21 Dec, 2018

Tax cuts for individuals

Chinese authorities are preparing new tax deduction rules aimed at reducing the tax burden on individuals. According to The Paper, the new measures will be presented at the end of December, and will come into force already on January 1, 2019, Vesti.Economy reports.

As follows from the draft rules, citizens of the People’s Republic of China will be able to use six new special deductions – on children’s education, advanced training, basic medical care, interest on housing loans, rental housing and care for the elderly. And this is in addition to the personal income tax benefit in the amount of 5 thousand yuan.

In addition, citizens of the country will be entitled, at one time, to receive a deduction of 12,000 yuan a year if they pay a loan for their first housing.

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POLITICS

The United States has expanded the sanctions lists against Russia

The United States has expanded the sanctions lists against Russia. 18 individuals and four mass media fell under restrictive measures. Of the eighteen Russians mentioned in the sanctions list under the CAATSA law, 15 were named by the GRU officers.

Germany demands from the Russian Federation to return the cultural values of the USSR

Berlin does not lose hope to return to Germany the cultural values that were moved to Russia after the Second World War. This question is still open. This was stated in the German embassy in Moscow.

The US Senate is forced to adopt a temporary budget.

The US Senate adopted a temporary budget until February 8, 2019, according to the results of the vote. Now the bill will consider the House of Representatives

Peskov said that Putin has no smartphone

Russian President Vladimir Putin does not use a mobile phone, said his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel. “As far as I know, he has no phone,” he noted. Peskov compared the presence of a smartphone with voluntary exhibitionism.

You obviously, picking up a smartphone, think that you put a tick: I am ready to flaunt everything … The president should not have this. Especially a country like Russia, and a president like Putin. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman

Japan removed the “secret” stamp from the negotiations with the United States on the Kuril Islands

Grandfather of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – Nobusuke Kishi, who served as prime minister in 1960, was preparing to discuss with the US President Dwight Eisenhower the possibility of obtaining only two islands from the USSR, rather than the four islands of the southern Kuriles

Peskov announced an information war on several fronts.

According to the Kremlin’s press secretary, there is an information war in the world. It concerns not only Russia, but also, for example, confrontation between the press and the president in the United States, said Dmitry Peskov in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel.

When the media spread a lie and it is not a random lie, it is a malicious lie. Especially often it occurs in relation to our country. When the media is used to attempt to demonize our country. Is this not a war? This is a war. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman

Prosecutors accuse Brazilian president of corruption

Brazilian Attorney General Raquel Dodge has filed charges against President Michel Temer as part of a corruption investigation. According to the channel Globo, we are talking about suspicions of money laundering in the port sector of the country.

Ukraine threatened to deprive of visa-free

The European Commission threatened Ukraine with a freezing of the visa-free regime due to numerous violations of Kiev’s commitments. This writes the publication Strana.ua with reference to the relevant document of Brussels. It is noted that the authorities must fulfill seven conditions.

Among them – reducing the number of illegal migrants with Ukrainian citizenship, ensuring the independence of anti-corruption organizations, increasing the effectiveness of the police and special services in the fight against organized crime, as well as the creation of a working system for declaring property of officials.

Albania expelled two Iranian diplomats

The Albanian authorities announced the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and another of the diplomats from the country, accusing them of trying to “undermine the national security” of Albania. This decision was greeted by US National Security Advisor John Bolton.

The EU began to prepare for the Brexit without an agreement

The European Commission is thoroughly preparing for the Brexit option without an agreement with the UK and is starting to implement a special action plan for the “no transaction” scenario.

RT found guilty of violating UK broadcasting rules

The Russian TV channel RT was found guilty of violating the UK broadcasting rules. On this on Thursday, December 20, reports RIA Novosti. The British media regulator Ofcom found that the channel did not retain “proper impartiality” in seven news programs.

Switzerland froze Yanukovych’s assets

It is noted that the purpose of this decision is to support judicial cooperation between Switzerland and Ukraine.

“On December 19, the Federal Council decided to extend for one year the preventive freezing of assets of the runaway president Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage,” the report said.

Polish President decided to recall the ambassador from Ukraine

Polish President Andrzej Duda decided to dismiss the Polish ambassador to Ukraine, Jan Peclo, who will be recalled on January 31, 2019. This is stated in a resolution published by the Polish Monitor government portal.

Kudrin will not participate in the Davos forum

Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin does not plan to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos (WEF) due to heavy workload.

Four Catalan politicians stop hunger in prison

Earlier, the five former heads of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the four former speakers of the Catalan Parliament wrote a letter urging politicians to stop the hunger strike and “save the right to life and health.” In addition, the current head of the generality, Kim Torr, made a similar appeal the day before.

ARMY and WEAPONS

Donald Trump ordered the complete withdrawal of American troops from Syria

The United States on the orders of President Trump began to withdraw its troops from Syria, said the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. She noted that this decision means a transition to a new campaign phase.

We won the Islamic State in Syria, which during my presidency was the only reason we are there.

Turkey offered the United States to study the Russian S-400

The Turkish authorities offered the American side to explore the S-400 complexes after purchasing them from Russia. It is reported by Bloomberg, citing sources.

It is noted that at this step Ankara was ready to go to resolve the conflict situation that arose in relations with Washington in connection with the decision to acquire Russian S-400 complexes.

Turchinov “explained” why martial law was imposed on the 5th year of the war

Turchinov, in an interview, announced that martial law was introduced in the fifth year of the war, as “Russia confirmed the act of aggression in the Black Sea,” and also “confirmed the identification marks.” Turchinov: According to Ukrainian law, in the case of military aggression martial law is introduced

Started operational collection of the leaders of the Land Forces of Russia

The operational gathering of the command personnel of the Ground Forces (SV) of Russia began in Moscow. This was announced by the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The operational gathering is conducted under the direction of Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of the RF

Canadian Air Force complained about interfering Chinese military aircraft

Canadian reconnaissance aircraft CP-140 Aurora patrolled the waters off the Korean Peninsula, monitoring the implementation of UN Security Council sanctions against the DPRK. According to the general, the aircraft of the Chinese Air Force “acted unacceptably in international airspace.”

A full-fledged scientific company appeared in the Airborne Forces

Today, twenty best young scientists and graduated engineers were selected for completing the Airborne Forces (Airborne Forces) to continue their service in a special unit, the Airborne Forces Scientific-Production Company

Ukraine fired on the west of Donetsk from mortars

In the evening, December 19, Ukrainian armed forces launched a massive mortar attack on the village of Staromikhailovka in the west of the capital, Donetsk. This was reported in the representation of the Republic in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime.

Russian army received new Kalashnikovs

The Kalashnikov Concern began supplying AK-12 assault rifles for its first customer, the Russian Defense Ministry, as part of the State Defense Order-2019. This is reported on the website of the concern. “The concern shipped the first batch of AK-12 in the amount of 2500 units,” the message says.

France said it did not intend to withdraw troops from Syria

Earlier, US President Donald Trump announced his victory in Syria and plans to withdraw the American contingent from the territory of the country.

A patrol ship and a tug arrived at the Black Sea Fleet

The Black Sea Fleet was joined by the Vasily Bykov patrol ship and the Captain Guriev rescue tug. The ceremony of raising the flags of St. Andrew and inclusion in the fleet took place today in Novorossiysk.

T-80BVM tanks will receive uranium shells

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the upgraded T-80BBM tanks would be able to use shells with a core of depleted uranium on armored targets. According to the TV channel “Star”, we are talking about the finalization of the loading system for ammunition 3BM59 “Lead-1” and 3BM60 “Lead-2”

The first flight of the upgraded Tu-22M3M will take place before the end of the year.

The first test flight of the upgraded Tu-22M3M long-range missile carrier bomber will take place at the end of December. This was announced on Thursday by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia Alexei Krivoruchko during a visit to the Kazn Aviation Plant. S. P. Gorbunova.

The plane is almost ready to fly. By the end of the year, the first flight will be made. We are pleased with the result. – Alexey Krivoruchko, Russian judge

North Korea demanded that the US eliminate the nuclear threat in the south of the peninsula

North Korea is committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and calls on the United States to eliminate the nuclear threat to the republic

The ships of the Pacific Fleet entered the port of Sri Lanka

The ships of the Pacific Fleet, in accordance with the long-range voyage plan, made a business call at the port of Sri Lanka Colombo. Russian ships will be there until December 24, the information department of the press service of the VBO for the Pacific Fleet said.

China conducted the first tests of a new ballistic missile

In China, conducted the first tests of a ballistic missile submarines (SLBM) Julong-3 (JL-3). It is the equivalent of the American Trident II D-5 and the Russian R-30 Bulava-30. According to The Washington Free Beacon, flight test JL-3 took place somewhere in late November

Ukraine sells the Turkish army KAZ “Barrier”

Kiev concluded an agreement with Ankara on the supply of the Turkish army to KAZ Zaslon, however, data on its implementation have not yet been reported, reports Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

KAZ “Zaslon-L” was created on the basis of the Soviet developments of the seventies-eighties and looks like the “Rain” complex. At the same time, Ukrainian developers claim that they “taught” their offspring to intercept rocket grenades, anti-tank missiles, and even armor-piercing sabots

MiG-29 dropped fuel tanks on takeoff in Yeisk

Russian military aircraft dropped outboard fuel tanks during takeoff from an airfield in Yeisk. The local administration of RBC reported that no one was injured in the accident.

SOCIETY

In Latvia, opened access to the archives of the KGB of the USSR

The National Archives of Latvia has opened access to a part of the KGB filing cabinet, Delfi reports. Cards – all of them to 10 612 pieces – are made public in alphabetical order on the archive’s website at kgb.arhivi.lv, as well as on www.arhivi.gov.lv. Most of them are in Russian, the text is written by hand.

The average salary of teachers in Moscow amounted to 108 thousand rubles

For 11 months, the Moscow authorities raised the average monthly salary of teachers to 107.6 thousand rubles. This was announced at a press conference on December 20 by the head of the Moscow Department of Education and Science, Isaac Kalina.

Half of Russians will save on New Year’s gifts

“The average amount that Russians expect to spend on presents has decreased markedly,” says the study, quoted by RIA Novosti. Three years ago, the average budget for gifts was 6,550 rubles, and this year 5,500 rubles

Supreme Court Introduces Criminal Offense Bill

The Supreme Court of Russia submitted a bill to the State Duma, which introduces the concept of “criminal misconduct” into Russian law.

The draft law proposes to highlight acts for which the Criminal Code of Russia does not provide for punishment in the form of imprisonment. These actions are proposed to recognize criminal misconduct.

Russian citizens are less likely to visit the UK

Following the results of three quarters of 2018, the flow of Russian tourists to the UK decreased by 11%, said the head of Rostourism, Oleg Safronov, in an interview with Izvestia. Safronov attributes the decline in tourist traffic to anti-Russian propaganda in the UK after the incident in Salisbury.

Ministry of Health reported a record low infant mortality in Russia

“According to the data for 10 months of 2018, infant mortality in Russia has reached a historic minimum of 5.0 per 1000 births,” the official website of the Ministry of Health said. They added that at the same time, “the dynamics in various regions throughout the history had a different character.”

Golikova said that polyclinics get up at medical examination

When the clinical examination of the population polyclinics are engaged in registration. This was told on Wednesday by the “social” Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova to journalists. According to TASS, she clarified: doctors write in the reports that more people passed the clinical examination than there were in reality.

In St. Isaac’s Cathedral explained the rules of visiting the temple-museum

A visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral during church services is possible for representatives of all denominations and beliefs, Yuri Mudrov, director of the State Monument Museum told Interfax.

Today, anyone who comes to St. Isaac’s Cathedral can visit the left chapel of St. Alexander Nevsky – the Chinese, the Jews, the Muslims, anyone. The divine morning liturgy is held there before the opening of the museum, anyone can attend the services – only to observe decency. After all, when we go to the mosque, we take off our shoes. If all decency is observed, one can enter the chapel during the service, the agency’s director of the museum quotes.

In the State Duma proposed to ban the sale of fast food minors

State Duma deputy from United Russia, Vitaly Milonov, suggested banning the sale of fast food to minors in Russia. This deputy told the Agency of urban news “Moscow”.

The head of the bakery “Cherkizovo” arrested in the case of non-payment of wages

The head of the Cherkizovo bakery in Moscow, Yan Solovyov, was detained in a criminal case on non-payment of wages to employees of the enterprise. This RIA Novosti reported in the press service of the Transfiguration Court of the capital. He will remain in custody for 72 hours

Putin announced the growth of real incomes of Russians

Growth in real incomes of Russians for the ten months of this year was 0.5%, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 14th big press conference on December 20. The head of state expressed the hope that this trend will continue in the future.

After a long break, a slight, but still positive trend of growth in real disposable incomes of the population has been recorded. Somewhere, according to the latest data, it will be 0.5%. I hope that this trend will continue as the real wage increases. – Vladimir Putin

Real incomes of the population fell by almost 3% in November

Incomes of Russians began to fall again. In November, they decreased by 2.9% compared to the same period last year. For 11 months, the growth was symbolic 0.4%. The situation will be a little corrected by December – the authorities have already announced that they will pay in advance the indexed pensions for January.

Rostec is developing a blinding device “Filin”

The association “Roselectronica” (part of Rostec) will develop a device for creating visual-optical interference of the “Filin” type, intended for use by security forces during special and counter-terrorist operations, the press service of the state corporation informs.

Christmas spending federal government agencies and corporations

The manager of the president pledged 35.9 million rubles for holiday purchases. These include the cost of a New Year’s reception at the Bolshoi Theater, gifts with dishes, souvenirs and a gala concert. The Ministry of Defense will spend on gifts and corporate parties 27 million rubles.

The expenses of the Prosecutor General’s Office will amount to 25 million rubles, the Rosguards – 20.5 million rubles, the Ministry of Transport – 13.3 million rubles, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – 12.1 million rubles. New Year’s State Duma will cost 1.4 million rubles, and the Federation Council – 1.2 million rubles.

Journalist of the year according to CNN admitted to falsifying facts for articles

When checking, it turned out that an employee of Der Spiegel was inventing entire passages of texts. In 2011, about 60 articles of Relocius were published in a German magazine. At least 14 of them were with distorted facts and fictional parts, the reporter admitted.

ECONOMY

The most suitable for doing business in the country

Forbes experts once again recognized the UK as the most suitable country for doing business, and the updated The Best Countries For Business rating has been published on the magazine’s website.

The second place in the updated ranking was taken by Sweden. Hong Kong rose to third place, a year earlier, occupying only sixth place.

The top ten countries for doing business are Canada, Denmark, Singapore, Australia and Switzerland. Worst of all businessmen, judging by the Forbes rating, are in the Central African Republic, Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, and Chad.

Russia in the updated ranking took 55th place, which is three positions higher than a year earlier. At the same time, the United States dropped to five positions, from 12th to 17th place

Promsvyazbank prepared to disconnect from international payment systems

Peter Fradkov, Chairman of the Board of Promsvyazbank (PSB), said that the bank reduced to a minimum the security deposits of the VISA and Mastercard payment systems. The reason for this was the possible introduction of economic sanctions against Russia

Japan may withdraw from the International Whaling Commission

Japan is preparing to leave the International Whaling Commission and may begin commercial fishing in its coastal waters, the agency Kyodo reported, citing sources.

US Federal Reserve Raises Base Rate

The Federal Reserve System (FRS) of the United States, which serves as the country’s central bank, increased the base interest rate by 25 basis points, to 2.25–2.5%, following a meeting on December 18–19. On December 19, TASS reports, citing a statement by the financial regulator.

Rusal shares jumped 25% after the announcement of the imminent lifting of sanctions

Immediately after the opening, the value of one share of the aluminum giant rose to 2.84 Hong Kong dollars (23.99 rubles). On the eve of the closing shares of the company were worth 2.24 Hong Kong dollars. Later, the stock price was adjusted, but Rusal shares remained “in the black” by 16-17% of the closing level of trading.

Oil fell after the Fed decided to raise rates

Quotations of reference grades of oil in trading on Thursday declined after yesterday’s decision by the US Federal Reserve to raise the discount rate by 25 basis points to 2.25-2.50% per annum. Quotes of oil Brent and WTI remain at the lows of more than a year ago.

Central Bank wants to allow pension funds to IPO

The Central Bank decided to clarify for non-state pension funds (NPF) the rules for investing citizens’ savings in shares of Russian companies during the initial public offering. This is stated in a draft regulator’s instruction published on Wednesday for discussion.

Tax officers increased transfers to the budget of the Russian Federation by 24%

In January-November, the Federal Tax Service (FTS) transferred 19.3 trillion rubles to the consolidated budget of Russia. This is 24 percent, or 3.7 trillion rubles, more than the same period in 2017, said the head of the Federal Tax Service Mikhail Mishustin, summing up the preliminary results of the year.

State-owned companies will be obliged to transfer vehicles for gas

Who will switch to gas? Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak instructed the core departments to prepare directives obliging state-owned companies in which Russia owns more than 50% of the shares, gradually purchase cars and other equipment using gas fuel, and retrofit their fleets under it.

Airlines have asked Putin to speed up the payment of compensation for kerosene

The Association of Air Transport Operators (AETT), which unites 27 Russian airlines, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to speed up the provision of state support in connection with the rise in fuel prices.

Annual inflation exceeded the target of the Central Bank in 4%

Last week, Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin admitted that inflation in 2018 would exceed the official forecast of the Ministry of Economic Development by 3.4%.

National Bank of Ukraine will increase gold reserves

It is noted that Ukraine will be able to increase international reserves by $ 20 billion by the end of 2018, as well as maintain them at the proper level next year. Such indicators exceed the latest forecast of the National Bank.

Earned 400 million and lost 3.3 billion

In the ten months of this year, almost 67% of the credit organizations of the Republic of Bashkortostan received over 400 million rubles. The remaining 33% lost about 3.3 billion.

The National Bank of Belarus has kept the refinancing rate at 10%

The National Bank of Belarus has kept the refinancing rate at 10 percent and expects that by the end of this year inflation will not exceed 5.5 percent with a target forecast of 6.0 percent, the regulator said.

Bank of Lithuania lowers GDP growth forecast

The Bank of Lithuania (the central bank) lowered its forecast for GDP growth in 2018 from 3.4% to 3.2%, the bank said.

Sberbank launched instant contactless payment from a smartphone

Sberbank launched a project in Rostov-on-Don, Stavropol, Krasnodar and Sochi on the use of a new application for instant contactless payment from a Pay-QR smartphone, the press service of the bank reported.

The Bank of England retained the base rate of 0.75%

The Bank of England left its benchmark interest rate at 0.75%. This is stated in a message posted on the website of the British regulator on Thursday.

Alisher Usmanov became the businessman of the year according to the Russian version of Forbes

Alisher Usmanov was selected by businessman of the year according to the Russian version of Forbes, the publication said on Thursday. The businessman is a co-owner of the USM holding, which controls the manufacturer of iron ore products Metalloinvest and the cellular operator Megafon.

Crimea asked for an additional 200 billion

The authorities of the Crimea and Sevastopol asked to allocate an additional 200 billion rubles from the federal budget as part of the federal target program (FTP) for the development of the regions until 2022, said Deputy Minister of Economic Development Sergey Nazarov, quoted by Interfax.

TRANSPORT

Traffic police will consider the possibility of checking the knowledge of traffic rules when replacing rights

The idea was expressed during the fourth annual congress of driving schools, which was attended by the traffic police leadership. Director of the Yaroslavl driving school “Yarfina” Sergey Kalmykov proposed to conduct a test of knowledge of traffic rules when replacing a driver’s license, which occurs every ten years.

Traffic police change the rules for admitting citizens behind the wheel: it is planned to switch to electronic medical certificates, toughen the issuance of bus rights, and also introduce a duty for foreigners who have received a residence permit in Russia, study in driving schools and take exams

Noise markings will appear on Russian roads

In 2019, noise marking will appear on the dividing lanes of the federal highways, told Izvestia in Rosavtodor. It is assumed that the measure will keep drivers from going to the oncoming lane due to the shaking of the car in the modernized areas

Taxi cars without a special policy OSAGO will not be able to work in Moscow

Taxi cars without a special CTP policy will not be able to go on line in Moscow. This was announced on Wednesday, Deputy Head of the Moscow Department of Transport Dmitry Pronin during a round table with representatives of aggregators and taxi companies

The administration of Uralsk commented on the strike of drivers

As REGNUM news agency reported, on December 19, drivers and conductors of route 22 refused to go to work and demanded improvement in working conditions. Workers complained of permanent dismissal and harsh working conditions.

The new leadership of West Kazakhstan Bus Depot LLP in Uralsk is working to eradicate gross violations of passenger transportation rules, which causes discontent among drivers, said on December 19, press secretary of Uralsk mayor Arsen Gubashev, reports the news portal of West Kazakhstan “My City” .

The route Ekaterinburg – Tyumen will be closed for five nights

The traffic at the 15th kilometer of the Yekaterinburg-Tyumen highway will be completely blocked due to the installation work. In “Uralouvratodor” reported that travel in the direction of Yekaterinburg will be closed at night from December 21 to 25 from 1:00 to 5:00. Temporary opening of the movement is provided from 02:30 to 03:30.

At the site of work every night will be on duty by a traffic controller who will send all the cars around. It is organized through EKAD. Motorists are asked to comply with the speed limit and rules of the road. You can find out about the condition of the passage and report an emergency situation by the number of the dispatching service 8-800-200-63-06.

In Japan, for pilots introduce mandatory tests for alcohol

The Japanese government has prepared a draft resolution, which for the first time in the country’s history will introduce tests for alcohol for civil aviation pilots. They are supposed to be subsequently extended to other members of the flight crew, the Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.

In Moscow, proposed to double the penalty for underpayment of parking

The Moscow City Duma made a draft amendment to the Code of Administrative Offenses, according to which the penalty for non-payment of parking should be set at 5,000 rubles. The project is posted on the website of the capital’s parliament. Recall now the fine is 2500 rubles.

Items to eliminate the consequences of an accident appeared on the Moscow Ring Road

Special points for eliminating the consequences of road accidents appeared on the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD).

Christmas bazaars in Chelyabinsk provoke accidents on the roads

Trees and pines piled high in the mountains near the roads close the view to pedestrians and drivers. This was written by a woman in the group “Typical Chelyabinsk” in VK. Prior to that, she turned to the traffic police, but there she was not taken seriously.

I think this is not the only thing that worries me. At the crossroads, Christmas-tree markets close visibility both for drivers and for pedestrians! While the trouble does not happen, they will stand like this, ”the Chelyabinsk told the group anonymously.

Many townspeople supported the woman: both pedestrians and drivers

Perm-Yerevan flights will be organized from April 2019

According to RBC Perm in the Ministry of Transport of the Perm Territory, in 2019 it is planned to continue to subsidize air flights to Novosibirsk, Krasnodar, Kazan, Samara, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Surgut (subject to the regular flight to Kogalym).

Wafer marking in 2018 appeared at 98 crossroads of Moscow

Wafer marking, which began to be applied to metropolitan crossroads in 2015, appeared at 98 road forks in Moscow in 2018. This was announced on Thursday by the head of the Moscow Center for the Organization of Road Traffic (CTO) Vadim Yuryev.

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGIES

Robot cockroach learned to crawl on the ceiling and walls

Engineers are no longer just a robot dog or a fish robot. Much more interesting to the development of a robot cockroach. His prototype appeared in 2013, however, that robot was able to quite a bit

Paleontologists have found the remains of a horned dinosaur unknown to science

Specialists of the American Museum of Natural History and Science announced the discovery – they discovered the remains of an ancient dinosaur, which had never been seen in nature before.

Tests began maneuverability convertible V-280

The developers of the promising American convertiplane of the new generation V-280 Valor have begun to test the vehicle for maneuverability. About this, as reported Flightglobal, said executive vice president of US military helicopters Bell Helicopter Vince Tobin.

To create a new memory, scientists have heated xenon atoms

Swiss scientists have proposed and experimentally verified the method of controlled phase transition of xenon atoms from solid to liquid in the pores of the organometallic supramolecular structure.

Scientists have revealed a reduction in littoral area around the world

A group of researchers for the first time conducted a global analysis of the distribution of coastal zones of drying. In the course of a comprehensive study of more than 700 thousand multi-time shots, scientists found a 16 percent reduction in the area of coastal zones from 1984 to 2016.

Scientists have figured out why male mice attack cubs.

It turned out that infanticide in mice, like many other animals, is associated with genetics. With regard specifically to mice, the aggressiveness of males is due to the fact that they perceive the offspring enzymes not separately, but in conjunction with the parent.

Found the oldest flower on earth

Fully research is presented in the journal eLife, and briefly describes the portal Phys.org. Until now, it was believed that the history of angiosperm flowering plants is not more than 130 million years. However, a group of scientists from the Institute of Geology and Paleontology in Nanjing found a more ancient flower

Invented genetic mutation visualization method

American researchers have shown on the example of yeast cells, how the variation in the number of copies of genes appears. The work of scientists published in the journal PLoS Biology. Researcher David Gresham noted that the course of evolution and many diseases appear due to DNA mutation

The harmful effects of marijuana on adolescent brains associated with mutation

The memory of DISC1-negative mice turned out to be much worse, and this effect was more pronounced in males, which is quite unexpected, because people have a negative effect of marijuana abuse in adolescence more often among women.

Exercise improved cognitive function in old age

Researchers at Duke University (USA) conducted an experiment with older people and showed that exercise for six months can improve cognitive abilities in people without dementia. The work was published in the journal Neurology.

Cats and dogs protect people from allergies

Swedish scientists from the University of Gothenburg, after conducting observations, announced the ability of cats and dogs to protect people from allergies. In early childhood, a person needs to spend time with animals more often.

Male turtles will turn into females due to global warming.

Global warming threatens the entire population of green turtles, scientists say: by the end of this century, up to 93 percent of the young will be females. The sex of the offspring of green turtles is determined by the incubation temperature of the eggs. In the current scenario, about 52 percent of the young are female.

In Russia, launched a furnace for processing hazardous garbage

A device for processing technogenic heavy waste is unique and has already been launched in the Russian Federation. Scientists emphasize that in this furnace even waste that contains carbon, iron, slag, sludge and many other highly hazardous waste can be destroyed.

A method of encryption using live cells is proposed.

The practical implementation of the concept today has been reduced to the use of a droplet containing approximately 2,000 T-thympocytes. These human blood cells have the ability to move independently, and since no computer controls it, its results are completely random.

Artificial intelligence has learned to “see” just as man

Engineers seek to create such computer systems that would not have this flaw, just as people are able to recognize a dog, even if it hid behind a chair, because of which only paws and tail are visible.

SPACE

InSight probe installed a seismometer on the surface of Mars

The InSight landing module installed a seismometer on the surface of Mars and obtained preliminary data on the structure of its core. In the coming days, mankind will hear the first sounds of marshal shocks, reports NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The largest gamma telescope complex will appear in Chile

It is assumed that 99 gamma telescopes will be installed in the Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile – they will function in conjunction with the 19 telescopes that will appear on the Spanish island of Palma.

Astrochemists found evidence of extraterrestrial life

Scientists at the United States Aerospace Agency (NASA) reconstructed the conditions of outer space in the laboratory and successfully synthesized deoxyribose, a monosaccharide that scientists call the DNA skeleton of all living beings on Earth.

NASA will help businessman from the Russian Federation to study the satellite of Saturn

Breakthrough Starshot Foundation, a Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner Foundation, has entered into an agreement with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In the United States postponed the launch of the Delta IV launch vehicle with a secret satellite

The launch of the heavy launch vehicle Delta IV Heavy with a secret satellite of the National Directorate of Military Space Intelligence of the United States was postponed for a day, reports TASS with reference to the United States company United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Astronomers have found a planet with sapphires and rubies

The super-earth planets formed too close to their star may contain an aluminum-calcium core and bark covered with precious stones.

Belgorod scientists will help in the development of food for astronauts

Mikhail Lebedev, Chairman of the Yakut Scientific Center of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that today scientists are looking for approaches to ensuring a normal life for people in conditions of more than a few months, and even longer stays in space.

Artificial intelligence has made a new map of the United States.

Total DeepSolar counted about 1.47 million solar panels in the United States. Not surprisingly, it turned out that the highest concentration of solar panels is observed in the south-west of the country, particularly in California. Using the data obtained by the system, a map of US solar panels was compiled, which – in an interactive way – is available on the project page

The expert appreciated the plans of the state to fix the offense from space

Igor Afanasyev, an expert and editor of the magazine “News of Cosmonautics”, told about the plans of the state to fix violations from space. According to him, so far there is no information on the areas in which the technology will be applied.

“Currently, images have a resolution of one meter or less. In the photo you can see a person or a car, but smaller objects do not even fall on them. In the future, technologies can be improved, but it is not yet possible to talk about the industries in which they will be used, ”quotes the expert.

Venus should have living organisms

In addition to Mars, Venus is located next to Earth. Between the first launch of the lunar rover on Venus (the Soviet Sputnik 4 in 1967) and the last (the Japanese Akatsuki in 2015) there were quite a lot of research missions, but the secrets of the planet were revealed to us only now.

Scientists: The sun is waking up

Scientists of the Laboratory of X-ray Astronomy of the Sun FIAN predicted that after passing through the “bottom” of the solar cycle, our luminary will begin to change, which will lead to a new outbreak cycle in the second half of 2019.

Black holes can be “windows into the future”, say physicists

Matter falling on the horizon of a black hole’s event may not disappear without a trace inside the singularity, but be transported to the distant future of the Universe, scientists say in an article published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

Chile to build the largest array of Cherenkov telescopes

As part of the project, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (“The array of Cherenkov telescopes”) will build an array of 99 gamma telescopes based on Cherenkov detectors with a radius of 10 km in the Chilean Atacama desert.

Solar system asteroids are saturated with water

Japanese astronomers found out that the asteroids in the solar system are saturated with water. The results of the experiment were published in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan. Scientists with the help of the satellite AKARI found water in the form of hydrated minerals.

Russian Foundation and NASA will send a new probe to Enceladus

NASA and the Russian Breakthrough Starshot Foundation began the development of a joint project to study the satellite of Saturn – Enceladus. Engineers want to launch a probe to a cold satellite to search for a possible life.

GADGETS and INTERNET

Apple considers it normal to sell curved iPad Pro

Apple considers the 2018 iPad Pro’s small bending to be the norm. This was reported resource The Verge, with reference to the statement of the manufacturer

Nokia 9 PureView with five cameras received a certificate

It is known that the smartphone will receive a Bluetooth 5.0 module. Nokia 9 PureView is likely to feature a 5.9-inch OLED display with QHD + resolution, a Snapdragon 845 single-chip system or a Snapdragon 855, 8 GB of RAM and a 4150 mAh battery.

Razer Turret for Xbox One: $ 250 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

A page appeared on the official Razer website that lifts the veil of secrecy over the features of the gaming kit for the Xbox One console. It consists of a keyboard and mouse, the development is commissioned by Microsoft, and will show a novelty at the exhibition of consumer electronics CES 2019.

Experts: hackers can intercept SMS in 9 out of 10 cases

The company noted that attackers can buy in the “underground” Internet subscription to receive and fake someone else’s SMS-messages in real time for $ 20 a month. Also, hackers trade in bank card data

App donations will appear in the App Store

In the near future, the App Store app store will be updated with a new feature. Users will be able to give friends and family favorite applications. App Store management has undergone a change due to innovation.

WhatsApp simplified group calls for iPhone users

WhatsApp has made it easier for group calls for the iPhone. The new version of the program will be available soon at all sites. WhatsApp messenger is very popular among iPhone and Android smartphone users.

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL do not perform the basic function of a smartphone

The point is that some smartphones cannot perform their basic tasks, namely, they do not allow to use themselves as a mobile phone, that is, at least just make calls

The Cougar Minos XT mouse features multi-color backlighting.

Cougar showed a Minos XT gaming mouse with multicolor backlighting. New received six programmable buttons. The main switches are designed for 20 million operations

SK Hynix Inc. will update the model range of RAM

December 19, the South Korean semiconductor memory company SK Hynix Inc. expanded the lineup, presenting a line of RAM “M16”, according to TV Chosun.

The most powerful graphics card in the world appeared in Russia

In the Russian section of the site Nvidia, information appeared about the fastest ever created video card for personal computers – TITAN RTX. It is based on the Turing GPU architecture and the latest graphic platform RTX.

Honor prepares a smart speaker with voice assistant Yoyo

As it became known, on December 26 at the event, at which they should fully announce the Honor View 20 smartphone, the Huawei brand will also present its first smart column based on its own voice assistant Yoyo.

Sharp returns to the market of computers and laptops

After purchasing a Toshiba unit, Sharp developers are returning to the computers and laptops market. New devices will be shown at CES 2019.

Perfectly Keyless “Key” to Prevent Car Theft

Bosch believes that the new system has a huge market potential, because the keys on the basis of smartphones can be used in many cars around the world – both private and corporate. In conventional “keyless” access systems, you need to have a car key with you.

Doogee S90 will get a camera for night shooting

Doogee is preparing to release the first secure modular smartphone Doogee S90, for which various modules will be available, in particular, a gamepad, a walkie-talkie, an extra battery and a camera for night shooting.

Windows Sandbox will save your data

Downloading and running an unknown .exe file can be fraught with a large number of failures. Then you had to reinstall Windows. Now Microsoft introduces a new solution that brings it in line with the standard already found in other operating systems: Windows Sandbox.

Facebook recognized the provision of user data to other companies.

Recall earlier in the media reported that Facebook transmits personal data of users to companies with which it cooperates. As a result, some of the services gained access to the personal correspondence of clients, and search engines gave out the names of friends of social network users.

Google Gboard keyboard now supports over 500 languages

Google has announced that the Gboard’s on-screen keyboard has been updated, thanks to which Gboard now supports over 500 languages and their varieties.

Virtual operator Google Fi will soon appear in Europe

According to the source, the search giant has filed an application for registration of the Google Fi trademark in the European Union, which means that Google Fi may soon appear in Europe. It is still unknown when this will happen and whether Google Fi will cover the whole EU.

Twitter fixed user data leakage

Twitter has eliminated user data leakage. The defect found in the social network allowed attackers to locate users. Twitter said that they coped with this problem.

ESET begins to cooperate with the social network VKontakte

ESET begins to cooperate with the social network VKontakte. According to ESET, the social network launched the marketplace of software based on the VK Pay platform. Along with popular office software, the catalog will feature ESET antiviruses.

In WhatsApp on Android appeared the mode “picture in picture”

WhatsApp messenger has a new option that is available to users on Android. Now users can use the picture-in-picture mode. The function works in individual and group chats.

Google will allow non-logged-in users to edit documents in the G Suite

Users who receive an invitation will be able to view documents, comment on them, make edits, and edit documents in Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations. G Suite administrators will be able to track usage of documents through activity logs.

Cybercriminals use Google Cloud Storage in their newsletters.

New campaign to send malicious letters attacks banks and financial institutions. Among the features that distinguish it is the way in which malware is spread — via the Google Cloud Storage cloud storage. Malicious newsletters have been reported by researchers at Menlo Labs.

Xiaomi released a compact photo printer priced at $ 72

A set of 40 cards for printing is offered at a price of $ 8.5. The cost of one sheet is about 20 cents. Included with the printer already have such a set.

CINEMA

The first virtual reality cinema chain will appear in Russia

In early 2019, a network of virtual reality cinema will open in Russia. About this newspaper Vedomosti. The project is being developed by the operator of the program “Thank you from Sberbank” together with the VR-graphics studio Impulse Machine.

Macaulay Culkin repeated famous scenes from “Home Alone”

American actor Macaulay Culkin repeated famous scenes from the comedy “Home Alone”. This was done to advertise a voice assistant from Google, writes “Perm Open.” The video is published on the company’s YouTube channel.

The first trailer of the new film “Hellboy” appeared on the web

The movie will appear in cinemas from April 12, 2019. Trailer published the American film studio Lionsgate Movies on its YouTube channel

Anime series about the life of Karl Marx will be shown in China

Chinese streaming service Bilibili will release a cartoon about the life of Karl Marx in the style of anime. The animated series called The Leader will be timed to the 200th anniversary of the birth of the German philosopher and revolutionary, reports the South China Morning Post.

Ben Affleck starred in the action film “I’m Still Alive”

Ben Affleck will play the main male role in the film adaptation of Kate Alice Marshall’s novel “I’m Still Alive” (“I Am Still Alive”), which is called a mixture of “Wild” and “Survivor”. Lori Evans Taylor will write an adaptation script. The book is about teenage girl Jess.

In Novosibirsk, found a rare newsreel of the war years

The Museum of Documentary Cinema of Novosibirsk presented to the audience rare footage of chronicles taken in the early years of the Great Patriotic War. As the head of the museum Ella Davletshina told RG, the work of the capital’s factories evacuated with the start of the Great Patriotic War is reflected in them.

The creator of Venom praised kinokomiks with Tom Hardy

Although Venom is among the top five highest-grossing films of the year, it failed to impress the critics. However, one of the creators of Venom, Todd McFarlane, was pleased with what he saw and tried to explain why critics so disliked kinokomiks with Tom Hardy.

Trailer for the drama “Van Gogi” with Alexei Serebryakov released

The director and screenwriter of the film was the author of the cult “Assy” and producer of “Countries of the Deaf” Sergei Livnev. The film “Van Gogi” will be released in Russian hire in March 2019

The movie Uncharted once again lost the director

Sean Levy is far from being the first stage director who resigned from the post of director of the film adaptation of Uncharted – the film has already changed five directors, and the sixth has not yet been appointed. In this case, the main actor of the young Nathan Drake is still listed as Tom Holland (“Spiderman: Returning Home”).

Schoolchildren in Volgograd shoot a short film about young donors

According to the City News, in Volgograd, schoolchildren are shooting a short feature film about young donor volunteers who are ready to help at any moment. On the script tape “blood” left almost a year.

The actress from Vladikavkaz Nina Gogaeva played in the movie “Personal scores”

The premiere of the two-part film “Personal Accounts” took place on the TV channel “Russia 1”. The main role in it was played by the actress from Vladikavkaz, Nina Gogaeva. Melodrama tells of two sisters who met as an adult.

In the film Kurosawa “Rashomon” will remove the series

Studio Amblin Television bought the rights to restart the film classics Akira Kurosawa “Rasemon”, reports Deadline. Based on the samurai hit will remove the series of 10 episodes. In different series, the same event will be described from the point of view of each of the central characters, allowing the viewer to find out for himself what happened. The original “Rashomon” was released in 1950.

Released the first trailer for the new “Men in Black” with Chris Hemsworth

The channel Sony Pictures Entertainment released the first trailer for the film Men in Black: International, starring Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth. The tape will tell a new story of the secret organization that controls the activities of aliens on Earth.

Bezrukov will again become Godunov

Sergey Bezrukov in his instagram announced the release of the second season of the series “Godunov”.

“Continued! Second season! Already a king! It’s not long to wait, ”Bezrukov wrote, posting several shots from the set.

According to the actor, viewers will be able to see him in the form of the Russian Tsar Boris Godunov next year.

CULTURE

Exhibition about circus art opens in Moscow

The Darwin Museum, together with the Big Moscow Circus, will present the public the exhibition “Circus, Circus, Circus!”. On it you can see festival costumes from several shows of the Big Moscow Circus, the author of which is Nadezhda Russ, the main circus artist. The exposition also includes a costume by Natalia Durova, a curtain with a parrot of the illusionist dynasty of Kio, a saddle for a horse belonging to the Kantemirov dynasty and much more. In addition, the exhibition features paintings by artists, including Vadim Trofimov and Lia Khinshtein – the author of the watercolor “Yuri Nikulin with a Parrot”.

Granddaughter of Fyodor Shalyapin donated items from the family archive to the Moscow Museum

According to TASS, the most remarkable gift to the museum was an album in cardboard binding with photos of Chaliapin with his family, friends and acquaintances. The pictures were made in 1920. They capture a variety of scenes from the life of the singer: a concert at the Mariinsky Theater, touring in Buenos Aires, relaxing at home. Attached to the album is a letter from the legendary bass daughter Marina.

Mariinsky Theater will present famous ballets in Baden-Baden

The ballet company of the Mariinsky Theater goes on tour to Baden-Baden, Germany, with a program consisting of classical and modern choreography. According to TASS, the one-act ballet evening to the music of Sergei Prokofiev will open the tour. People’s Artist of Russia Valery Gergiev will be the conductor.

The school of Oleg Tabakov created the orchestra of drummers. Evstigneeva

This was announced by the artistic director of the school, Vladimir Mashkov, speaking at the anniversary of the artistic director of the Sovremennik Theater, Galina Volchek.

“Evgeny Alexandrovich Evstigneev, before becoming an actor, worked at the Krasnaya Etna factory as a mechanic and in his spare time played drums in a jazz orchestra and did it excellently. We believe that this skill is absolutely necessary for young actors. And in our Oleg School To Tabakov, we decided to create an orchestra of drummers, “said Mashkov.

New Banksy work appeared on the streets of the UK

A new image appeared on one of the garages in the British city of Port Talbot. Banksy himself confirmed his authorship by posting a video in his Instagram. He showed close-ups of the completed work under the soundtrack of the Little Snowflake song for children. Only his new creation is completely childish.

Competition Opera Singers Obraztsovoy announced the acceptance of applications

The international competition of young opera singers Elena Obraztsova, which will be held in St. Petersburg in September 2019, officially announced the start of receiving applications. Singers from 18 to 32 years old can take part in it.

The evening “Homecoming” was held at the Sovremennik Theater

The Moscow’s Sovremennik Theater marked the opening of the historic building on Chistye Prudy with the “Homecoming” holiday. The guests of the evening were Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, head of the Moscow Department of Culture Alexander Kibovsky, heads of other theaters, artists of Sovremennik and many others.

Order of Francis Skaryna presented to the Director of the Tretyakov Gallery

The order of Francis Skaryna – made of silver with gilding – was presented on December 20 at the diplomatic mission of Belarus in the Russian capital Zelfire Tregulova, the general director of the Tretyakov Gallery, founded more than 160 years ago.

Festival Alfa Future People-2019 announced dates for

The music festival of modern music and technology Alfa Future People announced dates for 2019 – it will be held August 16-18 in the Nizhny Novgorod region, the organizers of the event told the Poster

Competition for young photo reporters named after Stenin will open acceptance of applications

Call for applications will continue until February 28, 2019. The competition is the only platform in Russia that opens up new names in international photojournalism and forms the criteria for the quality of documentary photography.

Brian May will perform NASA’s New Years song

Queen guitarist Brian May announced plans to play the first single in 20 years from NASA’s Mission Control Center, reports NME. May will unveil a song on New Year’s Eve, when the long-term mission of the New Horizons automatic interplanetary station, which made the journey to Pluto, will be officially completed.

Young artists of Chelyabinsk will show their work in the opera house

In total, more than 30 works that brought children from 24 schools of Chelyabinsk. The head of the art studio Elena Archugova noted that for the students of her studio it is very important that numerous viewers of the Opera Theater will be able to see their drawings.

State Puppet Theater turns 80 years old

The State Puppet Theater of the Republic of Mordovia is 80 years old. December 18 with a significant date of his artists and management congratulated many guests, including the Vice-Chairman of the State Assembly of the Republic of Moldova, Valery Alekhin.

In Moscow, Soviet cinemas will be restored

The Moscow Architecture and Town Planning Committee has coordinated 11 projects for the reconstruction of old Soviet and the construction of new cinemas. As the chief architect of the city, Sergey Kuznetsov, noted, the emergence of new cultural objects, including cinemas, is a positive phenomenon for the urban environment.

12th century mosaic restored in Bethlehem

In Bethlehem, the mosaics of the Church of the Nativity of Christ were restored, which for many years were hidden under soot from candles and a layer of plaster. According to Artguide, the restorers have cleared some of the surviving fragments of masterpieces of the XII century.

House Durasova on Pokrovsky Boulevard returned to the historical appearance

Specialists completed the restoration of the house of Durasov on Pokrovsky Boulevard, built in the style of classicism at the end of the 18th century according to the design of the architect Matvey Kazakov.

The exhibition in memory of Oscar Rabin opened in the Multimedia Art Museum

In the Multimedia Art Museum, an exhibition was opened in memory of Oscar Rabin – co-founder of the Lianozovo School of artists and non-conformist poets and organizer of the 1974 Bulldozer Exhibition. Russian and French artist died in Florence in November at the age of 91

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