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May, 2020


Трамп, оказывается, обманщик!

Трамп, оказывается, обманщик!

Когда наука становится уродливой – Филипп Ленард и Альберт Эйнштейн

When Science Gets Ugly – the Story of Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein Their dispute sheds considerable light on the power of nonscientific concerns to sway scientists. Richard Gunderman Photo from NASA via Wikimedia Commons. Scientists are not always as scientific as many suppose. Recent well-publicized cases of scientific fraud prove that scientists can be as susceptible to the allures of wealth, power and fame as politicians, the group that enjoys the lowest public trust. Glaring recent cases have included falsified results in the development of an HIV vaccine andRead More

The Photographer Who Captured America’s Dark Side

The Photographer Who Captured America’s Dark Side By documenting the little things, Robert Frank changed an entire nation’s image of itself. Lucas Reilly Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images On a hot September day in 1957, Jack Kerouac sat on a New York City sidewalk holding America in his hands. At least, that’s how it felt. In reality, he held a book of photographs taken by a Swiss photographer named Robert Frank. Like Kerouac, who had recently released On the Road, Frank had just completed a historic road trip across America.Read More

Robert Frank Photographer

Robert Frank Dies; Pivotal Documentary Photographer Was 94 Mr. Frank, best known for his groundbreaking book, “The Americans,” had a visually raw and personally expressive style that made him one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Philip Gefter   Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, whose visually raw and personally expressive style was pivotal in changing the course of documentary photography, died on Monday in Inverness, Nova Scotia. He was 94. His death, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on Cape BretonRead More

Biblical Mystery

A Biblical Mystery at Oxford A renowned scholar claimed that he discovered a first-century gospel fragment. Now he’s facing allegations of antiquities theft, cover-up, and fraud. Courtesy of the Egypt Exploration Society and the University of Oxford Imaging Papyri Project   by Ariel Sabar On the evening of February 1, 2012, more than 1,000 people crowded into an auditorium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event was a showdown between two scholars over an explosive question in biblical studies: Is the original text of the New TestamentRead More

Нью-Йоркер: Игорь Левит не похож на других пианистов

Igor Levit Is Like No Other Pianist He’s a political activist. His repertory is vast. And, during Germany’s shutdown, he streamed more than fifty performances from home. It’s made him question what a concert can be.  Alex Ross On March 10th, the German pianist Igor Levit played Beethoven’s Third and Fifth Piano Concertos at the Elbphilharmonie, the hulking concert complex in Hamburg. It was his thirty-third birthday and, it turned out, his last public concert for many weeks. The next day, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, delivered a dire warningRead More

WIRED: Hacker who saved the internet

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story. Photograph: Ramona Rosales At around 7 am on a quiet Wednesday in August 2017, Marcus Hutchins walked out the front door of the Airbnb mansion in Las Vegas where he had been partying for the past week and a half. A gangly, 6’4″, 23-year-old hacker with an explosion of blond-brown curls,Read More

Пандемия рассорила Минск и Москву

Пандемия коронавируса снова рассорила Минск и Москву.    А белорусский парад на День Победы усугубил ситуацию 01:39, 12 мая 2020 Источник: Meduza Президент Белоруссии Александр Лукашенко выступает с речью на параде в Минске в честь 75-летия победы в Великой Отечественной войне. 9 мая 2020 года Сергей Гапон / pool / AP / Scanpix / LETA В мае провластные СМИ двух стран активизировали информационную войну. Из Белоруссии выслали корреспондента Первого канала МИД Белоруссии 6 мая лишил аккредитации корреспондента российского Первого канала Алексея Кручинина и предписал ему покинуть страну до конца суток. Также был лишен аккредитации оператор канала Сергей Панасюк, гражданин Белоруссии. Поводом для высылки Кручинина сталRead More

Плохая компания: Как бизнесмены из южной России захватили контроль над московской похоронной индустрией и кто помог им в этом

Bad company How businessmen from southern Russia seized control of Moscow’s funeral industry, and who helped them do it 9:00 am, July 1, 2019 Source: Meduza In May 2016, bullets flew at Moscow’s Khovanskoye Cemetery as upwards of 400 men fought over the graveyard, resulting in three deaths. The violence meant the end of an era in the capital’s funeral business, completing the redistribution of the industry. Those in control until then hailed from the town of Khimki, just outside Moscow, and it was their efforts to maintain a footholdRead More

Иван Голунов получил награду за статью, за которую его арестовали

Ivan Golunov Wins Award For Article That Got Him Arrested November 18, 2019 Anna Nemtsova, Olga Romanova, Ivan Golunov and Masha Slonim. Photo A. Mikhailovna In June 2019, Meduza investigative journalist Ivan Golunov was arrested by authorities in Moscow for allegedly selling drugs; charges that, after five days of mass civic action and social outcry, were dropped. Golunov’s inquisitive eye and keen interest in corruption have made him some enemies among high-ranking law enforcement officials. Indeed, many have speculated that it was his investigation into a funeral racket connected to the RussianRead More

Эдвард Сноуден о Трампе, конфиденциальности и угрозах демократии

  Full Interview: Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy | The 11th Hour | MSNBC 6,554,370 views •Sep 17, 2019 72K5.5KSHARESAVE   MSNBC 2.98M subscribers SUBSCRIBE On the eve of his memoir ‘Permanent Record’ being published, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talked at length from Moscow with MSNBC’s Brian Williams in an exclusive interview. This is their discussion in its entirety, edited down slightly for clarity. Aired on 9/17/2019. » Subscribe to MSNBC: MSNBC delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of politics headlines, as well as commentary andRead More

The Atlantic: Пандемии оставляют нас навсегда измененными

Pandemics Leave Us Forever Altered What history can tell us about the long-term effects of the coronavirus June 2020 Issue Charles C. Mann Contributing writer at The Atlantic Doctors treat an influenza patient at the U.S. Naval Hospital in New Orleans during the 1918 pandemic. (MPI / Getty) In 2008 a young economist named Craig Garthwaite went looking for sick people. He found them in the National Health Interview Survey. Conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau since 1957, the NHIS is the oldest and biggest continuing effort to trackRead More

Китайская сделка о глобальном влиянии окупается

China’s Bargain on Global Influence Is Paying Off The U.S. gives more money than China to many international organizations. So why do they seem more sympathetic to Beijing? Kathy Gilsinan Shutterstock / The Atlantic This spring, President Donald Trump declared that he would halt U.S. funding for the World Health Organization, previously more than $400 million annually—and he announced this right in the midst of a global pandemic. A week later, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged another $30 million—which would nowhere near make up for the shortfall (not to mentionRead More

Ultraviolet Zap Coronavirus

Scientists Consider Indoor Ultraviolet Light to Zap Coronavirus in the Air Some researchers hope a decades-old technology might get its moment and be deployed in stores, restaurants and schools. A patient room with an ultraviolet light, upper left, installed to zap pathogens. The practice, called upper-room ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, was first tested in the earlier half of the 20th century.Credit…UVResources Kenneth Chang As society tries to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, some scientists hope a decades-old technology could zap pathogens out of the air in stores, restaurants and classrooms, potentially playingRead More

What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane?

Five years ago, the flight vanished into the Indian Ocean. Officials on land know more about why than they dare to say. Mendelsund & Munday Story by William Langewiesche 1. The Disappearance At 12:42 a.m. on the quiet, moonlit night of March 8, 2014, a Boeing 777-200ER operated by Malaysia Airlines took off from Kuala Lumpur and turned toward Beijing, climbing to its assigned cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. The designator for Malaysia Airlines is MH. The flight number was 370. Fariq Hamid, the first officer, was flying the airplane.Read More

Конец имперского президентства

By ceding control over the government’s pandemic response, Trump is allowing American governors to flex new muscles. Peter Nicholas  Kathy Gilsinan Shutterstock / The Atlantic Democrats have long feared that in a national crisis, President Donald Trump would seize the chance to stretch his powers and sweep aside constitutional restraints. Yet as the pandemic rages, Trump may be creating an unanticipated legacy: By ceding some control to the states, he’s allowing the nation’s governors to reacquire executive muscle that has withered in the age of the imperial presidency. However inadvertent,Read More

НЙ Таймс: Россия была готова отпраздновать славное прошлое

Russia Was Ready to Celebrate a Glorious Past. The Present Intervened. As the coronavirus began its inexorable march across the country’s 11 time zones, it robbed the capital of lives, and also its chance to come together over a shared victory. Military planes flying over an empty  Red Square in Moscow on Monday during a rehearsal for one of the few May 9 Victory Day events that remain. By Andrew Higgins Photographs by Sergey Ponomarev MOSCOW — As the coronavirus began its silent but relentless march on Moscow in February,Read More

НЙ Таймс: Олигархи России берут на себя ответственность

As Local Health Systems Buckle, Russia’s Oligarchs Take Charge The growing role of business tycoons in the fight against the coronavirus highlights the weaknesses of the state apparatus built by President Vladimir V. Putin. Red Square in Moscow last month. About half of the known coronavirus cases in Russia are in the capital.Credit…Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times  Anton Troianovski MOSCOW — As the coronavirus pandemic gained pace in Russia this spring, a billionaire steel magnate, Aleksei A. Mordashov, called four regional governors and urged them to lock down theRead More

Три российских врача выпали из окон

Three Russian doctors have fallen from hospital windows in two weeks, amid reports of dire conditions Cemetery employees bury a coronavirus victim in a special section of a graveyard on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, on May 6, 2020. (Anatoly Maltsev/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Isabelle Khurshudyan  May 6, 2020 at 2:17 p.m. EDT MOSCOW — The two Russian paramedics were dressed for work in the video, masks covering their noses and mouths as they delivered a grim dispatch. The narrator identified himself as Alexander Kosyakin and his colleague as Alexander Shulepov. Shulepov hadRead More

He Found One of Stalin’s Mass Graves. Now He’s in Jail.

The discovery by Yuri Dmitriev, after years of searching, “has clearly made some people very uncomfortable,” his daughter says. The forest at Sandarmokh in the northwestern Russian region of Karelia, where thousands of victims of Stalin were executed.Credit…Davide Monteleone for The New York Times Andrew Higgins   SANDARMOKH, Russia — The day began, like many others in her childhood years, with hours of tramping through an insect-infested forest with the family dog while her eccentric father, Yuri Dmitriev, wandered off to hunt in vain for corpses buried among the trees.Read More

Путин и Вирус

Putin, Russia’s Man of Action, Is Passive, Even Bored, in the Coronavirus Era The pandemic has derailed Vladimir V. Putin’s plans for a big military parade and a referendum extending his rule — and now knocked out his prime minister — as the Russian leader struggles to find his stride. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia led a meeting with members of the country’s Security Council via a video link from his country residence outside Moscow this month.Credit…Sputnik/Reuters Andrew Higgins MOSCOW — This was supposed to be a moment ofRead More

Нью Йорк Таймс: Кризис в Церкви Кирилла

A ‘Breakdown of Trust’: Pandemic Corrodes Church-State Ties in Russia Even as the monasteries of the Orthodox Church are besieged by the coronavirus, apocalyptic-minded priests balk at state restrictions on public worship. Patriarch Kirill, in the white headdress, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, at a procession in Moscow last month. Experts say his reluctance to enforce orders against church gatherings has led to an explosion of coronavirus cases in monasteries and convents.Credit…Patriarchal Press Service, via Reuters Andrew Higgins MOSCOW — A physics student at Moscow State University, Dmitri PelipenkoRead More

Рубашка Байден Трамп

Ракеты НАСА

NASA Picks Moon Lander Designs by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Rocket Companies It seems unlikely the space agency will meet President Trump’s goal of a return to the lunar surface by the end of 2024. The core stage of NASA’s Artemis rocket, which would take astronauts to the moon, at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans in January.Credit…Jude Guidry/NASA By Kenneth Chang NASA announced on Thursday that it had picked three designs for spacecraft to take astronauts back to the surface of the moon. Two are from prominentRead More

Eric Schmidt: Я могу решить все вопросы

‘I Could Solve Most of Your Problems’: Eric Schmidt’s Pentagon Offensive The former Google C.E.O. has reinvented himself as the prime liaison between Silicon Valley and the military-industrial complex. By Kate Conger and Cade Metz In July 2016, Raymond Thomas, a four-star general and head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, hosted a guest: Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google. General Thomas, who served in the 1991 gulf war and deployed many times to Afghanistan, spent the better part of a day showing Mr. Schmidt around Special Operations Command’s headquartersRead More

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