25 Mar, 2021

The development of the shuttle began in Russia

The Molniya Research and Production Association, which is part of the Kalashnikov concern, is developing a new civilian reusable complex with an orbital aircraft. This was announced by the general director of the enterprise Olga Sokolova.

“Over the past year, we have made significant progress in developing a new civil aerospace complex. Up to this point, there were some separate developments, but there was no clear task. Now the task has been set, and the development of a civilian reusable complex with an orbital aircraft is in full swing, ”said Ms. Sokolova in an interview published on the website of the NGO Molniya.

The Accounts Chamber revealed violations in Roscosmos

The head of the Accounts Chamber, Alexei Kudrin, said that Roscosmos had identified violations worth 30 billion rubles in 2020. This is reported by TASS. Kudrin noted that violations of various qualities relate to accounting, misappropriation of budget funds, and funding standards.

“In Roscosmos, unfortunately, we again find violations by more than 30 billion rubles over the past year,” he said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Alexei Navalny’s team gathers supporters for a rally online

The team of opposition politician Alexei Navalny announced the start of a campaign to release him. The activists suggested that supporters of the oppositionist who are ready to go to the rally in support of him, register on the website “Freedom Navalny” and put a mark on their location on the map. The oppositionists promise to announce the rally, which will become “the largest in the history of modern Russia”, when the number of those willing to join the campaign reaches “at least” 500 thousand people.

Foreigners give up land plots of Crimea

The number of land plots in Crimea owned by foreign citizens has decreased by at least 500. This was reported by the State Committee for State Registration and Cadastre of Crimea, RBC reported on March 24.

In March 2020, Putin signed a decree prohibiting foreigners, foreign legal entities and stateless persons from owning plots of land in Crimea. The ban came into force on March 20, 2021. The restriction applies to 19 out of 25 Crimean municipalities, including Evpatoria, Kerch, Yalta, Sudak and partly Sevastopol.

The European Union accused Russia of violating international law

The European Union condemned the actions of the Russian authorities, which prohibited foreigners from owning land in most of Crimea. The EU called the ban “another attempt to forcibly integrate the annexed peninsula into Russia”

New scandal in Armenia.

The deputy head of Pashinyan’s staff posted on Facebook a photo of the street littered with garbage and wrote that the opposition left behind Baghramyan Avenue in Yerevan today. But users discovered that this is a photograph of Melitopol: it illustrated the news three years ago on a Ukrainian website. The Armenian official removed the post and apologized.

Necessary to clarify Turkey’s place in NATO

Macron considers it necessary to clarify Turkey’s place in NATO, because “usually in relations with allies, they do not do what Turkey has done in recent months.” At the same time, he believes that “everything must be done so that Turkey does not turn its back on Europe and go towards greater religious extremism – or a geopolitical choice that will be even more dangerous or worse for us.”

Macron also recalls the importance of the migration deal with Turkey: “If tomorrow we say that we will no longer work, there will be no dialogue, they will open the doors – and 3 million Syrian refugees will arrive in Europe.”

IKEA executives are on trial for mass spying on employees and customers.

Surveillance has been practiced in IKEA France since the early 2000s. Hundreds of people were targeted: union employees, potential job candidates, and clients who had legal issues with the company. The information that top management collected about these people included criminal convictions and bank accounts. Information was collected with the help of detective agencies. There were 15 people in the dock, the maximum sentence could be 10 years in prison.

RDIF announced the purchase of Telegram bonds.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund announced that it became the owner of Telegram bonds. At the same time, Telegram Vice President Ilya Perekopsky said that the fund did not invest in the company’s bonds.

RDIF and the Abu Dhabi Mubadala fund in a joint statement explained the situation with the acquisition of Telegram bonds by the Russian side. It follows from it that on March 23 RDIF acquired a minority stake in Mubadala’s investments in Telegram bonds. This was done within the framework of a joint Russian-UAE investment platform. Earlier, Telegram Vice President Ilya Perekopsky, in a conversation with RBC, denied information about RDIF’s participation in investments in the development of the messenger

Sisters Khachaturian recognized as victims

The Investigative Committee of Russia recognized the sisters Maria, Angelina and Krestina Khachaturian as victims in the case of sexual violence and torture, which was brought against their father. The lawyers of the Khachaturian sisters hope that the decision of the Investigative Committee will stop the criminal prosecution of the girls who are accused of killing their father

World’s largest painting sold in Dubai

The world’s largest canvas painting “The Journey of Humanity” by British artist Sasha Jafri was auctioned in Dubai for $ 62 million (over 4.5 billion rubles)

Elon Musk announced the beginning of the sale of Tesla cars for bitcoins

Carmaker Tesla has added bitcoin payment for its products. The head of the company, Elon Musk, announced this on his Twitter account. While this payment method is only available to US customers, it will be introduced in other countries later this year.

Chinese customs suspended the acceptance of goods from three Russian enterprises

The Chinese authorities suspended the acceptance of import declarations from three Russian enterprises for one week after detecting coronavirus samples on their goods imported into the country. This was announced on Wednesday by the General Administration of Customs of the PRC.

Prices for holidays in Russian hotels have grown

In Russia, accommodation of tourists arriving on vacation in hotels and hotels has already risen in price by an average of 15 – 20% compared to last year. Tour operators and representatives of the hotel business note that closer to June 2021, room prices will only grow. Izvestia writes about this.

Created a ring for constant blood pressure measurement

The Cnap2Go sensor in the form of a ring was developed by scientists in Germany and Austria. The device continuously monitors blood pressure, writes Nature. The development was based on a finger cuff, which measures blood pressure by increasing and decreasing pressure on a person’s finger.

They learned to read brain activity with ultrasound

The California Institute of Technology has developed a new type of minimally invasive BMI for reading brain activity. For example, red blood cells increase the pitch as they get closer to the source of the ultrasound waves and decrease as they move away. When scientists discovered this phenomenon, they were able to detect tiny changes in cerebral blood flow down to 100 micrometers (on the scale of the width of a human hair).

After the algorithm was trained, it began broadcasting ultrasound data collected in real time from non-human primates. As a result, the algorithm showed in a few seconds what the primate would do, for example, eye repetitions, movements, and turns.

Some genes come to life in the human brain after his death

Experts from the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that “zombie cells” appear in the brains of deceased people. Reported by the Daily Mail. Cells are not detected immediately, but only a few hours after death. They grow actively and reach gigantic proportions.

Doctors call them glial cells. The peak of their growth in the brain was noted 12 hours after the death of the body. At the same time, scientists announced the presence of two other types of cells, which occupy about 80% of all brain cells. After the death of a person, they become inactive.

Physicists have found evidence of the existence of the Odderon particle

An international team of researchers from Sweden and Hungary finally managed to find this Odderon particle. This discovery will be the next step in the development of elementary particle physics and in the future will allow a better understanding of the essence of matter.

In 1973, French physicists hypothesized the existence of a certain quasiparticle. And recently, through a comprehensive analysis of data obtained using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (Switzerland), scientists have confirmed the formation of particles of Odderon and Pomeron in the collision of protons.

SpaceX and NASA Sign Space Collision Avoidance Agreement

SpaceX is one of several companies looking to launch huge constellations of communications satellites into low-earth orbit, and this has scared NASA and other space agencies a little. With so many new objects (especially in the event of their failure), the chances of collisions are skyrocketing.

Intel will build two new factories in the USA

It became known that Intel will build two new factories in Arizona, which will establish the production of microcircuits. The company also announced plans to start manufacturing semiconductors.

Experts note that the enterprise may prove to be a worthy alternative to manufacturers from Europe and Asia. It should also be borne in mind that the development of domestic production of semiconductors is one of the main priorities outlined by Joe Biden.

IBM will help Intel to master new technological processes

The IDM 2.0 strategy, announced by new Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger, implies closer collaboration with IBM on fundamental developments. Mutual assistance should extend to technical processes and layout solutions.

The LG 27UP850-W monitor is equipped with a USB-C port

The 27UP850-W monitor appeared in the LG catalog with the mark “new”. It is priced at $ 550. For this amount, the buyer will receive a monitor with a 27-inch IPS screen and UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). The anti-reflective screen features a maximum brightness of 400 cd / m2 and a contrast ratio of 1200: 1. Pixel response time (GtG) is declared equal to 5 ms, viewing angles – 178 °.

Microsoft Word learned to make PowerPoint presentations from documents

Microsoft today announced a handy new feature for Word on the Web that makes it easy to convert regular documents to PowerPoint with just a few clicks.

The cost of building a new stage of the opera house in Perm

On March 23, at a meeting of the Government of the Kama region, the regional authorities announced that the construction of a new stage of the opera and ballet theater in Perm was estimated at 15 billion rubles instead of the previously announced 10.35 billion. Construction is carried out at the expense of federal funding. Work is underway with the federation to receive funds.

US Treasury imposed sanctions on two Chinese citizens

The US Treasury Department has extended individual sanctions to two more Chinese citizens in connection with the situation in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR). This is stated in a message posted on March 22 on the website of the department. The sanctions list includes the head of the public security department of Xinjiang Chen Mingguo and the deputy secretary of the Xinjiang party committee Wang Junzheng.

The head of the US Federal Reserve denies the possibility of replacing the dollar with Bitcoin

The head of the US Federal Reserve System (FRS), Jerome Powell, has doubts about Bitcoin’s ability to break the dollar consensus. Powell considers cryptocurrency to be overly volatile and unsecured.

Europe prepares to receive a billion cubic meters of American gas

In March, the United States managed to reach a record export of LNG, and about ten tankers with the corresponding cargo are already located off the coast of Europe. In the coming days, about a billion cubic meters of gas will be unloaded, the recipients of which are the countries of Europe. Croatia and Turkey were among the recipients of the resource

A total of five LNG tankers from the United States are currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. A similar amount of equipment makes its way to Northwest Europe. Approximately one LNG carrier successfully unloaded in Dunkirk, France.

The interest of Russian business in investing in blockchain has fallen

The interest of Russian companies in investing in blockchain in 2020 was three times lower than in 2018, a Dell Technologies survey showed. After the general euphoria passed, the business realized that the investments were too large, and the areas of application were limited, experts say.

 

US citizens began to receive payments from the government

Last night, US President Joe Biden announced that as part of the American Rescue Plan, 100 million Americans have already received a one-time payment in the amount of $ 1,400 from the government.

Rostec will withdraw from the construction of a gas pipeline in Pakistan

The state corporation Rostec has decided to withdraw from the project for the construction of the North-South gas pipeline in Pakistan. Now it will be renamed “Pakistani Stream”.

Poland demanded to release the head of the Union of Poles detained in Belarus

The Polish Foreign Ministry expressed its disagreement with the detention by the Belarusian services of the head of the unrecognized Union of Poles in Belarus, Anzhelika Borys, and demanded her immediate release. This is stated in the message of the press service of the Polish Foreign Ministry.

Patrushev told Putin about the fight against Western ideals

The West is trying to foment ethnic and religious conflicts in Russia, to introduce “alien ideals and norms” that threaten social harmony, cultural sovereignty and political stability. Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, is sure of this. He will report to President Vladimir Putin on how attempts to implement Western ideals that threaten social harmony and political stability in Russia are being thwarted.

Military-political administration will be created in Rosgvardia

The head of the National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, announced that a main military-political administration would be created in the department subordinate to him. The official representative of the Russian Guard, Valery Gribakin, said that the department will deal with issues of political education of personnel, maintaining high morale, ideological spirit and strengthening discipline.

South Korean military confirmed the launch of two cruise missiles by the DPRK

Two cruise missiles were launched from the western coast of the DPRK the other day. According to Renhap, information about this was spread by the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea.

Quotas for placing social advertising on the Internet

The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill on a mandatory 5% quota for the placement of social advertising on the Internet. Similar regulations are already in place for television and banner advertisements.

One of the initiators of the initiative, MP Khinshtein, explained that at the first stage, the new norms will affect services with the largest advertising systems on the market: Yandex, Mail.ru, Rambler, Google, Facebook.

Deal for the sale of Rolls-Royce of the Bergen Engines plant to a Russian company

The deal on the sale of the British Rolls-Royce of its Norwegian Bergen Engines plant to the Russian company Transmashholding has been canceled. Norwegian Justice Minister Monika Malend told the country’s parliament that “the technology possessed by Bergen Engines and the engines that the company produces would be of significant military-strategic interest for Russia and would increase the military potential of Russia.”

“We now have enough information to conclude that it is necessary to prevent the sale of the company to a group controlled by a country with which we have no security cooperation.”

Bergen Engines manufactures ship engines for use by the Norwegian Navy.

An agent of the Belarusian KGB was detained in Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) was informed about the detention of an agent of the State Security Committee (KGB) of Belarus undercover. This was reported on the official website of the SBU.

It was established that the tasks of the KGB agent included collecting information about the security of the state border of Ukraine, the procedure for protecting it and establishing a channel for the transfer of weapons through it. It is reported that this was required to organize provocations and create news stories, then to accuse Kiev of supplying weapons to destabilize the situation in Belarus. Now the Belarusian has been charged with suspicion of committing a crime under the criminal article on espionage.

The main enemies of the United States in the opinion of the Americans themselves

In 2021, Russia ceded the “honorable” place of the main enemy of the United States in the eyes of the Americans to China! 26% of respondents named Russia as the main enemy of their country, and 45% – China! A year ago, both figures were slightly below 25%, but Russia was still ahead of China.

On the 3rd place is the DPRK (9%), which three years ago was in the lead with an impressive 50%. On the 4th and 5th places – Iran and Iraq, also when the former leaders, however, 10-15 years ago. The very same 10-15 years ago, when the Americans, in principle, did not consider Russia an enemy