15 Mar, 2021

Salary for young scientists in Russia

Deputy Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Irina Manuilova announced the imminent introduction of a minimum wage for young scientists. According to her, there is already a fundamental understanding on this matter, and its value will be about 17-20 thousand rubles, reports TASS.

During a press conference on the events of the Year of Science and Technology in the region, the official called this level sufficient: it will allow “the guys to enter this sphere of activity, feeling a certain financial protection.” Manuylova emphasized that such a salary is “initially stable financial support for novice scientists.”

Later, Irina Manuylova told the Rise newspaper that she meant the minimum salary. The final salary of specialists, according to her, will be significantly higher.

“Actually, there was a reservation. It was not about the salary in general, it was about the salary. The salary, of course, will be higher! Now, thank God, we no longer have such salaries. It was simply supposed to discuss completely different issues, frankly speaking, I made a reservation ”.

Middle class in Russia

Vladimir Putin called 73 percent of Russians the middle class, since they receive more than 16 thousand rubles. He told about this in the next series of the TASS project “20 Questions to Vladimir Putin”.

Putin explained that the World Bank classifies those who receive salaries 1.5 times the minimum wage as part of the middle class. In Russia, the minimum wage is 11,280 rubles. This means that those who receive almost 17 thousand rubles are considered the middle class. In 2018, the share of such Russians was 73.1%.

Council of Europe demanded from Russia to immediately release Alexei Navalny

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe called on the Russian authorities to immediately release the opposition politician Alexei Navalny and to overturn the conviction imposed on him in the Yves Rocher case. This is stated in the decision adopted at the session on monitoring the execution of the most resonant judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

UN received a statement from 45 countries calling on Russia to immediately release Navalny

Roskomnadzor has no complaints about Telegram yet

Roskomnadzor has no claims to the Telegram messenger for compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation on personal data, the press service of the department told Interfax.

Results of the French Cesar Prize:

Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay – “Happy to Stay”
Best Actor – Sami Boazhila (“Son”)
Best Actress – Laure Calami (Antoinette in the Cévennes)

At the presentation in the Olympia hall, there were only nominees and presenters, they came with tests for coronavirus, and the temperature was measured at the entrance to the hall. Throughout the ceremony, the artists urged the authorities to open cultural institutions that have not been operating in France since October last year.

Senators in New York have called on his governor to step down.

Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, representing New York State in the upper house of the US Congress, have called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down in light of the scandal. We will remind, earlier several women accused Cuomo of sexual harassment.

Tesla investor sues Elon Musk

Tesla investor in Delawer state has filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk and the company’s board of directors, Bloomberg reports, citing a 105-page statement of claim. The lawsuit was filed because of the “indiscriminate” publications of Elon Musk on Twitter, which, according to the investor, expose the company to billions of dollars in risks. The investor said that with his tweets, Musk violates the terms of an agreement concluded in 2018 with the US Securities Commission (SEC), according to which he must first coordinate his actions on social networks.

Sports arbitration did not allow Russia to use “Katyusha” instead of the anthem

Sports arbitration in Lausanne rejected a request from Russia, which asked to allow Russian athletes to use the song “Katyusha” instead of the national anthem at the Olympics (the anthem itself cannot be used until the end of 2022)

In Moscow, police detained participants of the forum of municipal deputies

The director of “Open Russia” Andrei Pivovarov, the head of the Krasnoselsky district Ilya Yashin, the oppositionist Vladimir Kara-Murza junior, the municipal deputy of the Timiryazevsky district Yulia Galyamina, as well as the rest of the forum participants were detained. All detainees at the forum “Municipal Russia” will draw up protocols under Art. 20.33 Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (cooperation with an undesirable organization).

The Municipal Russia Forum was organized by the United Democrats project and was to take place over two days, March 13 and 14. According to the organizers, municipal deputies from 56 regions signed up to take part in it. At the time the police arrived, 150-200 participants were present at the event.

US Secretary of State condemned the detention of forum participants

“We call for an end to the persecution of independent voices,” said the head of the US Department of State Anthony Blinken, commenting on the detention of about 200 participants in the forum “Municipal Russia”.

The police explained the dispersal of the forum by the fact that it was attended by members of an “undesirable organization” and the sanitary and epidemiological requirements were not observed

Rostec promised to cancel the tender for the purchase of Mercedes Gelandewagen

Representatives of the state corporation Rostec promised Open Media to cancel the tender for the purchase of Mercedes Gelandewagen for 15.99 million rubles. Earlier, an auction for the purchase of a luxury SUV was announced by the Aerospace Equipment Corporation, part of the Rostec structure.

In the meantime, from the terms of reference of the tender, one can find out that the company needed a Gelandewagen with an interior upholstered in white leather and Japanese ash inserts. In addition, among the mandatory conditions of the terms of reference – “red seat belts G manufaktur”

FSIN head allowed to send convicts to clean up the Arctic

The Federal Penitentiary Service will send convicts to clean up the Arctic from pollution, Interfax reports. This statement was made by the director of the service, Alexander Kalashnikov, at the final board of his department.

New source of electricity generation

Swiss scientists have presented a new way to obtain electrical energy from wood under the action of pressure. The study authors applied white rot fungus to balsa planks to reshape them to increase piezoelectric power. A related article appeared in Science Advances.

We assembled several veneered boards and built a prototype of an electric floor from them, to which we connected an LED. One patch of rotten wood, about 15 mm wide, produced only 0.85 V, but this is 55 times more than in earlier experiments. The use of mushrooms has allowed us to significantly increase the potential for using wood to generate electricity, ”said Ingo Burgert, lead author of the interesting study.

Ancient fly with full belly of pollen discovered in Germany

An international team of scientists discovered a previously unknown fossil fly in the lake sediments of the Messel pit. A fossil fly found with a belly full of pollen helped researchers understand how and what these insects, which inhabited the Earth 47 million years ago, ate.

In the stomach of a fossil insect, pollen of various plants could be found. The extracted pollen was dominated by grains from plants of the species Decodon verticillatus and Parthenocíssus quinquefolia (maiden grapes). Today, Decodon verticillatus is a semi-shrub that grows in wetlands and shallow lakes. Both plants grew in the past near Lake Messel. This means that the ancient fly preferred to feed where it lived, avoiding long-distance flights. The research is published in the journal Current Biology.

A new continent began to emerge at the bottom of the Indian Ocean

Scientists from Australia and France, as a result of joint cooperation, concluded that a new continent began to emerge at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Previously, it was considered possible that new continents could appear only on the border of existing ones. This is stated in an article by Terra Nova magazine. As an example, the Kerguelen archipelago is considered, which has become an object of study by specialists. The island group represents the tops of volcanoes, due to the eruption of which part of the land was formed, as well as the islands.

The Soyuz-2 rocket will fly for the first time in a new color design

For the first time in several decades, the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle is launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in a new, unusual design. The media will be dyed in white and blue instead of the standard gray-orange color combination. The color of the transition compartment will also change – instead of the traditional gray, it will also turn blue.

China successfully launched new launch vehicle

According to the China Corporation of Space Science and Technology, the new-generation Changzheng-7A rocket was launched from the Wenchang Cosmodrome, located on the island of Hainan. The CASC stated that it successfully put the satellite into a given orbit.

“According to the plan,” Changzheng-7A “by 2025 will be used at full capacity and perform three to five flights annually,” RT reports.

The launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket was postponed to 2022

In 2021, three launches of the Proton carrier rocket were to take place: with the Nauka module to the International Space Station, with the Express-AMU3 and Express-AMU7 telecommunication vehicles, and the Luch-5 relay satellite. The latter was decided to be postponed until 2022, according to RIA Novosti, citing sources.

Not a single company wanted to insure the launch of Proton-M

The state procurement for insurance was declared invalid, since no applications were submitted. The launch vehicle is to deliver the new Science module to the ISS in May 2021.

Air continues to leak from the ISS compartment with cracks

This was announced by cosmonaut Sergei Ryzhikov. According to him, the pressure on board the station is normal – 730 mm Hg, and in the intermediate chamber – 678. The oxygen leak continues, despite the fact that the cosmonauts have closed two cracks with a sealant.

The family fortune of Alexey Mordashov, owner of Severstal, reaches $ 30 billion for the first time

This happened against the background of the rise in price of the company’s shares, follows from the data of the Forbes Real Time rating. Mordashov became the second Russian businessman whose fortune, according to the publication, reached this mark. The first was the co-owner of Norilsk Nickel, Vladimir Potanin.

The head of the Central Bank announced how much Russians have invested in foreign securities

The volume of Russian investments in foreign securities reached 1.3 trillion rubles, Central Bank head Elvira Nabiullina said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper.

Four unsolved mysteries of the Earth

Scientists have told about four mysteries of the Earth, which still remain unsolved. So far there is no exact answer to the question of where water came from on the planet. When plate tectonics began. How life began. Where did all the oxygen come from?

Minneapolis will pay the family of George Floyd $ 27 million

The administration agreed to settle the lawsuit with the victim’s family. The city council made its decision a few weeks before the trial in the Derek Shovin case. Police officer accused of murdering a black man during detention, which spawned the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States

The Ministry of Energy explained the rise in the price of gasoline

The Ministry of Energy of Russia explained the rise in the price of gasoline in the first week of March. The rise in prices reached 0.3% with general inflation of 0.2%. According to the department, the reasons for the rise in prices were the increased demand for fuel and frosts, TASS reports. The Ministry of Energy stressed that they are watching that the rise in fuel prices in the filling station market remains at a level close to inflation and that there is no shortage of it in any of the regions.

The cost of the first desalination station in Crimea

During a briefing on the results of a trip to Crimea, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Reshetnikov, Sergei Aksyonov said that only desalination would give a guaranteed result, RIA Novosti reported.

“A feasibility study is being prepared for the Yalta site, the approximate amount of funds is about three billion rubles, there are funding sources. In principle, work has already begun,” he said.

Domestic violence remains a very common problem in the world

On average around the world, about a third of women have their spouse / partner used violence at least once in their life.

The highest figures are in Oceania, primarily in Melanesia (a region that includes New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands) – where more than half of women (51%) said they have been subjected to violence at home at least once. In Southeast Asia, such 35%, in different regions of Africa from 30% to 33%.

The least likely to raise a hand against their wives is in Southern Europe: there, 16% of women faced domestic violence. Then there are Central Asia (18%) and Eastern Europe with East Asia (20% each)

In Russia, armored film for car headlights was banned

With the approval of the new inspection rules, it turned out that the protective film on the optics would not allow the inspection. Autonews experts report about it. Autonews notes that any film deteriorates light transmission and distorts light rays, which will immediately be shown on a special stand at the maintenance station. In addition, they reflect something in any case, and this is unacceptable. Especially now, when xenon and LED lamps with directional light beams are so common.

The head of the Amur region promised to provide eight remote villages with cellular communication

Governor of the Amur Region Vasily Orlov said that in the next two years, cellular communications, including access to the Internet, will be provided to eight remote villages, where almost 2.5 thousand people live, the regional government said.

Starlink Satellite Internet Testing Started in Germany and New Zealand

The expansion of Better Than Nothing Beta Program to Germany and New Zealand follows the latest launch of 60 Starlink satellites. This is the second Starlink mission launched by SpaceX this month and the sixth this year. It is expected that two more launches will take place by the end of March with the launch of another 120 new satellites: Starlink-21 and Starlink-22.

Today Starlink is the world’s most advanced constellation of satellite Internet in low Earth orbit, providing worldwide connectivity. More than 1,000 Starlink satellites are currently in orbit around the Earth. Starlink beta customers purchase a kit that includes a phased array dish antenna and a Wi-Fi router to wirelessly connect to satellite internet. In the US, a starter kit costs $ 500 with a monthly subscription fee of $ 100.

Protest rally against the fence around the Capitol was held in Washington

Residents of Washington protested demanding the dismantling of the barbed wire fence around the Capitol in downtown Washington, The Hill reported. As the newspaper notes, the action was unusual. The goal of the organizers, in particular, was to show that the fence disrupts the usual way of life of Washingtonians.

“Bring your dogs, your kids, your bicycles, a picnic blanket, snacks, painting crayons, bubbles, balls, and whatever else you want to show off to demonstrate how you are using that part of our city that is currently blocked a fence with barbed wire, “- announced the organizers of the action before its holding. “The four miles (about 6.5 km) barbed wire fence around the Capitol complex has blocked our access to open spaces and important roads through the city. These are the places where we walk, relax, walk our dogs, enjoy flowers, go to work and communicate with friends, ”they added. The publication did not specify how many people took part in the action, reports TASS.

GAZ employees collectively complained about protesters in support of Navalny

The lawyers who were contacted by the detainees at the rallies in support of Navalny on January 31 found more than 10 administrative cases with similar testimonies. All of them were allegedly compiled from the words of the employees of the Gorky Automobile Plant. As an anonymous source at GAZ told NN.RU, the employees of the enterprise were promised to pay a cash “bonus” for this.

China’s Ant Group CEO resigns

The CEO of Ant Group, which provoked the war between China and Jack Ma, has resigned. Simon Hu will be replaced by Chairman Eric Jing, Reuters reports. Hu’s resignation is attributed to personal reasons, other details are not provided. He joined the company in 2018, and before that he worked at Alibaba Group Holding.

Found a way to overcome the speed of light in space flights

Astrophysicist Erik Lenz, a scientist from the University of Göttingen in Germany, published in the scientific journal Classical & Quantum Gravity the theoretical formula of the invented warp drive based on the yet unexplored space-time curvature configurations. Moreover, in his calculations, he used only the well-known laws of physics.

 

The mathematician managed to solve the problem of finding the shortest path

A mathematician from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and two of his colleagues succeeded in developing an algorithm capable of detecting the shortest path between two points. We are talking about the problem of finding the optimal path between two points in any situation – scientists have been struggling to solve it for 40 years.

Samsung clarifies new update policy for smartphones and tablets

Until recently, Samsung divided devices into three categories according to the frequency of updates – “monthly”, “quarterly” and “with a different frequency.” The first category includes the newest and most current smartphones and tablets, over time they move to the second, and the last category includes old devices that are no longer updated frequently or regularly. Now it has been renamed Twice a Year.

North Korea ignored attempts by Biden administration to establish contact

Since mid-February, the Biden administration has been trying to establish contacts with the North Korean authorities through various diplomatic channels. Pyongyang is ignoring these attempts, a White House source told Reuters.

Real cash incomes of the population of Russia in 2020

According to official data from Rosstat, real money incomes of the population (income adjusted for inflation) decreased by 3% in 2020 compared to 2019.

The leaders in the fall: Sverdlovsk Region (-8.1%), Tambov Region (-6.1%) and Stavropol Territory (-5.8%). Real incomes also fell by 5+ percent in the Perm Territory, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl and Lipetsk regions, Bashkortostan and North Ossetia.

In the capitals the situation is also not very good: in Moscow -1%, in the Moscow region -4%, in St. Petersburg real incomes have not changed, and in the Leningrad region a symbolic plus of 0.2%.

Where did the income go up? In Chukotka! Plus 5.5%. The growth figures are slightly lower in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (+ 4.9%), Kalmykia (+ 4.4%, but there is definitely a low base effect). Real incomes increased 2.8% in Altai, 2.5% in Tuva, and in 9 other regions the growth was less than 1%. In the rest – the fall