17 Dec, 2019

News digest for 12/16/2019

In Russia there is an active preparation for a new pension “scheme”.

The Ministry of Finance proposes to establish a minimum benchmark of profitability for non-state pension funds (NPF), which will manage the savings of Russians in the framework of the new funded pension system being developed by the authorities — the guaranteed pension plan (GPP). It is assumed that the GPP will allow Russians to save for retirement in the NPF at the expense of personal contributions from salaries with the guarantees of the state, that is, to form savings in excess of their old-age insurance pension. The bill is due to come into force in 2021.

In order to make a rolling fixed-term pension payment within the GPP, NPF should earn at least 6.7% per year, Moiseev said: “If pension funds will earn less than OFZ, which can earn a good income, then why do we need pension funds?”NPF, which did not provide the minimum yield, should compensate for the lack of its own funds.

Russia is beginning to increase the number of ballistic missile launches.

Strategic missile forces intend to make six launches of Intercontinental ballistic missiles. Colonel-General Sergei Karakaev announced the plans of the strategic missile forces.

“In 2020, it is planned to conduct six ICBM launches, five of them from the Plesetsk cosmodrome»

Karakayev also noted that for the current year five launches of strategic missiles were made. Three of them were carried out from the cosmodrome in Plesetsk, two-from the Kapustin Yar test site. The soldier stressed that the exercise confirmed the” high reliability ” of the missiles.

In 2020, MailRu Group plans to launch its own video service.

This is the CEO of the company Boris Dobrodeev. The platform will select videos depending on the interests of the user in a similar way to how it is now doing YouTube. Dobrodeev, however, said that it will be “not” frontal “YouTube”, and the service “in its own way.” What the service will be called is hidden. it is noted that all digital media and platforms will soon struggle for time spent — the time that a person spends with them.

“We will set ourselves the task of increasing time spent more, catching up with YouTube, increasing the amount of content consumed outside the social graph»

Rosstat presented data on GDP production for the 3rd quarter.

The following economic activities accelerated during this period:

  • Wholesale and retail trade: 2.2% yoy vs -0.6% yoy in 2nd quarter
  • Manufacturing: 2.5% vs 0.6% yoy
  • Agriculture: 2.6% yoy vs 0.1% yoy
  • Real estate transactions: 2.2% vs 1.3% yoy
  • Public administration: 0.9% vs 0.2% yoy

Slowing down.:

  • Production: 2.0% vs 3.0% yoy
  • Transport: -0.1% vs 2.9% yoy
  • Health care: 1.5% vs 1.7% yoy
  • Stable high growth was maintained in the financial sector: 7.9% yoy
  • Negative dynamics remained in the sector of educational services: -0.7% yoy
  • Data on the construction sector-0.0% yoy for 3 quarters-look inadequate and, apparently, will be recalculated

Russia and the United States have not fulfilled their obligations

According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Moscow and Washington promised to achieve the withdrawal of Kurdish paramilitary groups from the security zone along the Turkish-Syrian border.

“They said that there will be no terrorists in this territory, but they are still there,” the Turkish President said. According to him, local residents are still asking Ankara for military assistance, and the Kurdish self-defense units continue to claim that they speak on behalf of all Kurds.

The Turkish President again accused the Syrian Kurds of being closely linked to the Kurdistan Workers ‘ party, an organization operating in the Southeast that Ankara considers terrorist.

Rambler has filed a lawsuit against the streaming video service Twitch

Rambler Group filed a lawsuit in the Moscow city court against the streaming video service Twitch about the protection of copyright and related rights on the Internet. The company demands “to stop distribution of pirated broadcasts” of matches of the English Premier League (NPL) on Twitch, reports “Kommersant”.

In addition to blocking the largest streaming service Rambler requires monetary compensation in the amount of 180.3 billion rubles (almost 2.9 billion dollars), said the representative of Twitch in court Yulianna tabastaeva. She claims that initially Rambler sought only blocking, then stated a claim for compensation of 147 million rubles, and on November 29 presented new requirements.

Russians support the law on domestic violence

70% of Russians consider it necessary to introduce a law on domestic violence, only 7% oppose it. This is reported by “Vedomosti” with reference to the results of the VTsIOM survey.

90% of respondents stated that any violence in the family is unacceptable; 8% believe that it is possible to hit a husband or wife under certain circumstances. 50% of respondents believe that even the first case of physical violence cannot be forgiven; 39% are ready to forgive it. 40% of the survey participants are aware of cases of beatings in familiar families.

The responses of men and women who took part in the survey differ. Women are more active (80% vs. 57%) in favor of the law on domestic violence, speak more about the inadmissibility of such violence (94% vs. 85%), are less likely to turn a blind eye to the first beatings in the family (29% vs. 52%) and more often (43% vs. 37%) admit that they have heard about cases of violence in familiar families.

In the state Duma proposed to settle emergency houses at the expense of mortgages

The Deputy of The state Duma Dmitry Yurkov suggested to settle inhabitants of emergency houses on a mortgage with the reduced rate not above three percent. He told about it in conversation with the Izvestia newspaper. Yurkov explained his initiative by the financial situation of the owners of emergency housing.

Residents of emergency houses need to provide the maximum number of tools to address this issue. If they are able to find suitable housing on their own, the state can, for example, subsidize the transaction. – Dmitry Yurkov, Russian Deputy

Rogozin warned of the risk of destruction of objects in the East

Some unfinished objects of the first stage of the Vostochny cosmodrome may collapse if they are not addressed, said the General Director of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin. According to Mr. Rogozin, the financing of completion will begin immediately after the new year. The objects will be completed in parallel with the construction of the second stage of the project. The head of “Roscosmos” said that the degree of readiness of unfinished buildings – from 10 to 90%.

Roscosmos has requested another 18 billion rubles for the “lunar” ship ” eagle»

Rocket and space Corporation “Energy” has requested from Roscosmos an additional 18 billion rubles for the development of a manned transport ship “eagle”, designed for flights to the moon, according to the materials of the Corporation, available to RIA Novosti.

Rogozin shared plans to create a universal Elevator to the moon

Roscosmos plans to create a so-called universal Elevator, with which it will deliver commercial cargo to the surface of the earth’s satellite. This was announced today, December 16, at a press conference at the Vostochny cosmodrome by the head of the state Corporation “Roscosmos” Dmitry Rogozin.

We plan to create a universal lander to the moon, which will be able to deliver both our loads and loads from other countries. This will be a universal Elevator, which will be able to land a load from the lunar station on the order of partners. – Dmitry Rogozin, Russian politician

Russia will start creating a single space state program in 2020

“Roscosmos” from 2020 intends to combine all projects of the space industry into a single state program, told reporters the head of the state Corporation Dmitry Rogozin. According to him, the presence of several not coordinated with each other Federal programs ” creates chaos in the actions.”

Most employers refused the new year’s award

About 51% of Russian employers do not intend to pay annual bonuses to their employees. This was reported by RIA “Novosti” with reference to the data of the recruitment service ” Work.ru”. It is noted that 30% of employers will award bonuses to only a number of employees, 19% will pay bonuses to all employees.

Transferring phones to prisons could become a criminal offence

Deputy Chairman of the state Duma Committee on security and anti-corruption Alexander Khinshtein said that the transfer of phones to prisons can become a criminal offense.

The government has not approved the online sale of prescription drugs

The bill authorizing the sale of medicines on the Internet was adopted in the first reading in 2017. It was assumed that from July 1, 2020, remote trade in over-the-counter drugs will be allowed, and from January 1, 2022-a full range of pharmaceutical products.

Employers in Japan have dressed elderly employees in exoskeletons

Employers began purchasing exoskeletons for older workers. One local company has developed affordable devices that help lift heavy objects. At the same time, they do not need to be charged: exoskeletons work on pressurized compressed air

Terms of construction of the bridge across the Amur river to China in the EAO extended

The railway bridge over the Amur Nizhneleninskoye-Tongjiang, located in the Jewish Autonomous region, will be built by the end of 2020, and the project will undergo changes. This was informed by Deputy Prime Minister and presidential envoy to the far Eastern Federal district Yuri Trutnev during a speech in Birobidzhan.

“They will not build it by June, they will build it by the end of the year,” he said.

Trutnev stressed that the project will be amended due to the fact that the part of the river where the Russian part of the bridge is being built and where the supports are already standing, has a greater depth than in the design marks.

The Nizhneleninskoye-Tongjiang bridge is the first railway bridge between Russia and China. Its length is 2209 m, 309 of them are located on Russian territory. However, China has already completed the construction of its part.

From “Nevsky Bank” stole more than was

Last week, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation revoked the banking license of PJSC “Nevsky Bank” because of the theft of cash and securities for 3 billion rubles, although on November 1, 2019, the volume of all its assets was only 2.25 billion rubles. This is reported by “Kommersant”.

More than half of Russians are overweight

In Russia, 46.9% of men and 34.7% of women are overweight. This is reported by “Izvestia”, referring to the study of Rosstat. 17.8% of men and 24.5% of women are obese. Normal weight was recorded only in 34% of men and 38.1% of women.

Come to us on Kolyma

By 2023, a tourist complex should appear in the Magadan region. Tourists will be able to stay on the island Zavyalova, part of the territorial section “Kolyma”. The project also includes the infrastructure of the island and Nagaev Bay. Tourists can reach the island in 3 hours by fast boats. It is expected that the new tourist complex will increase the attractiveness of the island for travelers from different regions and countries

Zavyalova island, which has an area of about 40 thousand hectares, became uninhabited in the 1990s. Earlier there was a small factory, a weather station, a lighthouse.

Ukraine has extended the term of booking transit capacity of the GTS

The Ukrainian regulator in the energy sector has provided Gazprom with time to accept the final contract for gas transportation, said the Executive Director of” Naftogaz ” Yuriy Vitrenko.

“The regulator has met halfway, once again confirming the constructive position of Ukraine, and extended the terms of booking long-term capacity until December 31,” TASS quoted him as saying.

He noted that Gazprom had additional time to conclude a contract for transportation services.

New names appeared in the list of companies for privatization

The new privatization plan for 2020-2022 may include such companies as Dom.RF, “Russian post”, Rosgeologia, Zarubezhneft, Sheremetyevo airport and a number of others (Izvestia has a list).

23.7 billion rubles for the development of quantum computing

Rosatom presented a draft plan for the development of quantum computing in Russia until 2024. According to the document, it is planned to send 23.7 billion rubles for these purposes, writes Kommersant.

As part of the project, it is also planned to create software for business needs, currently negotiations are underway with 25 companies, including Sberbank, Gazprombank, SIBUR and Gazpromneft.

Total ban on the use of disposable tableware on the beaches

The authorities of the resort town of Eilat on the red sea coast were the first in Israel to introduce a complete ban on the use of disposable tableware on the beaches. It is reported by the newspaper Globes.

“Eilat city Council has banned the use of disposable tableware and containers made of any material, including plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper, which are not intended for reuse by the manufacturer, including Cutlery, plates, cups, tubes, bags and lids. The ban also applies to plastic bags. The municipal order establishes a maximum fine of 730 shekels (about $210) for violators, ” the newspaper writes.

FESCO group decided to sell grain carriers

FESCO transport group has decided to sell its grain hoppers and exit the grain segment, President of the company Alexander Isurin said. He did not name the buyer of the asset or the amount of the transaction. According to him, the deal could be closed in the first quarter of 2020, if the group’s partner receives FAS approval.

The Ministry of economy proposes to measure labor productivity in a new way

The new methodology of the Ministry of economy, based on the calculation of value added per employee, was approved by the departmental order in December (but has not yet been approved by the government) — it was supposed to be based on monitoring the implementation of the tasks of the national project. The Department proposes a new version of the document: the formula for calculating the added value was supplemented by the indicator of depreciation of fixed assets and intangible assets. In addition, for companies reporting under IFRS, calculations will be based on audited data, for others-on the data of the Federal tax service.

India and China benefit from import substitution in Russia

According to the annual study of the Yegor Gaidar IEP, based on surveys of companies in October 2019, the scale of import substitution in the industry is expanding

“The main beneficiaries of the geopolitical battles of recent years in the Russian market of machinery and equipment have become manufacturers from China and India,” the IEP concludes. The countries were able to increase the share of their Russian buyers by 19 points, to 35%.

Retail and online sales rose in China

The growth of online retail sales in the first 11 months of 2019 was 16.6% compared to the same period last year, reaching 9.5 trillion yuan (1.3 trillion dollars). At the end of 2018, retail sales increased by 9% to 38.09 trillion yuan (5.5 trillion dollars).Read the source

In 2020, mobile communications will become more expensive in Russia

Operators in 2020 will have to spend on the implementation of the packages “Spring law” and “sovereign Internet”. Operators will inevitably increase the cost of services throughout 2020 and the average cost of the population will increase by 17-18 percent.

18 years after the introduction of the Euro in Germany there are still more than 12 billion marks

In General, in Germany there are still about 165 million banknotes, as well as more than 23 billion coins. Each year, the Federal Bank of Germany exchanges between 70 and 90 million marks for euros. Especially popular banknotes in the amount of 100, 200, 500 and 1000 marks.

In Germany, it was possible to change stamps to euros starting in September 2001. One Euro was equal to 1,95583 marks. This course is still valid.

Siluanov considered tax incentives for oil companies ineffective

Since the beginning of the year, budget revenues from the oil and gas industry have decreased by 0.9% of GDP. The negative dynamics is due to the decrease in the cost of oil on the world market and the benefits actively provided to oil companies.

“We will prepare a report on the effectiveness of benefits in the oil and gas industry at the end of the year, but now I can confidently say that investment activity from them is not growing. The companies received additional profit, but will direct it to the payment of dividends, and not to the economy, ” – said the head of the Ministry of Finance Anton Siluanov.

Gasoline price growth was recorded in 11 Russian regions

Consumer prices for gasoline on average in Russia from 3 to 9 December 2019 again did not change in percentage terms compared to the previous reporting period. This trend has been maintained for 18 consecutive weeks, according to data from the Federal state statistics service. However, the Agency records an increase in gasoline prices in 11 centers of the subjects of the Russian Federation, and the largest-in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (by 0.2%).

Assad accused the United States of selling Turkey seized oil in Syria

The United States is selling Turkey oil that has been seized from Syrian fields, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Chinese television channel Phoenix.

The airfield in Cyprus will be a base for Turkish drones

The Cyprus Mail newspaper reported That the lefkoniko airfield in the Northern part of Cyprus will become the base of Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles, which are engaged in the search for hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean. The first Bayraktar strike drone of the Turkish armed forces arrived at the place of permanent basing in Northern Cyprus, Anadolu Agency reported on Monday.

Turkey has not recognized the Republic of Cyprus since 1963, challenging the boundaries of its exclusive economic zone and stating that it would not allow drilling off the coast of the island without the consent of the Turkish Cypriot community. Ankara assures that the drilling vessels of Turkey, which are accompanied by warships, are located in the zone of the gas field on the Cyprus shelf on the basis of licenses issued by the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), not recognized by any state in the world, except Turkey itself.

The Yabloko party elected a new Chairman

At the Yabloko Congress, a new party Chairman was named, and Deputy Chairman Nikolai Rybakov became him. 69 people voted for it. In this position of the Fishermen changed Slabunov Emilia, who held the position in 2015. 19 people voted for it.

According to RIA Novosti, the party “Yabloko” founded in 1995, 78 regional offices, more than 600 structural units, more than 28 thousand members.

In the Black sea entered the us Navy destroyer

The black sea fleet of the Russian Federation took on the escort entered on Sunday in the South-Western part of the black sea destroyer “Ross” of the US Navy. It is reported by TASS with reference to the Russian defense Ministry.

Sokurov responded Kadyrov on charges of nationalism

The question of awarding the title of Hero of Russia to Chechens who fought on the side of militants during military campaigns in Chechnya, Director Alexander Sokurov asked Russian President Vladimir Putin, not Ramzan Kadyrov. The filmmaker did not ask the opinion of the head of Chechnya. So Sokurov responded to Kadyrov’s accusations of nationalism on the TV channel “Rain”.

According to Sokurov, he was interested to hear what Putin, and not the Chechen leader, thinks about this. At the same time, he noted that he does not see a bad sense in the word “nationalist”: so you can call everyone who thinks about their homeland, people, family, culture.

Zelensky attended the concert of the Studio ” Quarter 95»

The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky visited the concert of the Studio “Quarter 95″, the head of which he was earlier, reported on December 15, the TV channel 112.ua.

Streaming service Twitch is not negotiating with Rambler on the conclusion of a settlement agreement, said” Open media ” representative of Twitch Yulianna tabastaeva.

In Russia there is a new center of medical technology and artificial intelligence

The new structure will implement a wide variety of projects in the field of civil production. The focus will be on three areas: medical technology, AI-based systems and optoelectronics.

At this stage, technical specifications are formed and agreed, plans for research and development for further production and commercialization are prepared. For example, one of the projects will be the development of a platform for creating solutions in the field of “smart” home/city using LPWAN (Low-power Wide-area Network) technologies.

Printed mask could fool facial recognition system

Specialists of the American company Kneron were able to fool the facial recognition system with a simple printed mask. According to experts, they tested the program on three continents. As a result in China researchers were able to trick tablets for payments from Alipay and WeChat

Western Digital plans to switch to a new technology in HDD capacity of 24-30 TB

New technologies are needed to further increase HDD capacity, and Western Digital decided to use heating to increase disk capacity. By the end of the year, the market leader will present HDD up to 18 TB. It will use the technology of the Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording (MAMR). It is due to the influence of microwaves on the plate allows you to increase the volume without replacing the disc heads and plates. Later, the company will switch to laser heating-Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR). At the expense of it it is already possible to create HDD to 30 TB, and in the long term and 50 TB.

Rogozin disowned Twitter robot ” Fedor»

Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin told reporters that the activities of the robot “Fedor” on the Internet is not related to the state Corporation headed by him.

Yandex has developed laser sensors for unmanned vehicles

Soon the drones of “Yandex” will start to install domestic lidars. Their company has developed in-house, and they are 50% cheaper than foreign counterparts.

Russia will create a system of monitoring the employment of graduates

The system for monitoring the employment of graduates in the Russian Federation can be created before the end of 2020, said the head of the Ministry of labor Maxim Topilin. He noted that the Ministry creates such a system together with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of education.

This will allow us to give much more accurate signals to colleagues in educational institutions… in order to adjust, probably, including the figures of reception. – Maxim Topilin

Roskomnadzor urged Twitter to explain the blocking of accounts from Russia

Roskomnadzor asked Twitter to explain the restriction of access to a number of accounts from Russia. This is stated in a statement published on the website of the Department. As noted, Roskomnadzor received data on the restriction of Twitter access to the accounts of Rossotrudnichestvo, the project “Good news” and the Chairman of the Commission for the development of the information community, media and mass communications of the Public chamber of Russia Alexander Malkevich.

Titov proposed to allow business to manage prisons and detention centers

Mr. Titov believes that private management in jail can be more effective than the state. He also proposed an Amnesty for convicted businessmen. Speaking about the admission of business to the management of prisons and pre-trial detention centers, the Ombudsman said that this issue ” requires deep study.”

“Magnet” will be engaged in digital advertising

The retailer “Magnet” in partnership with the company Aggregion launches an open platform with digital advertising. Its users will have access to impersonal data of network clients. X5 Retail Group also entered the big data advertising targeting market earlier.

Residents of Russia spend almost a third of their budget on food

Citizens of the Russian Federation spend 30.2% of their budget on the purchase of products. According to this indicator, Russia ranks 31st among 40 other European countries. This is stated in the results of the study RIA Novosti. The indicator was calculated at the end of 2018 and for Russia decreased by 1% compared to the previous year.

The smallest share of expenditure on food recorded in Luxembourg, where it amounted to only 8.4% of the family budget, and the largest-in Ukraine (50%).

2020 is declared the year of Patriotism in Yakutia

The head of Yakutia Aisen Nikolaev in his message to the state Assembly (Il Tumen) declared 2020 the Year of Patriotism in the Republic, the TV channel “Yakutia 24” reports.

“One of the key projects will be “We are the future of Russia”. The main goal, education of citizenship of our people, our children”, – Aisen Nikolaev explained.

He added that the Year of Patriotism will strengthen the continuity of traditions, respect for the Motherland.

Earlier it was reported that 2019 was declared the year of consolidation in Yakutia

Accessorize returns to Russia

British Monsoon Accessorize, which closed all stores in Russia in 2017, will make a new attempt to enter the market. The owner of the master franchise for the Accessorize brand can become a businessman Vyacheslav Shikulov, who develops stores under the Samsonite and Guess brands.

Erdogan threatened the US to recognize the genocide of Indians

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Washington in response to the recognition of the Armenian genocide in 1915 to approve a resolution on the genocide of Indians during the colonization of America.

Greta Thunberg justified for the photo on the floor of the “crowded” train

Eco-activist Greta Thunberg posted a photo on the floor of the “crowded train”on Twitter. The picture appeared on the girl’s page on December 15 during her return from Madrid to Stockholm.
A few hours later, the carrier, Deutsche Bahn, responded to the post on Twitter. The girl was thanked for the fight against climate change and the choice of “ecological train”.

“It would be even better if you also told how competent and friendly the team that served you in the first class carriage was,” the company said.

According to Deutsche Bahn, Greta Thunberg travelled first class on the Kassel–Hamburg route, with members of her team taking first class seats in Frankfurt.

A new messaging standard designed to replace SMS has been officially launched

In November, Google said it was beginning a gradual transition to a new text messaging standard in the Android operating system. Now, all users of Android smartphones in the United States can try out RCS-chats – you need to update the Google Messages app and operator settings.

A revolutionary gamma laser concept has been created

Gamma-ray lasers — a long-standing dream of physicists around the world, but only recently a researcher from California was lucky to come close to creating such a device. Its system is based on the use of positronium bubbles in a special liquid helium. Positronium is a volatile compound whose atoms exist for a very short period of time. From the outside it resembles hydrogen, but in its structure there is a positron-antiparticle, a kind of opposite of the electron.

Norway has selected Ericsson for the deployment of 5G, refusing to Huawei

Telecommunications company Telenor has chosen Sweden’s Ericsson as a key technology provider to build a 5th generation (5G) network in Norway, rejecting the services of China’s Huawei despite a decade-long collaboration with it to roll out 4G networks.

China is threatening Germany with retaliation in the event of a ban Huawei

According to network sources, Chinese Ambassador Wu Ken (Wu Ken) threatened to retaliate against Germany in the event of a ban on the use of Huawei telecommunications equipment designed to build fifth-generation communication networks (5G).

Putin instructed to work out proposals for military-technical cooperation with Africa

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to work out received at the end of the summit “Russia-Africa” numerous proposals on military-technical cooperation.

“I will note the recent Russia – Africa summit. In the course of its work, it was confirmed that reliable, responsible military-technical cooperation is one of the priorities of interaction with African partners. At the end of the summit, I ask you to work out the numerous proposals received on the PTS, of course, taking into account their commercial component, with an emphasis on the introduction of flexible approaches to supplies and payment,” Putin said at a meeting of the PTS Commission. A transcript of the meeting is posted on the Kremlin’s website.

“Star wars” will complete the history of Skywalkers

 

 

Guitarist John Frusciante returned to the band Red Hot Chili Peppers

American guitarist and composer John Frusciante rejoined the funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP), with whom he recorded several commercially successful records in the 1990s and early 2000s. The band announced on Instagram.

Grishkovets and “Curlers” released a mini-album with “socio-political” lyrics

Evgeny Grishkovets and “Curlers” released a mini-album (EP) ” Who here will remember us?”. The release was released on the label “bullfinch”, it contains four tracks and is available for listening to popular music services, including Apple Music, iTunes Store and Yandex.Music».

Queen released a video for the 1984 song Thank God It’s Christmas

On the official channel of the British rock band Queen appeared video for the song Thank God It’s Christmas. The song, written by guitarist Brian may and drummer Roger Taylor, was released as a single in November 1984 and spent six weeks at the top of the UK charts

All-Russian competition-festival “Italmas invites»

From 17 to 19 January 2020, the Udmurt state Philharmonic will host the all-Russian competition-festival “Italmas invites”. This is reported by the Director of the institution Alexey Fomin on his page in the social network ” Vkontakte»

Presented compact e-book

In China, sales of a new compact e-book from the company Tencent have started-the dimensions of the device called Tencent Pocket Reader II are modest even by the standards of smartphones — the screen diagonal is only 5.2 inches. But unlike smartphone screens, the Pocket Reader II display is based on e-ink technology.

China has experienced an Autonomous cargo ship

Autonomous cargo ship “Jindouyun – Hao” on December 15, 2019 made the first full-fledged test flight. According to a report published on the website of the state Council of China, the tests of the vessel took place in Guangdong province and were considered completely successful.

According to Safety4Sea, during the tests, the Chinese Autonomous vessel left the port on the island of Dong-AO in Zhuhai and arrived at pier 1 of the bridge “Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau”, uniting the administrative centers of the same name. Other details about the tests are not specified.

Waves of fluid wash over our brains

A recent study showed that while we sleep, waves of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow rhythmically through our brain, removing all toxins from it.

“We’ve known for a long time that neurons use waves, though electric. But before that, we did not realize that in fact there are waves in the cerebrospinal fluid, too,” explains neuroscientist Laura Lewis from Boston University.

Rogozin shared plans to create a universal Elevator to the moon

Roscosmos plans to create a so-called universal Elevator, with which it will deliver commercial cargo to the surface of the earth’s satellite. This was announced today, December 16, at a press conference at the Vostochny cosmodrome by the head of the state Corporation “Roscosmos” Dmitry Rogozin.

We plan to create a universal lander to the moon, which will be able to deliver both our loads and loads from other countries. This will be a universal Elevator, which will be able to land a load from the lunar station on the order of partners. – Dmitry Rogozin, Russian politician

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