Russians will soon be able to buy domestically-manufactured tablet computers. The gadget will be equipped with its own Android-esque operating system, which, unlike its American counterpart, will not be sending private data to Google.
A prototype of the device was unveiled at the National Research Nuclear University in Moscow.
“The operating system has all the functional capabilities of the Android OS, but does not contain the covert functions of sending private user data to Google headquarters,” Andrey Starikovsky, the general director of the university-based company behind the tablet, told Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
While Google will not be available to users of the computer, dubbed RoMOS (Russian Mobile Operating System), due to security issues, an online store where users can buy safe applications for the device is in the works. The tablet will also be able to encrypt data and help users find their way around using navigation systems like GPS and its Russian alternative, GLONASS.
While the device will be sold to Russian Defense Ministry employees at first, it will later be available to civilians. The first basic 10-inch screen models to hit the open market are expected to cost 15,000 rubles (about $460).
Russian scientists in Siberia have discovered the perfectly preserved remains of a mammoth that reportedly contain living cells. The findings have sparked media speculation over the possible cloning of the wooly Ice Age giant.
The scientists were quick to deny the report of living cells, calling it “a misunderstanding.”
However, the international expedition Yana 2012 did find plenty of rich research material while digging in Yakutia, in Russia's east. But it is too early to say anything about living cells, not to mention cloning, Semyon Grigoriev, head of the expedition, told RT.
At a depth of 100 meters scientists discovered the soft tissue, fat tissue, wool and bone marrow of a mammoth. However, the materials have not been checked for living cells.
The findings are to be sent to Seoul, South Korea, where scientists will determine whether there are any living cells in the material.
But the media have already begun speculating about the possibility of cloning the Ice Age titan. Some reports suggested that controversial South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk had already expressed interest in Yana 2012's findings.
Hwang, who became infamous for faking experiments in the field of stem cell research, has repeatedly spoken about cloning mammoths. In March, Russia's North-Eastern Federal University and Hwang signed an agreement hoping to produce a living mammoth within six years.
Experts from the Russian Academy of Science strongly doubt the possibility of discovering living cells in the mammoth's remains.
“The structure and the nucleus – in some special conditions of deep freezing – can be preserved, but a living thing means constant and stable exchange with outside the environment,” Aleksandr Agadzhanyan, Doctor in Biology, told RIA Novosti.
“So far, scientists have not been able to find even a full DNA chain in mammoth fossils, not to mention living cells,” he added.
Agadzhanyan also said that “cloning” isn't a proper term to use when speaking about bringing mammoths back to life.
Cloning is reconstructing an organism from a somatic cell, while what scientists want to do with mammoths is to add mammoth DNA to an elephant’s egg cell – a completely different procedure, he explained.
Yana 2012 was a paleontological expedition that included Russian, South Korean, American, Canadian, British and Swedish scientists, and took place between August 9 and September 5 in the Ust-Yansky region of Yakutia. The region is famous for its mammoth discoveries. In 2010, the remains of a now-famous juvenile mammoth, nicknamed Yuka, were discovered in the area.
Mammoths mostly died out around 10,000 years ago, however the last surviving specimen lived on Russia's Wrangler Island until around 1700 BC.
France says it will seek an immediate EU ban on imports of a genetically-modified corn made by Monsanto if a study linking it to cancer in rats is deemed credible. The findings of the report are illustrated in a new documentary film soon to be released in France.
Marussia Motors - Russian super car manufacturer Ìàðóñÿ.
Oct 2, 2012 by PowerRossiya
Marussia Motors is a Russian super car manufacturer, developed to compete face to face with the Italian car manufacturers Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani, the German car manufacturer Porsche and the French car manufacturer Bugatti in the European super cars market.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 22, 2013 13:44:23 GMT -5
Amur Tiger Cub Rescued in Far East.
VLADIVOSTOK, February 22 (RIA Novosti) – Environmentalists in the Primorye Territory in Russia’s Far East rescued an orphaned Amur tiger cub, the local administration said on Friday.
The six-month-old male cub was trying to hunt in the taiga, but was doomed due to his young age and weakness, Vladimir Vasilyev, the Primorye wildlife protection department chief, said.
“The tiger cub is very active and put up a fight,” Vasilyev said, adding that specialists tracked the animal for three days before they caught it.
The cub will be examined by veterinarians and then sent to a rehabilitation center, he said.
According to the Primorye administration, the cub could be a brother of a six-month-old tigress, which was rescued from a trap about ten days ago not far from the place where the cub was found.
The Amur tiger was put on the list of endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) . The population of the Amur tigers, one of six tiger subspecies found only in Russia’s Far East and in some areas of Northern China, currently numbers some 450 animals. Experts estimate that from 30 to 50 Amur tigers are killed by poachers and irresponsible hunters every year.
Serbians believe politics, GMO lobby are behind milk crisis.
B92 Society | February 28, 2013 | 17:38
BELGRADE -- As many as 71 percent of Serbians believe that the milk they buy in stores is safe to consume, a new B92/Ipsos Strategic Marketing poll has shown.
Awaiting conclusive answers on the aflatoxin contamination, the survey that included 1,003 respondents revealed also that 22 percent thought milk in Serbia was not up to the health standards, while seven percent said they did not know.
Vojvodina provincial government secretary for agriculture and opposition DS party official Goran Ješić was the one who raised the issue of the elevated aflatoxin levels in milk, with the affair then becoming a sparring match between the DS and the ruling SNS party, and provincial and state authorities.
As many as three quarters of Serbians now believe that the whole affair was "politically motivated", and had nothing to do with the concern for the citizens' well-being.
Asked who was to blame in this scenario, 30 percent said they did not know, while 14 percent believe it was "politicians and political interests and conflicts".
Nine percent of respondents blamed the government, and seven percent the Democrats (DS).
But when it comes to the main actors in the affair - Ješić and SNS official and Agriculture Minister Goran Knežević - the latter fared much better. According to the poll, 47 percent of Serbians trust Knežević, compared to 23 percent who put their faith in Ješić.
Finally, the citizens were asked about the claim that the background of the affair had to do with the GMOs lobby and attempts to secure entry of genetically modified food - currently illegal in Serbia - to our market.
This assertion, made by Knežević, was backed by 61 percent of respondents, while 35 percent did not accept it.
We also asked whether food made from genetically modified organisms was harmful - and 51 percent said that it was, while 36 percent believe it is "equally as harmful as what is consumed now".
The B92/Ipsos Strategic Marketing poll also revealed that only eight percent of Serbians think that GMOs are not harmful.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 11, 2013 11:08:35 GMT -5
Beekeepers in 5 Bulgarian Cities Stage Protests.
Novinite.com Environment | April 10, 2013, Wednesday| 469 views
Beekeepers from five cities staged protests Wednesday against Bulgaria's decision to abstain from voting at the European Parliament on a ban on using neonicotinoid pesticides linked to the decline of bees.
The Wednesday rallies were held in Shumen, Varna, Silistra, Razgrad and Targovishte, with a new protest scheduled for April 22, the International Mother Earth Day, in Sofia, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Television (BNT).
At the beginning of 2013, the European Commission asked EU Member States to suspend for two years the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on sunflower, rapeseed, maize and cotton.
The proposal was triggered by a report of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which claimed that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides posed an unacceptable risk to bees.
However, the attempt to ban the use of neonicotinoids failed, as major countries like UK and Germany did not back the plan in a vote on March 15.
In 2012, a total of around 200 000 bees died in Bulgaria, against a total beekeeping capacity of over 1 million.
Environmentalists and farmers caution that the mass disappearance of honeybees poses a threat to the harvest and also endangers the very existence of nature and people on a global scale.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 30, 2013 11:48:10 GMT -5
EU Bans Bee-Harming Pesticides.
Novinite.com Bulgaria in EU | April 29, 2013, Monday| 449 views
The European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue.
In a vote in Brussels on Monday, EU member states remained divided on a moratorium to ban three pesticides considered harmful to bees.
A total of 15 Member States supported the restriction, 8 Member States voted against and 4 Member States abstained during the appeal committee vote.
Bulgaria was among the countries that supported the restriction.
"Since our proposal is based on a number of risks to bee health identified by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the commission will go ahead with its text in the coming weeks," European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg said in a statement following the decision, according to Deutsche Welle.
"I pledge to do my utmost to ensure that our bees, which are so vital to our ecosystem and contribute over EUR 22 B annually to European agriculture, are protected," said Borg.
The EU Commission had proposed the two-year restriction on three neonicotinoids - or pesticides known to have harmful and fatal side effects on the central nervous system of insects.
Bulgaria declared its support the ban on the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides at the vote at the European Commission's Appeal Committee following protests organized by local beekeepers.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 24, 2013 13:56:25 GMT -5
EU imposes 2-year ban on pesticides believed responsible for mass bee deaths.
RT.com May 24, 2013 14:56
The European Commission has adopted a two-year-long moratorium on the use of three necotinoid pesticides believed to be one of the reasons behind a 30 percent annual decrease in bee populations since 2007.
EU member-states will now have to amend their existing legislation on the use of pesticides by September 30 to comply with the ban adopted by the EC on Friday.
The substances in question are clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam, used for treatment of seeds and foliage as well as for making soil more fertile. All pose "high acute risks" for bees, according to a scientific report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
European countries have been given six months to use up their current stocks of the chemicals. Scientists will then have two years to determine whether the ban helps stop declines in bee populations, after which the restriction may be reviewed. Until that point, the pesticide ban will be upheld.
The ban is “another milestone towards ensuring a healthier future for our honeybees, as bees have two important roles to play: Not only that of producing honey but primarily to be a pollinator. About 80 percent of all pollination is due to the activity of bees – this is natural and free of costs,” according to Tonio Borg, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. Bees “contribute over ˆ 22 billion annually to European agriculture,” he added.
The European Commission forced its bee-protection plan through after it failed to get support from a sufficient majority of EU member-states in an April 29 vote: Only 15 out of 27 EU members supported the pesticides ban.
“In absence of an agreement between Member States, it is for the Commission to decide on the adoption of the proposed restriction,” a European Commission press release said.
The decision is a blow to two major necotinoids producers, Bayer of Germany and Switzerland's Syngenta, who maintain there is not enough evidence their products are contributing to the decline in bee populations.
The European Commission’s report also points to other factors that may be responsible for the mass bee deaths, include parasites, other pathogens, a lack of veterinary medicines or their misuse, apiculture management, environmental factors such as a lack of habitat and feed, and climate change. Prior to the ban, the European Commission allocated ˆ3.3 million for research into the bee deaths.
The sharp decline in bee populations has taken place over the last 10-15 years, according to an EFSA report; scientists have labeled the phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
The issue is equally acute in the US, where according to a Department of Agriculture report, the number of colonies has plummeted from 3 million in 1990 to 2.5 million this year.
MOSCOW, May 29 (The Moscow News/RIA Novosti) – Scientists from the Siberian region of Yakutia have discovered the frozen remains of a mammoth with some blood and flesh still intact, despite thousands of years in sub-zero temperatures, the scholars said at a press conference Wednesday.
“The meat looks pretty fresh, reddish in color in several places. I can’t say that the smell was very fresh, though,” Semyon Grigoryev, head of the expedition and director of the Amosov Mammoth Museum of the North Eastern Federal District, was quoted as saying a day earlier by the Vesti television channel.
The scientists who dug up the carcass described the blood literally squirting out when they poked at the remains.
The triplet cubs of ligress Zita – half-lioness, half-tiger – are exploring their open-air enclose at the Novosibirsk Zoo. This is the second time Zita has given birth. Watch this RIA Novosti video showing the cubs play and react to the zoo visitors.
Britain is calling on the EU to ease its tight regulations on genetically modified food with the country's Environment Secretary saying GM farming is actually safer than many of the alternatives. Anti-GM activists are raising the alarm, they warn of side-effects ranging from simple allergies to devastating immune problems. RT's Polly Boiko reports.
5 States Agree to Help Russia Build Heavy-Ion Collider.
DUBNA (Moscow Region), August 8 (RIA Novosti) – Germany, Bulgaria and three former Soviet republics have agreed to join efforts with Russia to build a heavy-ion collider in a Moscow suburb, according to a letter of intent, signed Thursday.
The collider, planned to be built by 2017 on the premises of the already existing Nuclotron particle accelerator in the town of Dubna, will reportedly be able to accelerate and collide protons and relatively heavy ions, such as gold, to study a recently discovered phase of matter, a plasma of fundamental particles quarks and gluons.
The collider, dubbed NICA (Nuclotron-based Ion Collider fAcility), will presumably involve scientists, equipment and financing from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Germany, said Viktor Matveyev, director of Russia’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, which will house the facility.
The memorandum of intent “is a formal expression of interest of these countries in working out legal, organizational, scientific and financial issues that must be resolved to ensure the participation of these countries in the implementation of the NICA megaproject,” Matveyev told RIA Novosti.
TsarSamuil: Medicines aren't allowed to be sold on the market without a 15 year trial period, to determine short n long term effects. Sputnik just turned 1 year, others not even that, just months, how can we determine long term effects without the data from long term
Aug 24, 2021 11:22:20 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: exposure? Does anyone have a time machine to go 14 years or so into the future n come back n say whether we have good vaccines? Fear makes world abandon its own standards..Besides, vaccines for other illnesses that have been developed for YEARS actually
Aug 24, 2021 11:23:40 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: help. These covid vaccines are literally SHIT, why else do they demand you take 1, 2 n now 3 shots? The problem is also a disease becomes resilient if u administer a weak vaccine that doesn't do the job proper. Allow illness to survive just makes it strong
Aug 24, 2021 11:25:04 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: instead if we go by the book, we should all wait for a really good vaccine to take out the illness for good. Now...we may never get rid of it..but understandably the world economy has a hard time dealing with lock downs, but that is just needless panic
Aug 24, 2021 11:27:06 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: why Swe had fared well with country not being locked down? Because they are cold people, keeping distance was the thing before covid-19 was ever heard of, I hope world doesn't become like that, but some could use a little common sense n change in behavior.
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:12 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: It's no wonder covid hits so many Arabs in the country, stupid bastards..
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:38 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: If I go to H&M a new shirt, if an Arab wants to buy a pair of pants, not only is his whole family along, his friends, even his freaking grandmother is along n all chattering along in a big dumb group of ignorance..
Aug 24, 2021 11:33:05 GMT -5
Boro: Thx for the response. I'm not sure... It seems the vaccines work, at least people aren't dying of Covid. Those who get ill have a problem, it's not "just a flu". Maybe it's from a chinese laboratory, who knows...
Aug 24, 2021 13:46:55 GMT -5
Boro: I agree regarding Arabs..
Aug 24, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -5
Boro: Be glad, Sweden isn't overpopulated.
Aug 24, 2021 14:11:49 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: true, vaccines do help somewhat, maybe better than nothing..I hope in 2022 we can come out of this nightmare..
Aug 24, 2021 15:38:24 GMT -5
Boro: Horrible times, indeed.
Aug 24, 2021 15:47:41 GMT -5