Imprisonment for scientist who created the first genetically modified human infants

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The Chinese researcher, who sparked a global scandal last year when he announced that the first genetically modified human infants had come to the world, was sentenced to serve three years in prison, the Chinese state news agency reported.

He was also sentenced to pay a fine of 3 million yuan (about 384,000 euros), according to the same source.

Ho Jianqui announced in November 2018 that he was able to bring into this wolrd twin girls with modified DNA that made them AIDS-safe (their father was a carrier of HIV). The Chinese authorities, then accused him of being too loose with this kind of scientific activity, ordered that any such investigation must be terminated immediately and announced that a police investigation would be launched.

He was sentenced today by a court in Shenzhen, the metropolitan area of ​​southern China, where he conducted his investigation for “illegally modifying embryos for reproduction,” New China agency said.

The agency noted that three genetically modified babies were born based on the scientist’s research.

The Chinese authorities had confirmed in January 2019 that a second woman was giving birth to another genetically modified fetus in addition to the twins, but the birth of the baby has not been confirmed until now.

He, a former assistant professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology, as well as two other scientists, were convicted of unlawful medical practices and violating the rules and ethics of the Chinese scientific community, the New China agency said.

Real Madrid is the top team of the decade according to UEFA

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Real Madrid has emerged from the UEFA standings as the top team of the decade and not unjustly, having won the European Championship four times since 2010.

With Zinedine Zidane on the bench, they have won three consecutive season finals in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and they have been in the semifinals four more times in the last 10 years.

It is worth noting, however, that he failed to qualify beyond the “16” phase in 2010 and 2019.

The second team, Bayern Munich is just 11 points behind Real Madrid.

The Bavarians have won one title in 2013, but have reached the final twice, where they have been defeated by Chelsea and Inter and have been eliminated twice in the quarter-finals.

The third team, Barcelona, ​​has played one game less than the Germans, two less than the Madrillians and is just one point behind Bayern Munich.

The Blaugrana have won the 2011 and 2015 titles, competed in four semifinals and been eliminated four times in the “8” phase.

What about the other seven teams in the top 10

These three teams have stood out in the competition since 2010, with Juventus following their own numbers, counting 40 fewer games than Real Madrid, having been absent from the institution for two seasons (2010/11 and 2011/12). .

Juventus is continuously present as … Italy’s permanent champion with eight consecutive wins, twice in the final.

We have to get down to … half the table to find the first Premier League team and this is Manchester City. The ‘Citizens’ are nine points behind Paris Saint-Germain, with both teams not yet making it to the final.

Atletico Madrid follow in the footsteps of closing out the Spanish presence in the top ten, while Chelsea and Manchester United meet below, with the Londoners also winning one in 2012.

The Top-10 closes with a surprise team, Dinamo Zagreb.

Croatians have had the most participation in the institution in the decade (behind the Top-3) and have been absent only twice in the last decade.

In fact, Dynamo may not have managed to qualify for the group stage most of the time, but it is only two points less than the “Red Devils”.

Last but not least, Liverpool’s absence from the list is not surprising as they may have reached the final in 2018 and conquered it in 2019, but they were abscent all the previous years.

Germany’s arms exports approved in 2019 have reached a record level

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The total value of military equipment exports approved by the German government in 2019 reached a record amount of almost € 8 billion, according to figures from the Ministry of Finance that came to the knowledge of the German Agency.

By December 15, the government approved arms exports worth € 7.95 billion, the largest amount since 2015, according to figures released by the finance ministry.

This year’s amount comes after three consecutive years of contraction in exports, and from the amount of 2015 when exports of military equipment amounted to 7.86 billion euros.

Compared to 2018, authorized exports increased by 65%.

Nearly 1.77 billion euros worth of military equipment was exported to Hungary (a NATO member), followed by Egypt with 802 million euros worth of arms exports and the US 483 million euros.

Authorizations have risen sharply since the start of 2019. By the middle of the year, export licenses had already exceeded those of last year, totaling € 5.3 billion.

Finance Minister Peter Altmayer said the increase was due to the lengthy process of forming a government after the 2017 elections, which created a backlog of decisions.

The share of controversial exports to so-called third countries that are neither EU members nor NATO – such as Australia – fell this year from 52.9% to 44.2% compared to the previous year. However, the sheer amount has increased by almost € 1 billion.

“These dramatic figures show that the whole export control system simply does not work,” said Sevim Dagdelen, foreign policy chief for DiLinke.

Avangard, Russia’s “absolute weapon” that is “practically invisible”

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Avangard’s first supersonic missiles, one of the new weapons deployed by Moscow and, according to President Vladimir Putin, are “practically invisible“, announced today that Russia is on operational alert.

This system is part of a new generation of rockets capable of, according to Moscow, hitting a target almost anywhere in the world and penetrating any existing missile shield, such as the system developed by the United States in Europe.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed President Putin that at 10:00 Moscow time  the first constitution equipped with the new Avangard strategic supersonic systems was put into operational readiness,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, according to Russian news agencies.

Shoigu congratulated the Russian military, saying the missile deployment was “a fantastic event for the country and for the armed forces”, as reported by TASS and the French Agency.

In December 2018, the Russian military had announced that the first Avangard missile regiment would be deployed in the Orenburg region, in the Urals.

The Avangard can develop a speed of 27 Mach (max 27), that is 27 times the speed of sound, meaning 33,000 km / h. It can change course and height, making it “practically invisible“, according to the Russian president.

Vladimir Putin had compared the Avangard missiles, which were successfully tested in December 2018 with a 4,000 km range “with the creation of the first artificial satellite on Earth”, a reference to Sputnik launched in 1957 and symbolizing its technological pioneer against the United States in the midst of the Cold War.

“It’s an intercontinental non-ballistic missile system. It is the ultimate weapon,” the Russian president had said with apparent satisfaction in June 2018. “I don’t think only one country will have such a weapon in the years to come. We already have it,” he added, as relations with the West are at their lowest point.

Another weapon that has also been described as “invisible” by Putin, the fifth-generation intercontinental Sarmat ballistic missile, is expected to be delivered to the Russian Armed Forces in 2020. Sarmat has “no practical limits on range” and will be “Capable of firing at targets crossing the North as well as the South Pole”.

“Our galaxy has a mass as large as 890 billion suns”

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Our galaxy is about 890 billion times larger than our Sun, according to a new, more accurate scientific estimate. This is equivalent to 296 square miles of Earth’s mass.

It is difficult to measure the mass of the galaxy because we live inside it. As there is no way to put our galaxies in… scales, weights are based on the movements of the stars inside a galaxy, which reveal how their gravity affects them.

But while this is easier for another galaxy like Andromeda, in the case of our own galaxy most of it is hidden from us on Earth. Nearby stars and dust clouds hide the farthest stars from our view.

Researchers, led by astrophysicist Fabio Loko of Imperial College in London, who made the relaunch on arXiv, estimated that 93% of our galaxy’s total mass (as much as 830 billion suns) is dark matter.

Manuel Marero is Cuba’s new Prime Minister

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The Cuban National Assembly appointed Manuel Marero as new prime minister last Saturday, an office that had ceased to exist in the Caribbean country since 1976 but was re-established this year, state media reported.

Marero, 56, who has studied architecture, has been the tourism minister since 2004.

The proposal to call Prime Minister Marero “was approved by the Political Bureau of the Communist Party,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel told members of parliament.

The National Assembly, which meets twice a year, convened Friday and Saturday morning to implement many of the reforms envisaged in the revision of the Constitution adopted in April, including the re-appointment of the chief of staff.

The former prime minister of the Cuban government (1959-1976) was Fidel Castro.

President Diaz Canel has overly broad powers and will now “assist the Prime Minister in fulfilling his duties“, Granma, a body of the Cuban Communist Party, had recently explained.

“The prime minister will be able to appoint or replace chiefs and functionaries” of public services, central government and the state and will exercise control over the work of provincial governors.

Marero began his career in 1999, when he became vice president of the large armed Gaviota hotel group, before retiring a year later.

Although an official of the Communist Party, it is not – unlike many other Cuban leaders – a member of the Central Committee at present, nor of its supreme body, the Political Bureau.

In proposing his appointment, President Diaz Canel praised the new prime minister’s “modesty, honesty, humility in his job, political sensitivity and loyalty to the party and the revolution”.

Marero “remarkably directed the tourism sector, one of the key development axes of the national economy,” the head of state added.

The head of the tourism ministry for 15 years turned this field of activity into the most important for the island’s economy, closing dozens of deals with foreign groups and cultivating relationships with the growing private sector. He has managed to bypass the sanctions imposed by the US.

In the one year and eight months since Miguel Diaz-Canel took office, most ministerial portfolios have changed hands, as the Cuban government mechanism is undergoing a generation change.

“The head of government will be the president’s right hand in the exercise of power,” commented the state-run Cubadebate news website.

According to William Liograd, a professor of public administration and a Cuban specialist at the American University of Washington, the role of a prime minister differs greatly from that in multi-party systems. “It’s a division of responsibilities rather than a division of powers,” he explains.

Fidel Castro remained prime minister until 1976, when the post was abolished and the emblematic leader of the Cuban revolution became head of the Communist Party, the State Council and the Cabinet. He handed over power to his brother Raul in 2006. He died in 2016. Raul Castro resigned as president in 2018, but remains head of the Communist Party.

Under the new constitution, President Diaz Canel is no longer the head of the State Council – the role of the president of the National Assembly is taken over by Esteban Lasso – nor of the cabinet. However, he retains the last word.

Government officials describe the changes of the Cuban government structures as a process of increasing scrutiny and transparency, improving bureaucratic management and a state-controlled economy.

The main consequences of abstaining from sex

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Sex life is undoubtedly an indicator of physical and mental health, and experts say the benefits of frequent intercourse are more than we think.

It is precisely for this reason that abstinence from sex can have an impact on people’s health and bring about both physical and psychological changes.

Below you can see three of them …

Bad memory

Studies that have been published in scientific publications from time to time have shown that sexual intercourse promotes the process of creating new neurons in the brain, enhancing mental performance and memory.

More stress

Research published in the journal Biological Psychology has suggested that sex is associated with better physical and mental health. It has also been observed that sex acts as a “stress management” mechanism, since it is associated with a smaller increase in blood pressure levels under stress conditions. So when there is abstinence from sex, the stress increases to some extent.

Weaker immune system

Sex protects against colds and other infections, according to a 2004 study published in the journal Psychological Reports. According to the researchers’ findings, sex is associated with elevated levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) in the body, an antigen that is the “first line of defense” against colds and flu.

Millions of Facebook users have seen their information exposed on the Internet

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It looks like information from millions of Facebook users have emerged in the forum.

According to Comparitech’s report, user IDs, names and phone numbers of 267 million Facebook users leaked into hacker forums as a list that anyone could download.

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We are looking into the matter, but we believe this is information gained before changes have been made in recent years to better protect the world’s information,” said a Facebook spokesman.

Specifically, the survey reports the database was registered on December 4, the hacker forum was posted on December 12, Comparitech researchers found it on December 14 and sent a report to the provider handling the server’s IP address, while the database was withdrawn on December 19.

This is not the first time this year that user data has been exposed by Facebook on the internet. As of September, 419 million files were leaked, and errors from partner companies exposed 540 million user files during the year.

Why some countries pull fireworks off the shelves

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Fireworks yes or no? The debate on climate protection is intensifying just before the end of the year. A number of retailers this year are pulling out of their shelves fireworks, a highly lucrative commodity designed to contribute to better environmental protection.

”The show lasts an hour but we need animal protection and fresh air daily. And the fireworks are not compatible with them”,says Uli Butnik. Rewe’s supermarkets, in south Dortmund, will not have fireworks on their shelves this year.

For many environmental activists, fireworks have been a major problem for years because they cause suspended particulates and are dangerous to animals and children.

German Environment Assistance believes that it is time for change, as citizens are more aware of environmental issues than ever before.

And it’s not just some branches of the Rewe chain that will stop selling fireworks. From 2020 onwards, the Hornbach Building and Construction Materials chain, will not sell these products. A spokesman for the Edeka chain in Bochum will also avoid the sale of festive fireworks, noting that “there is a lot of hypocrisy in the world.” The subject of suspended microparticles is in all mouths all year long, except for New Year’s.

Great demand despite awareness

Traders point out that they are reluctant to sell festive fireworks, a significantly profitable product without even knowing how consumers will react. The competition is great and if the customer does not find what he is looking for in one store he will go to the next.

The industry across Germany last year made a turnover of 133 million euros and estimates that this year it will move to the same level.

Uwe Krieger of the Cologne Institute for Trade Research estimates that demand will remain very high.“I don’t think consumers will spend less money on fireworks this year. Demand is high and it would not be good for customers not to be served”, so big supermarket chains such as Aldi, Lidl, Kaufland and Real have announced that they will continue to sell fireworks because customers are still willing to buy.

Australia: Tuesday was the hottest day in history with average temperatures above 40 degrees

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Australia had the hottest day in its history yesterday, with the average temperature in the country reaching a historic high of 40.9 degrees Celsius.

The Australian Meteorological Service said ”the extensive heat pushed the mercury above its previous record of 40.3 degrees Celsius”, which was recorded on 7 January 2013.

”The temperature was recorded while Australia was still battling both severe drought and the fire crisis”, as the BBC notes.

Indeed, meteorologists are expecting even more heat later in the week, which means that the current record may soon be surpassed.

Many sub-record temperatures were also surpassed this Tuesday in Australia and in some places the thermometer was even above 45 degrees.

Earlier this week, Perth recorded temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days.

As hundreds of fires rage, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has received strong criticism for his response to natural disasters and his government’s climate policy.