25 Jan, 2019

The most good countries of the world

The ranking of the “Good Countries” (The Good Country Index) was held among 153 countries. The main idea of ​​the assessment is to determine, with respect to the size of a particular country, such an indicator as to what extent it contributes to the development of the common human good.

In drawing up the rating, the specialists relied on parameters that combined to exceed 30 points. Among them were: food assistance to other countries, the number of patents, freedom of speech and trade, the level of cybersecurity, and much more. Data on all items of the rating were obtained from official sources (UN, IMF, UNICEF and others).

According to the results, the ideal ratio of all items was revealed in Finland. In 2018, this state became the best country in the world. Finland has particularly succeeded in the field of equality and wealth of citizens, as well as in the field of environmental protection.

In addition to her, the top five are Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Denmark, and in the top ten are Switzerland, Norway, France, Spain and Canada.

US and Russian compilers placed on the 40th and 41st place. Countries were ranked lower than Georgia, Hungary, Chile, Lithuania and Iceland. Ukraine ranks 75th among the nicest countries

Briefly about the main thing …

The United States refused to Venezuela to break the diplomatic relations

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro has no authority to sever diplomatic relations with Washington, the United States intends to maintain ties with this Latin American country through Juan Guaido, who declared himself a temporary “president.”

The United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly, the United States does not believe that former President Nicolas Maduro has the legal authority to sever diplomatic relations with the United States or declare our diplomats persona non grata. – Mike Pompeo, American politician

Kadyrov called groundless talk of writing off Chechnya’s debts for gas

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, called groundless the talk about writing off 9 billion rubles of gas from the republic’s population. His words are cited on the website of the head and government of Chechnya.

The court did not write off a single ruble, and the work on collecting debts from the population did not stop for one hour. The talk about nine billion rubles, which allegedly forgave the population of Chechnya, is also groundless. In the court order there is not a single word about the amount. – Ramzan Kadyrov, Russian politician

Putin gave skates Omsk schoolgirl

The President of Russia fulfilled the cherished desire of a 12-year-old girl from Omsk. Before the New Year holidays Nastya Prigina wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin, in which she said that she really wants to get skates to train.

Trump will address the congress after the completion of the shatdaun

US President Donald Trump will make an annual appeal to the Congress “On the situation of the country” after the completion of the shatdaun.

The military robot “Uran-9” was adopted by the Russian army

Fighting robotized complex “Uran-9” adopted by the Russian army. The 12-ton mobile platform carries the Bumblebee-M jet-propellants, the Attack anti-tank guided missiles, a 30-mm automatic cannon and a machine gun with a caliber of 7.62 millimeters.

Fake News Act requires confirmed findings

The Council of the State Duma demanded from the government an official response to the amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses (CAO), which introduces new types of fines for disseminating fake news in the media, as well as for posting on social networks materials that “express indecent disrespect” to state bodies. power or to society.

Tymoshenko promised Ukraine energy independence

The leader of Batkivshchyna, Yulia Tymoshenko, who was nominated by the party as the presidential candidate of Ukraine and who had previously been accused of smuggling Russian gas into the country, said that if she won, she could ensure Ukraine’s energy independence in five years.

I set myself the task in five years to report to the public that Ukraine has fully achieved energy independence. Then we will get political independence. – Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian politician

Willingness of Russians to actively participate in politics

A quarter of Russians are ready to participate more actively in politics – this is the maximum in the last 12 years, Levada Center found out. In March 2017, this intention was expressed by 16% of respondents. At the same time, the share of respondents who are not interested in politics or they do not understand it (40%) also turned out to be maximum.

VEB will take part in the creation of the scientific valley of Moscow State University

We, as VEB, will actively engage in this work, and by and large, MSU has a complete understanding of how to develop this technological valley, what areas of science need to be developed in this valley, what conditions should be created for students, post-graduate students and faculty members. – Igor Shuvalov, Russian lawyer

The head of the Munich Conference hopes for the arrival of Vladimir Putin

The well-known diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger, who heads the Munich Security Conference, expressed the hope that Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the event. According to Ischinger, he has been actively trying to invite the Russian leader since last summer.

S-400 and Pantsiri are involved in large-scale military exercises in Siberia

The S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems and the Pantsir cannon systems are involved in large-scale training of the combat readiness of the Central Military District troops deployed in Siberia. This was told in the press service of the Central Military District.

Marines will protect naval warships

As told to Izvestia in the Main Command of the Navy, the antiterrorist groups will be deployed on ships carrying military service and having a naval presence in the distant oceanic and sea zones.

Russian Foreign Ministry demanded an Israeli air strike on Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia is demanding an end to the practice of Israel’s random air strikes on Syrian territory. According to the diplomat, Moscow’s position on this issue is unchanged and is based on the principles of international law.

We have not changed our position on this issue, it is based on the principle of respect for international law, and the practice of arbitrarily attacking the territory of a sovereign state, in this case it is a question of Syria, should be excluded. – Maria Zakharova, Russian diplomat

DOSAAF will create robotics circles throughout Russia

In 2019, the Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and the Fleet (DOSAAF) plans to create robotics circles in Russia in all regions of Russia, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported.

Ukraine transferred microwave technology to Saudi Arabia

The design bureau Yuzhnoye (Dnipro, Ukraine) handed over to the organization King Abdulaziz Scientific and Technological Center (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) documentation for a generator of pulsed electromagnetic radiation, reports the National Industrial Portal.

The Ukrainian edition, referring to sources in the Ministry of Defense of the Republic, notes that such weapons, using microwave radiation, can provoke overload and destruction of the enemy’s electrical networks.

Netanyahu called Iran the main enemy

Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the presence of the Iranian military in Syria is unacceptable for their state and they must be prepared for any kind of escalation to resist Tehran. He made such a statement during a visit to the army base “Shizafon” in the south of the country.

“The presence of the Iranian army in Syria is unacceptable to us. The Israel Defense Forces are the only army fighting the Iranian army in Syria, ”the Israeli prime minister said.

Netanyahu called Iran the “main enemy” that Israel opposes. He accused Tehran of intent to destroy the Jewish state with nuclear weapons, as well as in trying to surround them.

“Iran is concentrating its forces on our borders, <…> it wants to take us into the environment. Now, he [Iran] wants to create a third outpost right on our border opposite the Golan Heights – the military base of the Iranian army in Syria, ”said the head of the Israeli state.

In China, blocked the search engine Bing from Microsoft

The New York Times citing Greatfire.org reports that Bing is not available in certain regions of China, but not in the whole country. Bing – the last of the major Western search engines, who worked in the PRC due to the fact that he agreed to censor query results.

Five identical macaques cloned in China

Scientists have used donor macaque fibroblasts to clone five new monkeys using the somatic cell nucleus transfer method, the so-called “therapeutic cloning”. Previously, this method was used to clone the famous sheep Dolly, since then the method is well mastered.

China intends to increase the openness of the economy to investment in France

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, announced Beijing’s intention to make the Chinese economy more open to investment in Paris. This is stated in the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC.

Cabinet members May secretly discuss a rejection plan for “tough Brexit”

19 ministers and their deputies from among supporters of the UK’s European integration hold secret meetings in the Parliament every two weeks to work out a plan to prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union without an agreement on the terms of the “divorce” of the parties. This was reported on Wednesday evening on its website by The Daily Telegraph.

Russia’s population declined for the first time in 10 years

The population of Russia declined for the first time in 10 years, as of January 1, 2019, it was 146,793,700 people, while as of January 1 of last year 146,880,400 citizens lived in the country. These preliminary figures on Wednesday, January 23, were brought by Rosstat on its website

The authorities of St. Petersburg will preserve a number of metro stations under construction

The authorities clarified that the refusal to execute the state contract would affect the construction of the continuation of the Frunze radius, the Lakhtinsko-Pravoberezhnoy branch and the Nevsko-Vasileostrovsky sector.

Nastya Rybka thanked Lukashenko for the assistance provided

Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, thanked all the journalists and the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, for their help in leaving the temporary detention center.

“Thanks also to the president of my beloved country (Vashukevich is a citizen of Belarus) for the fact that he provided his help,” the girl added

Earlier, Lukashenko’s press secretary, Natalya Eismont, said that the president of Belarus had instructed to work on the release of Vashukevich. This information was confirmed by the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Makei, who called the release of Rybka “comprehensive merit.”

The safest travel country

The online travel service Wegoplace has published the Solo Travel Safety Report 2019 report, which states which countries will be the safest for single travelers in 2019. The full report is published on the official website of the organization.

Singapore has the highest security index (97 units). It is followed by Norway, Iceland and Finland, each with a safety index of 93 units. Uzbekistan ranked fifth in the ranking (91 units), followed by Hong Kong (91 units), Switzerland (91 units), Canada (90 units), Indonesia (89 units) and Denmark (88 units).

In addition, the experts ranked the most insecure countries for single travelers. Among them, the first positions were occupied by Venezuela (44 units), Afghanistan (45 units) and South Sudan (54 units).

Chinese investors will build three new bridges in Ufa

Three new bridges are planning to build in Ufa. Today, this issue was discussed with Chinese investors in the State Committee on Transport and Roads.

In Russia, can create a registry taxi

In Russia, can create a registry taxi. In this way it is proposed to deal with the processing of drivers. Exhausted by the hours-long work of taxi drivers, not only endanger their lives, but also the lives of passengers, as well as other road users.

Telemedicine project of the Doctor Stoletov pharmacy chain is closed

“We are faced with legal restrictions, in connection with which the possibility of opening full-fledged licensed therapeutic cabinets on pharmacy squares is now being discussed,” Anastasia Karpova, general director of Erkafarm, told about the fate of telemedicine cabins, which were installed in the company’s pharmacies.

It was assumed that the experts of Doc + will give advice on the mode and lifestyle, nutrition, disease prevention, drug efficacy.

Barrier stolen, trash left

After the New Year holidays, Perm residents stumbled upon piles of garbage in the Lipovaya Gora Specially Protected Natural Area (PAs). Moreover, the waste was dumped in a neat pile just at the sign warning about the reserved status of the area. Not so long ago, a metal barrier was installed here to block the way for cars that bring garbage. But before the New Year, he disappeared – scrap metal hunters dragged him down.

The government has postponed the introduction of social security consumption of electricity

The government returned to consideration of introducing the social norm for electricity in September 2018. Then the Ministry of Economic Development proposed to establish a base rate for electricity consumption up to 300 kW • h per month.

The Russians had a record amount of free money

The index of free money is the difference between income and expenses for the necessary goods and services. “In December, the“ free money ”index showed a traditional leap for the end of the year. The amount of free money in the average Russian household reached a volume of 36.7 thousand rubles.

Thus, over the month, the “free money” index has grown more than one and a half times, “- RIA Novosti reports with reference to a study of the holding” Romir “.

In annual terms, the index grew by 20 percent and amounted to 24.2 thousand rubles. For comparison, in 2017 this figure was 18.5 thousand rubles.

In 2018, borrowers took out loans for 8.6 trillion rubles.

In December 2018, 3.70 million new loans were issued totaling more than 895.97 billion rubles. The number of loans issued increased by 6%, and the volume of loans increased by 23% compared to December of last year, when 3.49 million loans were issued for 730.94 billion rubles. The leader in terms of growth in lending in December 2018 was the cash loan segment

In Russia increased the volume of illegal loans

In 2018, the volume of illegal loans in Russia increased significantly. According to a study by the security committee of SRO “MiR”, which covered 70% of the market, black lenders issued 115 billion rubles to borrowers (an increase of 15%).

ALROSA diamond sales in 2018 decreased by 8%

The world’s largest diamond producer, Alrosa, in 2018 reduced sales of its products by 8% to 38.1 million carats, the company said in a report. Diamond production fell by 7.3% to 36.7 million carats.

Ukraine increased imports of Russian goods

Ukraine increased imports of Russian goods by 17.1% in 2018, Kryminform reports, citing data from the State Statistics Service of Ukraine. As of the end of last year, Ukraine imported goods from Russia for $ 7.4 billion. Exports from Ukraine to Russia decreased by 7%, to $ 3.3 billion. The Ukrainian State Statistics Committee did not bring in exports and imports

Saudi Arabia has invested $ 2.5 billion in Russian projects

Saudi Arabia’s investments in Russian projects reached $ 2.5 billion. The head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev, announced this on January 23 during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. To date, Riyadh has invested $ 2.5 billion.

The deadline for the construction of the East was postponed to 2023

The deadline for the completion of the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome was postponed until 2023 due to difficulties in choosing the main contractor, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov announced on January 23.

Polyus increased gold production by 13% in 2018

For 2019, Polyus maintains a production forecast of about 2.8 million ounces of gold, said company head Pavel Grachev (his words are quoted in the message).

The revenue “Ribbons” for 2018 increased by 13%

The total revenue of Lenta in 2018 increased by 13.2% to 413.5 billion rubles (2017: 365.2 billion rubles), including revenue from retail sales increased by 13.6% to 392.1 billion rubles (2017: 345.0 billion rubles), and wholesale – by 6.0%. This was reported by the company.

In the event of a financial crisis, UBS will retain its solvency

Swiss UBS reported for the fourth quarter and the entire 2018 fiscal year, the results of which were slightly worse than investors’ expectations. Despite the difficult market conditions, the bank is recognized as the industry leader in sustainability based on key indicators.

The Ministry of Finance of Ukraine increased the sale of domestic debt in high demand

Total revenues to the state budget from the sale of domestic debt in 2018 reached 166.853 billion hryvnia (approximately $ 6.1 billion), including almost $ 4 billion obtained through the sale of foreign currency obligations.

Central Bank of Russia bought the currency for the Ministry of Finance in the 15.7 billion rubles

On January 22, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation bought currency for the Ministry of Finance within the budget rule of 15.7 billion rubles, follows from the Bank of Russia data. From January 15 to February 6, the Ministry of Finance plans to purchase currency for 265.8 billion rubles. The purchase of currency within the framework of the budget rule is carried out to withdraw additional oil and gas revenues and replenish the National Wealth Fund.

ECB recognizes weaker growth, but leaves policy unchanged

The GDP of Germany, France and Italy, the largest economies in the eurozone, grew only slightly in the fourth quarter, and ECB head Mario Draghi already acknowledged that the economic slowdown could be longer than expected, setting the stage for regulator peace-loving rhetoric

Chinese spending in 2018 increased by 8.7% – to a record level

Chinese spending in 2018 increased by 8.7% and reached a record volume of 22 trillion 90.6 billion yuan ($ 3.267 trillion), according to the country’s Ministry of Finance.

Azerbaijani SOCAR bought gas distribution company in Georgia

The Georgian “daughter” of the Azerbaijani state company SOCAR – SOCAR-Georgia Gas – has acquired a new asset – a gas distribution company in Georgia. We are talking about the company “Telavgaz”, which is engaged in the supply of natural gas in Telavsky district.

Kazakhstan plans to export up to 600 thousand tons of gasoline per year

The production capacity of oil refineries (refineries) in Kazakhstan allows the republic to export up to 600 thousand tons of gasoline per year, Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said, January 23, KazTAG agency reported.

Riyadh buys US gas assets

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, is ready to buy billions of dollars worth of US gas assets, President and CEO Amin Nasser told Reuters.

Chinese steel futures are falling amid economic problems

According to Reuters, futures for Chinese steel and iron ore fell on Wednesday, January 23, after a wider sale of riskier assets under the pressure of persistent concerns about weak demand amid a global slowdown.

Nicolas Cage will act in film adaptation of Howard F. Lovecraft short story

Nicolas Cage will play the main role in the horror of “The Color Out of the Other World” (The Color Out of Space) – the film adaptation of the eponymous story by Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Richard Stanley, who wrote the adaptation script with Scarlet Amaris, will take the director’s chair

The author’s film festival will be held in Moscow

From January 24 to 31, on the territory of the cinema “Cosmos”, included in the “Moskino” system, passed the international festival “Art of Cinema x Moscow”. Guests of the event will be able to see the best author films. To display the picture selected magazine “Art of Cinema”. In total, the festival will show more than 20 films, each of which has not yet had time to go to hire.

In France, announced nominees for film award “Cesar”

The Academy of Arts and Technology of Cinema of France announced the nominees for the annual award “Cesar”. The corresponding message is published on the official website of the founder of the award.

Seven pictures claim the title of the best film – “The Pain” by Emmanuel Finkel, “The Sisters Brothers” by Jacques Odiyar, “The Unsinkable” by Gilles Lellouche, “Freedom” by Pierre Salvadori, “Guardianship” by Xavier Legrand, “Guy” by Alex Lutz and “The Infant” by Jeanne Erry.

In the category “Best Supporting Actress”, among others, was Audrey Tothu (for her role in the comedy melodrama “At Freedom!”).

The best foreign film, according to the French Academy, could be “Three billboards on the border of Ebbing, Missouri” by Martin McDona, “Capernaum” by Nadine Labaki, “The Cold War” by Pavel Pavlikovsky, “The Girl” by Lucas Donta, “Hanna” by Andrea Pallaoro, “Our battles “Guillaume Senesa or” Shop Thieves “Hirokazu Koreeda

Sandra Bullock will play in the film adaptation of the comic “Rebirth”

The director of the film “Lego Film: Batman” Chris McKay will remove the adaptation of the comic book “Reborn” for Netflix, reports Deadline. The producers are Vertigo Entertainment and Sandra Bullock, who may also play the main role in the film.

500 paintings per month for free

The famous Ural blacksmith Alexander Lysyakov decided to give his paintings to the inhabitants of Yekaterinburg for free. As the organizers of the “500 paintings” project told Znak.com, the artist has recently finished his 500th canvas and will allow any resident to take a piece of art and hang it at home for a month for free.

“My paintings are taken from the subconscious. They are unusually clean and fresh in their ideas. Having painted 500 paintings, I realized that I was not their true owner. I will be very pleased if I suddenly come to visit you and see my picture, ”said Lysyakov.

Chinese New Year in St. Petersburg will be celebrated with concerts and exhibitions

In St. Petersburg, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, concerts, exhibitions and competitions will be held. This was announced by the chairman of the foreign relations committee, Yevgeny Grigoriev. According to him, on the evening of February 4, the red illumination will be turned on at the Palace Bridge.

Continuation of the sports drama “Ice” will be released in 2020

The winners award ceremony will be held on January 25, and today, two days before the film award, the creators of Ice announced that they would see the continuation of the film in 2020.

11 Yakut films will be shown at the international film festival in Finland

11 Yakut paintings were selected for the Skabmagovat program of the Indigenous Peoples International Festival, which will be held from January 24 to 27 in the city of Inari in Finland.

Preparing the third part of the comedy “Macho and Botan”

After a failed attempt to create a Macho and Bothan crossover with People in Black, Sony began developing the third part of the franchise about the adventures of partner Jensen and Schmidt. This was told by one of the directors of the original filogy Phil Lord.

Announced the first participants of the festival Alfa Future People Snow Edition

The organizers of the electronic music festival Alfa Future People Snow Edition, which will be held in the Nizhny Novgorod region, have named the first headliners of the event.

As it became known, the main participants of the festival’s night program will be the Belgian producer Apashe and the British drum’n’bass duet Chase & Status.

“Ariel-fest” will bring together in Uvildakh the best musicians of the Southern Urals

Director of the festival, musician Rostislav Gepp said that the idea of ​​holding the event was born last year after the concert of the group “Ariel”, which took place on the water surface of the lake.

The concert “Yellow Stars” in memory of the victims of the Holocaust will be held in St. Petersburg

The concert “Yellow Stars” will be held in St. Petersburg for the fifth time, it is dedicated to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was declared by the UN on January 27, the day of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops in 1945.

Since February 1, there may be failures in the work of the websites of state bodies and banks

The cause of failures is the global update of the domain name system protocol, and from February 1, support for the old version of the Domain Name System will be discontinued. As reported, the new version will use the EDNS (Extended DNS) extension, which allows the use of other add-ons that can improve the security of the system, as well as improve its performance.

Avast experts have recognized the vulnerability of Windows users

Avast employees warned Windows users that hackers could hack into a computer through outdated versions of software installed on it.

Boeing showed unmanned aerotaxi

Boeing has successfully tested unmanned aerial taxi. The experiment video was posted on the corporation’s Twitter account. During the test launch, the aircraft performed a controlled take-off, air suspension and landing

Apple CEO Tim Cook laugh the question about Yandeks.Telefon

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, journalists asked Apple CEO whether he knows about Yandex.Telephone and whether he has any thoughts about this device. Tim Cook laughed and said that he had not heard about him.

“Delimobil” began to connect the car third-party fleets

The new project will allow cars from third-party partners – leasing and taxi companies, other commercial fleets to be connected to the car sharing park. Until now, the vehicle fleet of “Delimobil” consisted of cars received in financial and operational leasing.

Meizu introduced the ZERO smartphone

The smartphone does not have a USB connector, a 3.5-millimeter connector, as well as slots for SIM-cards and microSD-cards. Instead of a SIM card, customers are offered to use the eSIM module, which cannot be removed. Most telecom operators do not yet support eSIM

Amazon is testing the Scout delivery robot in the US

It is reported only that the robot has six wheels and an electric battery and can move with the speed of a pedestrian, avoiding obstacles, including animals and people. Now on the streets of the United States came out for testing six robots postmen. They will work in Snohomish County, Washington.

The new 75-inch touch screen Dell 4K will replace the school board

Today, Dell announced a new monitor – a huge 75-inch touchscreen designed for educational purposes – a kind of school board of the future. Dell Interactive Touch Monitor 75 4K C7520QT is designed for collaboration and interactive learning.

Viettel plans to launch 5G mobile communications in Vietnam

Viettel plans to launch the fifth generation mobile communication in Vietnam. The company has already obtained the corresponding license for 5G. The management of Viettel Telecommunications Holding obtained the first in the country permission to test a new 5G communication standard.

Embedded Bitcoin wallet to appear in Samsung S10

The images show that the gadget will have a built-in cryptocurrency wallet, the storage is called Blockchain KeyStore. At the moment, it only supports Ethereum, however, according to sources, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and ERC-20 standard tokens will also be added.

Published the first photo of the drone “Hunter”

Details about the Russian C-70 drone are kept secret, but it is known that it will be made with extensive use of stealth technology, and its weight will be about 20 tons. The device will be able to use various precision weapons and reach speeds of more than 1000 km / h. “Hunter” will also be able to be in the air for a long time and make long-distance flights. Currently, the drone is preparing for the first test flight: “Military observer” published the first snapshot of the drone, which from the outside is similar to the American multi-purpose device Northrop Grumman X-47B.

New stylus Surface Go, for small children’s hands

Microsoft is committed to making Windows Ink more useful for children with the new Surface Go stylus, which is easier to hold with small children’s hands. The new stylus is shorter by four inches in length, and at the end there is also a slot for attaching it to a computer.

Brand Louis Vuitton is preparing to release updated “smart” watches

The Louis Vuitton brand is preparing to launch an updated version of the Tambour Horizon smart watch, which received 8 GB of RAM. An expensive compact accessory can boast high-class features.

Moto Z3 with the transition to Android 9 Pie will receive 5G

Motorola has begun to update Android 9 Pie on another of its two phones, Moto Z3 and Moto G6 +. Moto Z3 gets typical Pie features and security patch from January 1st.

Laptop Acer TravelMate B114-21 on the AMD platform is addressed to students

Acer has announced a TravelMate B114-21 laptop computer designed specifically for students: new items will start selling next quarter. The laptop uses the AMD hardware platform.

Revealed the cause of death of Alexander of Macedon

The mystery of the death of the great commander, apparently, is solved. New Zealand scientists from the University of Otago made a bold statement. According to their data, Macedonian died due to a severe neurological autoimmune disease – Guillain-Barre syndrome, writes The Ancient History Bulletin.

Sheep do not know how to recognize people’s faces – scientists

About a year ago, scientists published in one of the scientific journals the results of the experiment, which showed that sheep at the level of primates and humans can recognize people’s faces.

The brain responded differently to touching itself and others.

Swedish scientists have found that the difference in the perception of touching oneself and touching other people is noticeable both at the level of stimulation and at the level of signal processing by the brain. In particular, when touching himself, there was a noticeable deactivation of brain areas responsible for processing social stimuli that were active when touched by other people. Article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scientists: Romance Improves Health

When lowering the legs in cold water, pressure rises. Summarizing the experiment, scientists concluded that the presence of a romantic partner or thoughts about him contributed to a better body response to stress, as well as a decrease in pressure.

Siberian scientists will study cold resistance at the genetic level

Scientists of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences went on to study the genetic mechanisms that determine the individual human sensitivity to cold, said Deputy Director of the Institute, Head of the FIC Institute of Cytology and Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences – Research Institute of Therapy and Preventive Medicine Academician Mikhail Voevoda.

“We are the first to begin studying the system of receptors that determine sensitivity to cold and their polymorphism. People have different genetic options – some are more susceptible to cold, others less. Moreover, it has been shown that these differences in sensitivity determine different susceptibility to certain diseases: pneumonia, cardiovascular disease and a variety of others, ”explained the scientist.

New nanoparticle will help fight cancer

The promise of immunotherapy against cancer has attracted international attention after two scientists won the Nobel Prize this year for unlocking the ability of the immune system to destroy tumor cells.

Manned spacecraft “Soyuz” equipped with Wi-Fi

Russian manned spacecraft “Soyuz MS” began to equip Wi-Fi, with which astronauts can download information from the Earth to tablets, according to the Roscosmos Facebook page.

Rocket New Shepard made a new suborbital flight

On Wednesday, Blue Origin, a US company, launched another successful flight of the New Shepard suborbital rocket, thanks to which space tourism development is planned. The rocket launched from the landfill in Texas.

Climate change does not depend on the Sun

Previously, scientists believed that these climatic changes depend on the 11-year solar activity cycle called the Schwabe cycle. Based on this knowledge, many experts tried to predict the winter weather for many years to come.

The latest study showed that global periodic climate changes in the northern hemisphere of the planet, called the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), do not depend on solar activity, that the NAO and the Schwabe cycle are not related. Scientists believe that the cause of NAO lies in the very atmosphere of the Earth, and not in cosmic phenomena ….

The birth of massive black holes in the early Universe is revealed.

The light emitted around the first massive black holes in the universe is so intense that it can reach telescopes throughout the entire space of the universe. Incredibly, the light from the most distant black holes (or quasars) travels to us for more than 13 billion light years.

In Roskosmos told, when will fly the rocket “Angara-A5”

The first launch of the carrier rocket Angrara-A5 is scheduled for 2021. It is assumed that the rocket will go into mass production in 2023.

“Russian Space Systems” for over half a year ignore media requests

The holding “Russian Space Systems” has not responded to the request sent by the editors of “Gazety.Ru” for more than half a year. The request was sent on May 19, 2018, it was about the reasons for the delay in the manufacture of the device, which is planned to be installed on the Russian lunar mission “Luna-25”.

Bentley will present a special anniversary model in Geneva

In honor of the momentous event in the history of the Bentley company – the centenary anniversary – in 2019 a special model will be released

Skoda’s small and cheap crossover will be called Kamiq

The new ŠKODA brand SUV will be called KAMIQ. The car will be the third representative of this segment, intended for the European market, and will continue the campaign of the Czech brand to expand the product line.

Toyota introduced the anniversary Land Cruiser SUV

The Japanese company Toyota intends to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the Toyota Land Cruiser SUV in the US market. To do this, they will offer a special anniversary modification, which will be given the name Heritage Edition.

Ford has updated the European version of the Ranger pickup

Ford introduced the updated Ranger compact pickup for the European market. The model received new engines, a 10-speed gearbox, as well as additional electronic auxiliary systems.

The new generation of Hyundai Creta will get a design in the style of Santa Fe 2019

Portal Autohome has published the first spy shots of a model covered with dense camouflage. However, even on them it can be noted that the crossover will retain the same dimensions, but will receive a new two-level optics and other grille, bumper and taillights.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS new generation will save the atmospheric oppozitnik

The new generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS engine will receive a slight increase in volume and power (up to 523–525 hp. Vs. the current 520 hp.). He will be paired with a 7-speed PDK robotic transmission.

Opel has shown a new van Vivaro

Opel introduced the Vivaro van, a redesigned version of the Citroen Jumpy, Peugeot Expert and Toyota ProAce models. The novelty will enter the market in three versions, differing in the length of the body and its type – the cargo van and cargo-passenger version of the combi will be available.

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