For the sake of health and healing. In Moscow, the Buddha Palace was destroyed

For nine days, in the Moscow representation of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia, monks built this mandala (or palace) out of sand.

“In Buddhism, there are mandalas of wisdom, longevity, protection, and compassion for all living beings,” says Bair Lama Tsympilov, chairman of the Moscow Buddhist community. The mandala, dedicated to the Buddha of Medicine Otosho, gives health and well-being to all those who live on the land where it is being built. This is especially true today during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo: Moscow representative office of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha

The process of creating a mandala is painstaking. On a square canvas, the outlines are drawn in the form of a circle, inside which the lamas begin to lay out the drawing, moving from the center to the periphery. The building material is a special sand colored with different minerals. On the ninth day, when the butler is completely ready, it is destroyed. 

Photo: AIF/Irina Malina

— This centuries-old tradition is not invented by us, — tells Bator Lama who studied the art of creating mandalas in Buryatia for many years. Both construction and destruction are a ritual that shows that everything in the world is impermanent compared to eternity. During the creation of the mandala, by reciting mantras and tatras, this sand palace accumulates tremendous energy. Afterafter its destruction, we distribute some of the sand to the believers, and lower the rest into the river.

Photo: AIF/Irina Malina

As the Buddhists say, thanks to the water cycle in nature, today’s blessing will descend on every citizen.


Portrait of Wasserman from almost two thousand Rubik’s cubes collected in Moscow

The presentation of the work this weekend was held in one of the capital’s shopping centers as part of a meeting of the famous polymath with the volunteers of his “Academy”.

According to one of the authors of the work, Maxim Vetlov, the image consists of 1650 cubes.

The three volunteers worked on the 50 by 33 cm mosaic, which took them three days. The portrait was divided into 15 blocks, each of the participants collected their own block of the picture, dividing it into colors.

Viktor Rudnev, a volunteer who worked on the most difficult part of the image – the face and hair-shared his impressions.

He said that he greatly respects and appreciates Anatoly Wasserman. “When I was offered to participate in this event, I immediately agreed,” the volunteer admitted. He explained that people are engaged in the assembly of paintings for the sake of interest, there is even a whole direction-speedcubing. “It can’t be called a sport, but people at such competitions collect various puzzles for speed,” added Viktor Rudnev.

Wasserman, in turn, noted that building a Rubik’s cube requires “considerable mental effort”.

The famous polymath expressed his gratitude to the enthusiasts who collected his portrait from unusual materials. “To implement such a portrait is a non-trivial idea. And this gives great value to the resulting portrait, ” said the political consultant.


In the Angara forests, an emergency mode was introduced due to fires

The emergency mode was introduced due to the danger of fires in the forest territories of the Katanga and Ust-Kut districts of the Irkutsk region, the press service of the regional government informed on June 6.

For the past 24 hours in the forests of the region, the Ministry of Emergency Situations liquidated 11 fires on 318.5 hectares. On Sunday morning, five fires on an area of about 3.9 thousand hectares remained undisturbed.

In total, 127 fires were registered in the forests of the Angara region since the beginning of the warm season, the fire covered an area of 10.4 hectares.

Earlier it was reported that in the Tyumen region for a day there were eight wildfires. According to the regional operational headquarters, this year the largest fires in the last ten years have been recorded there, in connection with which the emergency mode has also been in effect since May 11.


Analysts have compiled a list of rare words used in the regions

Yandex.Analytics.Zen and the staff of the Vinogradov Institute of the Russian Language have published a list of dialect words that are used in speech by residents of Russian regions.

To collect unusual vocabulary, philologists used user comments on the Yandex. Zen website. The researchers chose the words that they found most interesting.

So, in the metropolitan region, cafes, restaurants and other public catering establishments can be designated in one word – “eatery”. A multi-storey building in Moscow is called a “man-maker”, and a shopping pavilion is called a “corner”.

In addition to the well-known “curb” – an analogue of the Moscow “curb”, in the vocabulary of residents of the Northern capital found the word “icicles” – so they say about icicles on the roofs. The college there is called “putyaga”, a cigarette butt – “habarik”.

In the Belgorod region, instead of “outwit”, they say “wave”. In the Sverdlovsk region, a large apartment is called “khabazina”. The need to do something very quickly is denoted by the residents of Kuban with the adverb “urgent-fainting”, and instead of “losing” sometimes they say “to miss”. The word “flywheel” is used in the Kaluga region to refer to trash or garbage.

Earlier it was reported that Russian scientists intend to publish a dictionary that will help you understand the language of ticktockers. The book is intended to become a “communication bridge” between the young audience of social networks and the older generation.


The Russian Armed Forces announced the formation of collective immunity to COVID-19

The head of the Military Medical Academy named after S. M. Kirov, Yevgeny Kryukov, said on the sidelines of the SPIEF that Russian servicemen have developed collective immunity to the coronavirus as a result of a successful vaccination campaign, TASS reports.

According to Kryukov, the vaccination of military personnel is almost finished. It was noted that with its voluntary nature, it was easier than for civilians. 

The head of the academy also stressed that many medical developments for the treatment of COVID-19 were first used in the Ministry of Defense. For example, the DoD was the first to use the plasma of patients who had been vaccinated.

Earlier, the WHO said that by the end of the year, countries should vaccinate 30% of the population. At the same time, the director General of the health organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus believes that strains resistant to vaccination may appear. It was emphasized that high-risk groups and health workers should be vaccinated as a priority.  


SpaceX has launched the American satellite SXM-8 into orbit

The American company SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 carrier rocket with a relay satellite SXM-8, the broadcast was conducted on the company’s website.

The launch took place at 00:26 East Coast time from the Cape Canaveral space center in Florida. 31 minutes and 52 seconds after the launch, the satellite was successfully launched into orbit.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 has previously been used twice to deliver Crew Dragon spacecraft to orbit. A few minutes after the launch, she landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Earlier it was reported that SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 launch vehicle with a Dragon cargo ship to the ISS. The launch of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle took place on June 3 from the Cape Canaveral spaceport to the International Space Station. The autonomous docking with the ISS will take place on Saturday, June 5, at 05: 13 East Coast time. Dragon is carrying 3.3 tons of cargo to the ISS. The launch vehicle and spacecraft are owned by the private company SpaceX, which delivers cargo and crew to the ISS under a contract with NASA. 


Eight wildfires occurred in the Tyumen region in a day

Eight wildfires occurred in the Tyumen region during the day, in total, 22 wildfires are operating in the region, according to the regional operational headquarters.

Five forest fires in the region occurred on a total area of 9 hectares, three landscape fires on a total area of 22 hectares.The total number of active forest fires – 18, landscape – four.

It is noted that this year the region recorded the largest fires in the last ten years. Since May 11, a state of emergency in the forests has been introduced in the Tyumen region.

The day before, it was reported that the area of forest fires in Russia increased by almost 20% in a day. Currently, there are 81 natural fires on the territory of the country on an area of 18,040 hectares. The largest of them is observed in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, as well as in Yakutia, Kamchatka Territory, Irkutsk and Tyumen regions.


In the capital region, a yellow level of weather danger was declared

The Hydrometeorological Center reports a yellow level of weather danger in the metropolitan region on June 6 due to wind and thunderstorms.

A warning about thunderstorms and winds of up to 15 meters per second is in effect in Moscow and the Moscow region from 9.00 to 21.00 on Sunday, according to the institution’s website.

Earlier, the meteorologist gave a forecast for the summer in Russia. Inna Latysheva, head of the Basic Department of the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics SB RAS, said that the weather will be mostly warm, but advised not to discount the rapid change of heat and cold waves and their possible delay in any region.

Meanwhile, last May in Moscow became one of the rainiest months of the XXI century. The capital received almost two monthly precipitation norms.


The Ministry of Education is ready to consider alternatives to the Unified State Exam

The head of the Ministry of Education of Russia Sergey Kravtsov on the sidelines of the SPIEF said that the ministry is ready to consider alternative USE mechanisms for assessing the knowledge of schoolchildren, TASS reports.

Kravtsov noted that if another mechanism for assessing students ‘ knowledge, objective and independent, is proposed, it will be considered. At the same time, the minister noted that the ministry has no plans to replace the Unified State Exam at the moment.

Earlier, the Minister of Education informed about the progress of the Unified State Exam. According to Sergey Kravtsov, the exam was held in compliance with the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor. Prior to this, it was reported that students taking the Unified State Exam will not need a coronavirus test or a certificate of vaccination.


Acceleration passed. Which hypersonic systems are most interested in the United States

The United States intends to accelerate the deployment of hypersonic weapons. As noted in the Pentagon, the priority of the United States is the development of air-launched cruise missiles that are compatible with other hypersonic platforms. АиФ.ги I understood what the US wants and what its real capabilities are in the field of hypersound.

Currently, the United States is developing both defensive and offensive systems in this area. Moreover, it is planned that each type of troops will use a standard hypersonic missile, while developing individual weapons systems and launchers.

In August 2020, the US Congressional Research Service reported that the specialized institutes of the US Armed Forces are working on three areas in the field of hypersonic weapons. A non-nuclear rapid strike is being developed, as part of this program, a planning unit and a ballistic missile are being created, launched from the Virginia-class submarines. The development of long-range hypersonic weapons, a planning unit with a range of about, is also underway.2200 kilometers. In particular, the range of the US Army’s Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon hypersonic missile will exceed 2,775 kilometers. A similar indicator will be found in the Conventional Prompt Strike missile of the US Navy. On May 19, the US military revealed details of another of the developments, without giving the name of the program. The long-range hypersonic missile will be capable of reaching speeds of 17 times the speed of sound, and can hit targets at a distance of almost 2.8 thousand

The plans include the creation of air-based rapid reaction weapons. This program involves the creation of a combat unit capable of reaching speeds of up to 20 Mach and a range of about 925 kilometers. Apparently, it is in the priority of the representatives of the Pentagon.

In confirmation of the seriousness of its intentions, the United States constantly conducts weapons tests. For example, on May 28, it was reported that the US Navy conducted the first fire tests of the hypersonic missile engine. Tests of the missile were conducted in the state of Utah under the management of the strategic systems program of the Navy.

But, apparently, the real state of affairs with hypersound in the United States is very different from the plans. For example, in March, the Congressional Budget Office published a report in which the United States acknowledged that it did not have enough advanced technology to create hypersonic weapons. In connection with this, the program of its deployment may be implemented with a long delay. In early April 2021, the US Air Force reported a failure during a test of an air-launched hypersonic weapon. Due to the problems encountered, the launch vehicle did not launch.

But in any case, the development of hypersonic weapons is currently being conducted in broad cooperation by leading American companies. Dynetics Technical Solutions will be the first company to produce prototypes of hypersonic gliding warheads, and Lockheed Martin will serve as a system integrator for this type of weapon. The amount of Lockheed Martin’s contracts for the development of hypersonic weapons already exceeds $2.5 billion.

Dynetics, based in Huntsville, Alabama, will produce the first mass-produced prototype set of Common-Hypersonic Glide Body systems.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems will provide cable, electrical and mechanical production. Lockheed will support production, assembly, integration, testing, system design, and analysis.