to collect data about its users and the pages they visit, the authors of the new protocol say.

Netflix Shows Cobra Kai Season 3 Trailer

On the official YouTube channel Netflix released the trailer for the third season of the series “Cobra Kai”. The new season will premiere on Netflix on January 8. The series tells a story about the “Cobra Kai” karate school for boys.

Steven Soderbergh to produce the Academy Awards

American director Steven Soderbergh will produce the 93rd Academy Awards. This is reported by Deadline. Soderbergh will be responsible for broadcasting the event on ABC.

An unknown painting by artist Jacob Jordaens was accidentally found in Brussels

According to TC RTBF, the opening was made by the staff of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage during the inventory. Jordaens’ canvas hung in one of the offices of the administration building for almost 60 years. The authenticity of the painting has been confirmed by careful research and laboratory tests.

Putin was outraged by the rise in prices

What is happening in the world economy and in ours – there is no escape from this. But the rise in prices for basic foodstuffs cannot be explained by a pandemic. What does a pandemic have to do with it? Why did sugar prices rise 71.5%? And sunflower oil by 23.8%? Flour – by 12.9%, pasta – by 10.5%, bread – 6.3%. There is an explanation – this is the dynamics of prices in world markets and an attempt to adjust domestic prices to match world ones.

Mishustin criticized the ministries because of the rise in food prices

The ministries underestimated the risks of rising food prices and missed the situation, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a government meeting. According to the prime minister, a similar trend was visible back in the fall.

On December 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with the government and a meeting on economic issues. Most of the time he devoted to finding the reasons why food is becoming more expensive.

A new industrial and logistics park will be created in the Novosibirsk region

In the Novosibirsk region, between Berdsk and Iskitim, a new industrial and logistics park (PLP) “Yuzhny” will appear, with Nestle becoming its anchor resident. Governor Andrei Travnikov announced plans to create a new PLP in the region on Thursday at a meeting of the Investment Council.

Gazprom’s revenue from gas exports for 10 months

Gazprom’s revenues from gas exports in January-October 2020 decreased by 44.4% compared to the same period in 2019 – to $ 19.038 billion, according to the materials of the Federal Customs Service (FCS) of Russia.

Sales of fake sneakers in Russia

The volume of the Russian market for fake branded sneakers in 2020 amounted to 63 billion rubles, according to a study by analysts at BrandMonitor. The results of the study showed that, compared to 2019, the turnover of illegal sports shoes decreased by almost 18%.

The price of sugar in the shops of Kursk has doubled

The newspaper “Friend for another” of the city of Kursk reports that in the summer a kilogram of a product cost less than 30 rubles, but now prices have risen to 45 rubles, and in some retail chains a kilogram of sugar costs 60 rubles and more. Earlier, Rosstat highlighted the Kursk region, calling it the region with the highest rise in prices for a sweet product.

Alrosa increased diamond sales in November

Diamond mining company Alrosa in November 2020 sold rough diamonds for $ 374.1 million, polished diamonds for $ 16.4 million, the company said. Thus, compared to November last year, the company increased diamond sales by 32.6%, polished diamonds – almost three times.

The European Union will allocate additional funds to the Baltic States for the Rail Baltica project

The European Union is ready to allocate an additional 182 million euros for the Rail Baltica European gauge railway project, which is being implemented by the three Baltic countries. This was reported by the press service of the RB Rail joint venture coordinating the project, writes Press.lv

Russians switched to economy mode

More than half of the citizens of the Russian Federation (57%) believe that now is a bad time for large purchases, every fourth (25%) considers the present time a favorable period for such purchases, almost 70% said that now it is better to spend money at a minimum, according to the VTsIOM survey data , received on Thursday in “Interfax”.

Putin signed a law to reform the CHI system

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the reform of the compulsory health insurance (CHI) system in Russia. This was reported by RIA Novosti. The new law transfers part of the powers of insurance companies to the CHI Fund

Workers strike at Rosneft’s Krasnoyarsk field over non-payment of wages

According to preliminary data from the regional prosecutor’s office, the debt of contractors OOO Glavenergomontazh, OOO MK Group and OOO Gazkhimmontazh is already 7.5 million rubles. Funds were not paid to 115 shift workers.

Smolny explained the use of force during a night raid on the bars of St. Petersburg

The St. Petersburg authorities explained the use of force during a night raid at the Commode bar on Rubinstein Street. According to the head of the Situation Center for Compliance with Safety Standards, Alexander Sitov, law enforcement officers took such measures because of the illegal actions of the owners of the establishment.

No raids on churches in St. Petersburg are planned

The authorities of St. Petersburg do not plan to conduct raids on churches and cathedrals in the city, as the church is not among the worst violators of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus. This was announced on December 10 during an online briefing by the press secretary of Smolny Inna Karpushina and Deputy Head of the Committee for Industrial Policy, Innovation and Trade Alexander Sitov.

Danone closes its production in Vladimir

The Danone group of companies decided to sell the production operating at the site of a dairy plant in Vladimir. According to the company, the main factor that influenced this decision was the location of the plant: it is located in the city, residential and administrative buildings are adjacent to it, schools, a hospital and a park are located in the immediate vicinity. All this does not allow the creation of a sanitary protection zone necessary for the full organization of production and the construction of treatment facilities

The Kremlin confirmed that Putin discussed Navalny with Merkel

The subject of the Berlin patient was raised. And they explained why this was not mentioned in the press service’s message following the conversation: the Kremlin reports on those topics of conversation that the leaders are discussing most extensively and which are important.

Berlin’s response to Moscow on legal assistance in the Navalny case may take from several months to two years – German Ambassador in an interview with RIA Novosti

Munich security conference will not take place

The Munich Security Conference, scheduled for February 19-21, will not take place. The new date will be announced later. Conference leader Wolfgang Ischinger said the conference would take place no earlier than the end of April, depending on the situation with coronavirus infection.

Paris introduced a bill to counter radical Islam

The French government has announced measures to protect republican values ​​and limit the influence of religion, in particular, radical Islamism. For example, the document contains restrictions on the issuance of “virginity certificates” to protect the rights of women, and religious organizations will have to report on the origin of large donations. There are no direct references to Islam in the text of the law, which reduces the chances of a sharp reaction from the Muslim community in France, experts say.

Boeing 737 MAX made first flight after banning this model

Boeing 737 MAX made its first commercial flight after one and a half years of the ban on the operation of this model. Brazilian low-cost airline Gol operated a domestic flight from Sao Paulo to Porto Alegre. In addition to Brazil, the United States has now allowed the 737 MAX to resume flights

In Yakutia, a shaman blessed the Sukhoi Superjet 100.

A ceremony using fire, a bell and feathers was held at the Yakutsk airport. Yakutia Airlines, which rented the SS-100, attributed the ritual to the period of the “cultural renaissance” of local peoples.

“During the Renaissance of the cultures of the peoples of Yakutia, the ritual culture of the Algys acquired new forms and is truly becoming a brand of the sacred Land of Olonkho. The ritual of the algys, combining the worship of the spirit of fire, the spirit of the locality, communion with them, gives rise to a feeling of human unity with the surrounding world, nature. ”

Putin commented on the case of journalist Ivan Safronov

“The case against him was brought up not because he worked as a journalist, but because of the information he passed on while working at Roscosmos. High treason is a serious crime, it is a betrayal of your people. Traitors must be punished.

It’s another matter if we are talking about the use of information that is freely available, which is not secret, then this is complete nonsense, a tragicomedy. I will definitely look at this.

And what you pointed out in journalism about your grandmother: she was transferred across the street, and she turned out to be a foreign agent, and now the person must be tried. This doesn’t happen. And I have not seen spy grandmothers either. Our grandmothers are all patriotic. “

Later, the presidential press secretary explained that Putin made a slip when he said that Safronov had already been convicted. And the press service of Roscosmos clarifies that the case against Safronov has nothing to do with his work in the state corporation.

State Duma committees were unable to move to the renovated building.

The State Duma committees for international and CIS affairs were unable to move to the chambers of Boyar Troekurov, the restoration of which was completed in December 2019. As an interlocutor close to the leadership of the lower house of parliament told Open Media, and was confirmed by deputies Leonid Kalashnikov and Svetlana Zhurova, the move did not take place due to violations committed during the work.

The press service of the State Duma and the government agency that ordered the work (GKU “Mosrestavratsiya”) did not respond to inquiries. The tender documentation states that all works were performed without complaints from the customer. In total, 965.3 million rubles were spent from the capital budget for the restoration of the chambers.

Google and Amazon fined in France

Google received another record fine in the European Union, this time a fine of € 100 million ($ 121 million) from a French watchdog agency for how it manages cookies on its search engine.

CNIL, the French data protection authority, has also fined internet giant Amazon com Inc. with a 35 million euro fine for placing cookies, which are tracking devices on people’s computers, without their consent.

Companies were given a three-month ultimatum to change the information they provide to users, or face an additional daily fine of € 100,000.

Rosgvardia beauty was fired because of the video on Instagram

The winner of the “Beauty of the Russian Guard” contest Anna Khramtsova from Yekaterinburg was fired after she posted a video with office premises on Instagram. She linked her dismissal to personal hostility from colleagues

Ground exit from the country was banned from Belarus.

The restrictions will apply at road checkpoints, simplified checkpoints, checkpoints at railway stations (stations) and river ports across the state border of Belarus. These provisions come into force 10 days after their official publication.

Leaving Belarus will still be able to:

  • foreigners without a residence permit
  • diplomats and members of official delegations
  • international drivers and train crews
  • on business trips
  • those leaving for study, treatment or funeral

Bill on Countering Internet Censorship on Foreign Platforms

  • if the platform blocks Russian media, the Prosecutor General, in consultation with the Foreign Ministry, will be able to assign the status of “discriminating against Russian media”
  • punishment for censorship – blocking, traffic slowdown and fines from several thousand to 3 million rubles, the court will be able to choose one or several at once, both individual pages and the resource as a whole can be blocked
  • Roskomnadzor will keep a register of violators
  • the norm may apply to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

The State Duma adopted in the first reading a package of amendments on rallies:

  • ban on rallies near emergency services buildings
  • a ban on financing rallies and demonstrations from abroad and anonymously
  • the possibility of canceling rallies due to the threat of emergency
  • a ban on journalists covering rallies from directly participating in them
  • the court will be able to recognize as a rally several single pickets, united by a common idea, and mass simultaneous presence or movement of citizens in public places, designed to express or form opinions and put forward demands

In Russia announced the change of the founder of RUSADA

The head of the Russian Olympic Committee announced the change of the founders of RUSADA. As required by the new WADA Code, effective January 1st. Instead of the Olympic and Paralympic Committees, these will be organizations that are not related to sports, but may be related to education, sources told RIA Novosti.

After an ice cyclone in Primorye

The Deputy Prosecutor General after the ice cyclone in Primorye said about the poor condition of engineering networks, the lack of the necessary reserve of material resources and the unwillingness of the authorities and specialized organizations to quickly eliminate the consequences of an emergency

Russian serial compact city electric car

Kamaz presented the first Russian serial compact city electric car, Kama-1. The three-door smart crossover can accommodate 4 people, has a range of 250 km and is capable of speeds up to 150 km / h. It will cost about 1.2 million rubles.

Putin supported the idea of ​​creating a Russian court of human rights

“The idea of ​​creating a Russian court for human rights – it just needs to be worked out. All such institutions as a judicial investigator and so on, they require funding and changes in certain systems. This is the same thing. But in principle, it seems to me, the idea itself is correct yourself “

The EU summit opens in Brussels. On the agenda:

  • the fate of the deal with Britain (what happens there
  • approval of a 7-year budget plan and an anti-crisis fund of 750 billion euros (what are the difficulties
  • sanctions against Turkey for drilling in Cypriot waters
  • another extension of sanctions against Russia
  • relations with the United States after the presidential elections

Lukashenko signed an agreement with Russia on the mutual recognition of visas

Third-country nationals with a valid visa of one country will be able to freely enter, leave and stay in the territory of another country during the validity of the visa, crossing the land border of Russia and Belarus.

In 2021, there will be two solar and two lunar eclipses.

Some of them can be observed on the territory of Russia, said Sergei Yazev, director of the astronomical observatory at Irkutsk State University.

“May 26 – total lunar eclipse. December 4 – total solar eclipse, it will be in the Antarctic region. June 10 will be an annular solar eclipse. Finally, a partial lunar eclipse will be observed on November 19,” Yazev said.

In Russia it will be possible to observe an annular solar eclipse, it will be visible on the territory of Yakutia. In November, residents of Irkutsk will be able to observe a partial lunar eclipse in case of favorable weather conditions.