Laureates of the 2021 Global Energy Prize announced
The winners of the 2021 Global Energy Prize were announced on 6th September in Kazan. The laureates were: Russian scientists Zinfer Ismagilov and Suleyman Alakhverdiev, as well as American academic Yi Cui.
India’s DNA COVID vaccine is a world first – more are coming
The ZyCoV-D vaccine heralds a wave of DNA vaccines for various diseases that are undergoing clinical trials around the world.
"We should reach carbon neutrality by 2050"
Attendees of 2021 Tatarstan Gas and Petrochemical Forum will discuss how to decarbonise the republic’s economy
International Scientific and Practical Conference «DECARBONIZATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND NEW PARADIGM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FUEL & ENERGY COMPLEX IN RUSSIA» will take place in Kazan August 31 – September 1, 2021.
New delta variant studies show the pandemic is far from over
A widespread return to COVID-19 restrictions could be on the horizon
The coronavirus’s delta variant is different from earlier strains of the virus in worrying ways, health officials are discovering. And those differences may mean a return to some of the restrictions that vaccinated people thought were in the past.
DeepMind’s AI for protein structure is coming to the masses
Machine-learning systems from the company and from a rival academic group are now open source and freely accessible.
It’s protein-structure prediction for the people. Software that accurately determines the 3D shape of proteins is set to become widely available to scientists.
For some dinosaurs, the Arctic may have been a great place to raise a family
Fossil baby teeth and bones hint that some dinosaurs reared their young near the North Pole.
Dinosaurs didn’t just summer in the high Arctic; they may have lived there year-round, new fossil evidence suggests.
Mysterious fast radio bursts come in two distinct flavours
A trove of new detections suggests that the bursts could be the result of at least two separate astrophysical phenomena.
A radio telescope in Canada has detected 535 fast radio bursts, quadrupling the known tally of these brief, highly energetic phenomena in one go. The long-awaited results show that these enigmatic events come in two distinct types — most bursts are one-off events, with a minority repeating periodically and lasting at least ten times longer on average.
Watch this beautiful, high-resolution simulation of how stars are born. The STARFORGE simulation accounts for all the phenomena thought to influence the birth of new stars
The most realistic computer simulation of star formation yet offers stunning views of what the inside of a stellar nursery might look like. In the Star Formation in Gaseous Environments simulation, or STARFORGE, a giant virtual cloud of gas collapses into a nest of new stars. Unlike other simulations, which could render only a small clump of gas within a larger cloud, STARFORGE simulates an entire star-forming cloud.
Saturn has a fuzzy core, spread over more than half the planet’s diameter
One of Saturn’s rings has revealed properties of its core, hidden deep beneath the planet’s golden atmosphere.
That core isn’t the lump of rock and ice that many scientists had envisioned, the new study finds. Instead, the core is diffuse, pervaded by huge amounts of hydrogen and helium and so spread out that it spans 70,000 kilometers, or about 60 percent of the planet’s diameter, researchers report April 28 at arXiv.org.
The Tatarstan president expressed his interest in bioprotein production
Tatarstan can become a pilot region to produce biological fodder protein made from methane. At least, the republic’s interest in this new area in biotechnologies was expressed at another board meeting of Tatneftekhiminvest-holding on 31 March, which was traditionally chaired by the republic’s President Rustam Minnikhanov.
Chernyshenko in Innopolis: personnel with 'digital skills' to determine everything
University rectors are told to go through the assessment screen and train a million IT specialists. And Innopolis obtains a new high status. The vaccine of mass digitalisation in the training of personnel for the Russian economy was prescribed by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko at an off-site working meeting that finished late on 6 March in Innopolis near Kazan. The meeting brought together rectors of 500 Russian universities. Chernyshenko told them to urgently train a million IT specialists. But first, the rectors will go through a mass system of competence assessment — a comprehensive assessment.
Russian wheat sets price record on global market
Export quotas and taxes on Russian grain implemented to secure food prices in the domestic market have resulted in a record price growth. Analysts consider that the Kremlin’s tax move may make Russian wheat uncompetitive and enable other exporters to gain bigger market shares.
Space station detectors found the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning
A ‘blue bang’ sparks an unusual type of lightning in the upper atmospher. The International Space Station spotted an exotic type of upside-down lightning called a blue jet (illustrated) zipping up from a thundercloud into the stratosphere in 2019.
Russia's only museum dedicated to the history of the Old Believers opens in Kazan
On December 5, one more museum opened in Kazan — the Museum of the History of Old Believers opened in the building of the Pokrovsky Cathedral of the Kazan-Vyatka Diocese of the Russian Old Believer Church. It was planned to open the museum to visitors earlier, but the coronavirus epidemic made its own adjustments. The grand opening of the first museum exhibition was held with participation of Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov and Metropolitan of the Old Believers' Church of Russia Cornelius.
Immunity to COVID-19 may persist six months or more
Evidence is emerging that the coronavirus sparks potentially lasting protection in some people
As coronavirus cases in the United States and around the world rise, scientists are uncovering hints that immunity for those who have had COVID-19 can last at least six months, if not longer.
How new technologies and equipment in medicine save lives?
The current epidemiological situation has shifted the focus from the work of doctors not related to coronavirus. At the same time, technologies continue to improve, and new advanced solutions for helping people are appearing in Tatarstan.
A photon’s journey through a hydrogen molecule is the shortest event ever timed
The time it takes for a single particle of light to pass through a hydrogen molecule is now the shortest duration ever measured.
The brain rhythms that detach us from reality
The rhythmic activity of a single layer of neurons has now been shown to cause dissociation — an experience involving a feeling of disconnection from the surrounding world.
If bacteria band together, they can survive for years in space
Dead outer microbes protect inner ones in clumps attached to the International Space Station
Outer space is not friendly to life. Extreme temperatures, low pressure and radiation can quickly degrade cell membranes, destroy DNA and kill any life-forms that somehow find themselves in the void.
The quantum Hall effect continues to reveal its secrets to mathematicians and physicists
A transformative experiment is yielding fresh insights 40 years after the effect’s discovery — and energizing transdisciplinary collaborations.
At a lecture in 1939, Paul Dirac said that “pure mathematics and physics are becoming ever more closely connected”. He went on to say that the two subjects might unify, with “every branch of pure mathematics then having its physical application”.
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