24 Sep, 2021

Plants will replace street lights

We are talking about a new direction in science called “plant nanobionics”, in which various particles are introduced into living tissues to give them new properties. Last year, this led to the creation of explosive-reactive spinach sapper, living soil moisture sensors, and watercress glowing in the dark. The latter has become the subject of special interest and has recently been presented with a modified, improved version.

In the first variant, luminescence was achieved by adding luciferase and luciferin components borrowed from fireflies. In the new version, they were replaced by phosphors, strontium aluminate, which accumulates ultraviolet radiation in order to then emit energy during the phosphorescence process. To protect plant tissues, the nanoparticles were packed in a silica shell and placed in a mesophyll layer inside the leaf.

The light from plants with phosphors is 10 times brighter than from luciferase, and to activate such a lamp, it is enough to irradiate it with ultraviolet light for just 10 seconds. True, the system produces maximum brightness in just a few minutes, and then gradually fades out for several hours. But here the main thing is different – scientists were convinced that such additives do not interfere with the natural processes of plant life. Therefore, you can safely carry out new experiments, for example, to combine phosphors and luciferase to obtain a combined light source.

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Nazi criminal Oberlander (97) died in Canada without waiting for deportation, local press writes

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Russia will not close the case of the Nazi criminal Oberlander, who died in Canada, is still waiting for materials on his case from the Canadian authorities, the Russian ambassador told RIA Novosti

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Novatek’s deputy chairman of the board, Mark Gitway, has been arrested in Florida for tax evasion of $ 93 million, the US Justice Department said.

If he is admitted guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each episode of fraud, 5 years for each episode of tax evasion, 5 years for each episode of not providing data to the financial department of an international bank, 5 years for each episode of false applications, 3 years – for each episode of assistance in preparing a tax refund application, 1 year – for each episode of intentional non-submission of a tax return.

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Former Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Kabanov may be charged with abuse of office with serious consequences, fraud and corruption, a source in the regional council of ministers told RIA Novosti.

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The US is renewing support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and will push for its entry into force, the State Department announced.

The treaty cannot enter into force until 44 countries, including the United States, have ratified it. In 2018, the Trump administration announced that it no longer intends to seek ratification and entry into force of the treaty.

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Ex-head of the Catalan government, Carles Puigdemont, who has been hiding for 4 years, was detained in Sardinia by order of the Supreme Court of Spain, according to the Spanish edition El Confidencial, citing sources

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The Taliban (a terrorist movement, banned in Russia) called on the Russian Federation to become a mediator on lifting UN sanctions, and also counts on Russia’s assistance in a peaceful settlement and reconstruction of the country, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information of the interim government of Afghanistan Zabiulla Mujahid told RIA Novosti

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The Taliban (recognized as terrorist and prohibited in the Russian Federation) intends to eliminate all routes of drug smuggling to other countries and counts on Russia’s help in this matter, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information of the interim government of Afghanistan Zabiullah Mujahid said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

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Federal media reported that several regions of the Central Federal District at once fell into dependence on a criminal group of raiders, which launched a real hunt for the business assets of local entrepreneurs. For several years, large local developers have become the main targets for attacks.

The most striking case is the bankruptcy of the SKF Comfort developer, as a result of which tens of millions of rubles were damaged, and hundreds of people were left without housing. Finally, in March 2021, a criminal case was initiated against the criminal group under Article 195 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Unlawful Acts in Bankruptcy”). And despite the fact that the entire region knew the names of the leaders of the fraudulent group, proceedings were opened against “unidentified persons”.

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A full trailer for the movie “Spencer: The Secret of Princess Diana” with Kristen Stewart in the title role has been released. Pablo Larrain’s film starring Kristen Stewart takes place in the early 1990s, when Diana decides to divorce her husband, Prince Charles (Jack Farthing). The film will be released in Russia on November 4th.

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The government will introduce an excise tax on steel at a rate of 2.7% and change the approach to calculating the MET for iron ore, coking coal and fertilizers, said the head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin following a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin with businessmen. According to him, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to postpone the issue of differentiating income tax depending on investments and dividends until at least 2023. This request from business was voiced at the meeting by Shokhin himself.

“We agreed on the rates on the severance tax … We found compromise figures. For ore – 4.8%, for liquid steel – 2.7%. A compromise was reached on mineral fertilizers, ”said the head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, commenting on the results of the meeting. According to him, the new rates will be valid for three years.

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The Ministry of Finance of Russia has included in the draft budget for the next three years 1.6 trillion rubles for the maintenance of the authorities. This amount is indicated in the explanatory note of the department to the bill on the federal budget for 2022 and the planning period 2023-2024.

For the maintenance of the President of Russia and his administration, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation has allocated 45.2 billion rubles, which is 950.6 million rubles more than it was estimated in the budget for 2021-2023. The department explained the increase in costs by indexing the salaries of officials in 2024, holding the inauguration of the president, making state awards and air travel for officials.

The prime minister and the government apparatus as a whole will cost taxpayers 26.7 billion rubles for three years, which is 3 billion rubles more than it was planned a year ago. Expenses will again increase, including due to the indexation of employee salaries in 2024, writes Forbes.

Expenditures for the Federation Council in three years will amount to 19.7 billion rubles (18.2 million less), for the State Duma – 36.6 billion rubles (a billion less), and for the operation of the judicial system – 718.5 billion rubles.

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US House of Representatives approves $ 1 billion bill to support Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system

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In Ussuriisk, an actress from a popular Internet series about a fictional official Vitaly Nalivkin was arrested. The magistrate’s court appointed 43-year-old Larisa Krivonosova 10 days of arrest and 1,000 rubles a fine for wearing a police officer’s uniform, in which she played “Marina Wulf, an official representative of the Ussuriysk District Ministry of Internal Affairs”.

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The first trailer for the movie “The Worlds of the Cats of Louis Wayne” has been released. The paintings of the eccentric aristocrat Louis Wayne have one thing in common – he paints exclusively anthropomorphic cats. Thanks to the love of his wife Emily, Louis forever changes the way people look at life and cats. But with each new picture, the bizarre worlds of Louis begin to increasingly replace reality for him. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Taika Waititi and others. The premiere on November 5.

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Adjustment of the tax system provides for floating rates, this will allow you to quickly respond to changes in the global environment – Siluanov

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Alexei Navalny criticized the actions of Apple, Google, YouTube and Telegram, which blocked resources related to “Smart Voting”.

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Microsoft unveiled a new model of the Surface Duo 2 dual-screen smartphone. It received two updated screens with a frequency of up to 90 Hz with rounded corners towards the center, a notification panel on the side and the latest Snapdragon 888 processor with 5G support. The smartphone will go on sale on October 5 at a price of $ 1499 (about 108 thousand rubles).

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A team from Columbia University has implemented the idea of ​​ultra-precise food preparation, using a 3D printer and laser to process raw foods. The first creates a workpiece with ideally correct dimensions, and the second bakes it according to the optimal algorithm.

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Four out of five candidates who were on the federal list of “United Russia” in the elections will not go to work in parliament: Shoigu, Lavrov, Protsenko and Shmeleva refused mandates.

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Russia was included in the list of “not free” countries in terms of the level of Internet freedom. She scored 30 points out of 100, which is two times less than in Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia.

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During the meeting on industry, Alexander Lukashenko announced the presence of spies at Belarusian enterprises. According to Lukashenko, the special services of Belarus have already identified several such spies.

“I have information that a few scoundrels are still there somewhere, and they set themselves the goal of informing the collective West about how [Industry Minister Petr] Parkhomchik and [Deputy Prime Minister Yuri] Nazarov are trying to circumvent the sanctions. They actually spy and pass information there, ”he said.

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Mozilla Web Standards Lead Tantek Celik said Google’s new browser software “captures physical behavior, recognizes daily routines (eg lunchtime), and uses this for proactive psychological manipulation (hunger, emotion, choice).”

Ryosuke Niwa, one of the developers of Apple’s open source WebKit engine, echoed his colleagues by stating that Idle Detection is “a very serious violation of user privacy.”

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The state corporation “Roskosmos” announced a tender, worth 1.7 billion rubles, to study the issues of organizing manned flights to the moon. The contractor must develop requirements for rockets, ships, spacesuits, lunar rover. The work will last until November 2025.

The goal is to develop recommendations and requirements “for products of rocket and space technology that ensure the reliable implementation of manned flights to the Moon, the work of astronauts in the circumlunar orbit and the surface of the Moon.”

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Former deputy head of the Russian Pension Fund Ivanov received 4 years for bribes (he was threatened with 15), RIA Novosti was told in court

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Twitter made the “Tips” function (the ability to support a user if they like their content) available to everyone and added the ability to send them in bitcoins

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Students with socially hazardous and destructive behaviors will begin to be identified by reviewing their written work. For the creation of software for such an analysis in the budget of the national project “Education” provides 1.7 billion rubles, follows from the explanatory note to the draft federal budget, writes “Vedomosti”.

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The volume of venture deals with Russian start-ups in the first half of 2021 more than tripled compared to the same period last year and set a record of $ 1 billion (over 6 months).

Venture capital investments mean investments in the amount of up to $ 100 million in risky, technological and potentially highly profitable projects. When assessing the volume and dynamics of the Russian market, venture capital investments in companies operating primarily in Russia were taken into account. The report included primarily information on transactions, which was available in open sources.

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According to Freedom House, in more than 50 countries over the past year, there have been cases of harassment and arrest of people for materials posted on social networks.

USA (there are cases of lawsuits for posts on Twitter), Taiwan (there are cases of prosecution for posts on Facebook), South Korea (YouTube), Singapore (YouTube and WhatsApp). In European countries, people are not arrested for posts on social networks. Arrests recorded in Russia for posts on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and Telegram

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Volvo will update the logo with a more minimalist design, which will be used on cars from 2023, and will also stop using leather for trim on its cars, even as an option. The decision is driven by both anticipating market trends and an ethical concern for animals, Volvo executives said.

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All houses of the French group Kering (unites Gucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Brioni and Yves Saint Laurent) completely abandon the use of animal fur in their collections since autumn 2022

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Erdogan: “The Syrian regime actually creates a threat on our borders. I expect from Russia as a friendly country solidarity and a different approach to Syria.”

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Sibur and TAIF started to complete the merger deal, having signed an agreement on the final conditions for the creation of the merged company, they decided to implement the option to fully consolidate 100% of TAIF shares ahead of schedule. Completion of all procedures will take several days.

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The basis of the laws of Afghanistan will be the Koran, said the Taliban (the organization is banned in Russia as a terrorist organization), and the Ministry of Propaganda of Virtue and Prevention of Vices will monitor their implementation.

The convicted murderers are executed by a shot in the head, and the relatives of the victim. Thieves will have their hands chopped off, and for robbery on the highway, criminals will have their arms and legs amputated. Mullah Noruddin Turabi dismissed outrage over public executions and warned the world against meddling in Afghan affairs.

“Chopping off your hands is very important for safety,” he said.

“Everyone criticized us for punishments in the stadium, but we never said anything about their own laws and punishments. Nobody has the right to tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will establish our own laws based on the Koran. ”

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In Uzbekistan, a Russian boy shouting “Urus” was beaten up by neighbors’ children. The local police do not want to take any action. Such cases have become more frequent against the background of the struggle of the Uzbek authorities with the Russian language – thousands of signs and signs in Russian have been dismantled in cities in the name of imposing the state language.

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Chairman of the Supreme Court of Russia Vyacheslav Lebedev spoke about the creation of the super service “Justice Online”, which will allow participants in the proceedings to remotely implement the entire scope of procedural actions, including participation in the court session via a web conference.

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The Central Bank of China has published a message stating the need to ban all operations with cryptocurrency in the country. According to the Central Bank, all cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, cannot be distributed on the market, since they are not official means of payment. The bank also announced that activities related to cryptocurrencies are considered illegal. Foreign cryptocurrency exchanges are also unable to provide their services in China.

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Scientists have helped mice regrow heart muscle after a heart attack – this time by reprogramming, causing the cardiomyocytes to “rejuvenate” and start dividing. It turned out that in this case it is possible to avoid the formation of tumors and the effect is the stronger, the earlier the treatment begins (ideally, even before the heart attack itself). The method cannot yet be applied to humans – mice have to be genetically modified for this.

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