March 2, Daily science and technology trend

  • 2021-03-02
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1. Scientists from the St. Petersburg University of Industrial Technology and Design(SPbGUPTD) have developed a high-temperature thermal insulation material based on mullite-silica fiber. The material has high refractoriness and low thermal conductivity. Thanks to these properties, scientists were able to make furnaces with low energy consumption.



2. An international online conference dedicated to climate change issues will be held on March 2-3, 2021. During the online conferences, various aspects of climate change will be touched upon as defining issues of our time. The session is designed to discuss cutting edge research and recent advances in climate change and includes keynote lectures and panel discussions. The event will be attended by scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the World Meteorological Organization, the Belgian Ghent University, etc.



3. Researchers at Moscow State University have developed a new model for accelerated drug development. It generates 90% of chemically valid drug compounds capable of binding to a given protein using only its amino acid sequence. The model will significantly speed up and simplify the process of creating new drugs. They used a deep neural network ‘Transformer’.



4. Employees of the Polar Geophysical Institute(PGI), with the support of the Russian Science Foundation, have created and set for continuous registration the world's highest-latitude muon telescope for recording secondary cosmic rays. The data of the muon telescope will be used to assess the radiation situation in the Earth's atmosphere and near-earth space, and to study the effect of cosmic rays on climatic processes.



5. A group of Skoltech scientists has been granted a patent for anodes with improved electrochemical characteristics based on non-graphitized, or hard carbon for potassium-ion batteries. This invention will help bring potassium-ion batteries closer to market as potential replacements for lithium-ion batteries, reducing the need for this costly and rare metal.



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