Human ancestors turned out to be older than thought

View this post on Instagram Publication from Research News (@research_news) The first Homo sapiens fossils from East Africa turned out to be about 30 thousand years older than previously thought. The remains, known as Omo I, were found near the Omo River in Ethiopia in 1967. The study of the partially preserved skull and several other bones showed that the ancient hominid possessed the features of a modern man — a high spherical vault of the skull and a characteristic chin. Scientists assumed that it was about 200 thousand years old, but this dating was considered not entirely accurate. Prehistoric bones were found in an area of high volcanic activity, so scientists tried to date volcanic ash in the layers from which the remains were extracted. However, radiometric methods worked inaccurately because the ash was too fine-grained. In a new study, scientists have been trying for about 4 years to date

Scientists are closer to unraveling the origin of life on Earth

Proteins with the ability to bind metals may be responsible for the origin of life on Earth. This conclusion was reached by researchers from Rutgers University in the USA. They wondered what properties define life as such, and came to the conclusion that living organisms are able to collect and convert solar, geothermal or other energy. From a molecular point of view, this means that the ability to transfer electrons is crucial for life. Since metals cope best with this task, and most of the biological activity is carried out by proteins, scientists decided to study more closely the proteins that bind metals. Having developed a new computational method, they compared all existing protein structures that bind metals to establish any common features. It turned out that the vast majority of currently existing metal-binding proteins are somewhat similar, regardless of the type of metal with which they are bound. “We

Virologist Chumakov called the main changes in the symptoms of “omicron”

“The disease is now proceeding in a fairly mild form, and mortality has significantly decreased. While earlier, about 2% of those who fell ill died, now it is about 0.1%,” he said. The scientist noted that the virus has changed: to date, young people are becoming more ill with it, whose course of the disease is much easier. “Previously, the old versions of children were practically not touched. Young people endured it without noticing on their feet. Now young and middle-aged people get sick much more compared to the elderly,” Chumakov said. According to him, omicron mainly affects the upper respiratory tract, and also does not progress into pneumonia, as was the case with the original variants of COVID-19. Among the main manifestations of the omicron strain, Chumakov singled out: headache, runny nose, lack of loss of smell, cough and irritation in the nose. “It lasts from one day to

Brazilian state goes under water due to record rains

Brazil state sinks as record rains More than 20 people have died as a result of the disaster. Berlin: Berlin Weather: Now 2 Week Forecast Monthly Forecast Devastation from flooding and landslides continued in #Brazil's Minas Gerais on Wednesday after the state was pummeled by heavy rainfall to start the year. Landslips have killed at least 24 people in recent days. — No Comment (@nocomment) January 13, 2022 Seasonal downpours hit northern, central, and southeastern parts of Brazil in mid-January. The state of Minas Gerais in the south-east of the country suffered the most. There, the precipitation was so heavy that it caused floods and mudflows, as a result of which 24 people died in just a few days. It is reported that about 3.5 thousand people were left homeless and about 17 thousand people were evacuated from the disaster zone. Due to showers, floods and mudflows in the region, 112 highways were blocked, due to some settlements

Putin called the Investigative Committee one of the most important parts of the law enforcement system

“Over the past time, the Investigative Committee has proved its effectiveness, has become one of the most important, key parts of the domestic law enforcement system. Preserving and  developing the traditions that have developed in  the department, you are at the forefront of the fight crime and corruption, firmly defend the interests of the state, the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Russia  — said in the telegram. Putin stressed that this responsible work requires exceptional competence, adherence to principles, loyalty to official duty, as their professional and personal qualities largely depend on the successful solution of the challenges facing  department of tasks, people's faith in the triumph of law and justice.

US and NATO are ready to hold a new meeting with Russia

According to the State Department on Friday, the USA and NATO are ready to hold a new meeting with Russia. “Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the next steps after the meeting of the Russia Council — NATO 12 January. The United States and NATO are ready to meet again with Russia and committed to continuing diplomatic engagement and reciprocal dialogue  — noted in a written statement by U.S. Foreign Office spokesman Ned Price.

Lisbon city hall fined for disclosing personal data of oppositionists from Russia, Venezuela and other countries

Proceedings in this case began with the fact that Russian political emigrants living in Portugal discovered in the middle of last year that that the mayor's office handed over personal data to the Russian embassy — names, addresses,  phone numbers — the organizers of the action in support of Alexei Navalny. The Portuguese Data Protection Commission conducted an investigation and found out that the city authorities under the leadership of the then socialist mayor Fernando Medina in 2018—2021 violated the law 225 times, by transferring the personal data of the participants of 52 different actions to the embassies of Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Angola, Israel and other countries. The mayor's office transmitted data to the embassies and until 2018, but at then time it is not yet  ;was a violation of the law: the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018. The report of Data Protection commission says that for  ;Some of the cases could fine 20 million euros for each but the commission took pity on the mayor's office, taking into attention its financial difficulties due to pandemic. The mayor's office,

Planes with Russian CSTO peacekeepers departed from Kazakhstan

“Units of Russian peacekeepers from the composition of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO in Kazakhstan loaded military equipment into aircrafts of VTA Il- 76 and An-124 and departed from Alma-Ata», — the message says. Fifteen Il-76s and three An-124s will deliver personnel and equipment of airborne units to airfields in Ivanovo and Moscow regions. Then the peacekeepers will return to points of permanent deployment. For assistance to CSTO “in overcoming the terrorist threat” President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev asked on January 5 after riots broke out in the country amid protests against a doubling of prices for liquefied gas. According to the UN, about 1,000 people were injured during the protests in Kazakhstan. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic, 17 Kazakh security officials were killed, more than 1.3 thousand were injured. The CSTO Collective Security Council decided to send collective peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan to normalize the situation in the country. Military personnel from Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took

The United States will appeal to the UN Security Council in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine

The publication notes that the there the United States can do little in the UN Security Council against Russia, which has veto power there, in order to force it to abandon the supposedly planned invasion of the territory of Ukraine. However, American leader Joe Biden hopes to attract the attention of the world community to the problem at the expense of the authority of the organization by entering into a confrontation. The US President intends to “demonstrate the diplomatic isolation of Russia” and, if possible, drive a wedge between Russia and her most powerful ally — China”, which stands for the sovereignty and inviolability of the territorial integrity of the states of the world. The publication reports, with a high-ranking American official, that the United States has already informed its allies in Europe and the Security Council The UN and prepare for public confrontation.      the U.S. stressed that potential Russian interference in the affairs of Ukraine strikes at the heart heart of the UN Charter, so Washington intends to draw attention to the crisis situation and demonstrate Russia's isolation on the

Reuters: The United States discussed with energy companies supplies to Europe in the event of a conflict between Russia and Ukraine

WASHINGTON, January 15. /TASS/. Representatives of the US State Department held consultations with international energy companies about possible plans to supply gas to Europe in the event that existing channels are disrupted as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. This was reported by Reuters on Friday with a link to representatives of the US government. «We consulted also with energy companies, <…> we spoke with them about their concerns   we spoke a a a a a of  the agency cites the words of one of the & nbsp; sources. At the same time, he noted that the US authorities did asked the companies to increase production volumes. According to these data, the consultations were led by the State Department's senior adviser on energy security Amos Hoksteen. It is noted that the it was in particular the possible interruptions in supplies that may occur in the event the United States imposes sanctions against Russia as as a result of the start of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev.