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NASA, YouTube and Lenovo announced a project named YouTube Space Lab. International jury will select scientific projects of pupils and students less than 18 years old to carry out experiments at the International Space Station.

The international commission for selection of attractive projects shall consist of William H. Gerstenmaier, the Associate Administrator for Space Operations and Research for NASA, Leland Melvin, ex-astronaut and Associate Administrator for Education for NASA, Frank de Winne, astronaut, and Akihiko Hoshide, the representative of Japan aerospace agency. “We are going to select 30 student projects, and the authors of two best projects will gain opportunity to execute their projects at ISS”, Zahaan Bharmal, Google Marketing director (owner of YouTube) and Space Lab project curator, said to “Izvestia”. Lenovo undertook technical and software support of the project. Equipment and materials for experiments of 6 kg is planed to send to ISS. Cargo delivery cost shall make approximately 2.5 mln RUR.

October 7, Friday, Valery Fedorenko, member of Russian parliamentary delegation, member of the Federation Council and appointed speaker about nanotechnologies on the part of the Assembly, presented his draft report to the European colleagues at the meeting of PACE committee for environment, agriculture, local and regional issues. He supposed that anticipatory recommendations about respectively possible risks in NANO sphere should be issued and all-European approach in respect of nanotechnologies shall be elaborated, possibility of nanophobia shall be anticipated, European educational programs shall be introduced and contribution of nanotehnologies into public health shall be induced.

“Nanoera has begun and it is already inevitable. Russia is an important player on the nanotechnologies field, and EU as many other countries stimulates research and scientific application of miniparticles”, told Mr. Sudarenkov. Estimating common approaches it bears mentioning that speed of implementation of such technologies outpaces safety research, highlighted Russian legislator. According to him the current picture is quite unclear though preliminary conclusions show that nanoparticles weaken human and animal immune system. As Mr. Sudarenkov marked discussions about nanotubes, nanosilver in clothes and other technologies became well-known.

Mr. Sudarenkov proposed to initiate the idea to convoke European forum of nanotechnologies safety. He drew attention to the fact that Russian company “ROSNANO” is interested in coordinated international approaches to creation of harmonized regulation system in nano-industry. The member of the Federation Council expressed confidence that unique Russian experience of risk management organization in the sphere of research, creation of regulatory framework and organization of self-regulation system could become the basis for harmonization of international, European in particular, methodological and legislative framework.

It will be recalled that last September the group of members of parliament – the members of Parliament Assembly of Council of Europe – made a proposal to prepare a resolution for “Nanotechnologies – new danger for environment”. According to experts, implementation of nanotechnologies can help to resolve ecological issues on the one hand, and they can be developed only in case if risks for human health and environment are not taken into account, on the other.

By the 2011 over a third of educational institutions will install open source software on a half of their computers.

Toward the 2011 over a third of educational institutions will be using open source software on over a half of their computers - minister of science and education Andrey Fursenko reported during the VII social-economic forum “Information-oriented society”. According to him, The Ministry of science and education keeps financial support on the federal level in 2010 and 2011. Besides, ministry supports the maintenance, development and upgrade of software.

Due to Federal Budget access and technical support are provided. We have trained almost 80 thousands of pedagogical and administrative teaching staff” – reported the minister. According to his words, more than 7, 5 thousands of people, who tutor teachers on-site were trained. Practically every educational institution now has a man who received special training and is able to teach the use of Open source software. “In 92% of schools special zones for using Open source software were created, this means, that it is installed at least on one computer”- he also said.

A. Fursenko also reminded us that in 2006-2007 Internet access exclusion system was developed. Now federal segment of system handles about 250 millions requests per day., of which 1,5 millions are filtered as not consistent with tasks of education and upbringing. At the same time new educational resources are created, as for now there are over 100 thousands of such resources in ministry of education and science database, 17 thousands of which are interactive. Also ministry of education and science is developing a set of measures to implement library management systems in education and science spheres, aimed at greater access to learning materials.


More than a half (52%)of Runet (Russian-language Internet) users are registered in social networks. The percentage is higher among people living in the Urals (65%), Siberia (67%) and Far East (64%), in big cities (60%), among 18-24-year-olds (67%) and well-off respondents (65%). The smallest percentage of social network users is in the North-Western Region of Russia (38%), medium-sized cities (44%), among elderly (15%) and low-income people (42%).
7% of Internet users have blogs. This activity is, on the contrary, popular especially among the residents of the North-Western Region of Russia (25%). Besides, 18-24-year-olds are the most active bloggers (11%).Information that users are ready to provide in blogs and social networks in the first place is age (87%) and sex (84%). Russian citizens are also ready to make accessible information about their education (71%), marital status (64%), hobby (62%), favorite music/ films (51%). Most respondents have no difficulties with providing their photo either (65%).Users are less willing to provide the details such as the place where they study (38%), favorite places (35%), place of residence (32%), as well as information about friends and relatives (33%), profession, birthplace, nationality (31% each), travels (29%), workplace (25%), position (27%), religion (20%).Finally, few consider it necessary to provide information about their political views (14%), services they can provide to other users (13%), and income level (10%).Half of the users of blogs and social networks gave misleading information about themselves at least once (51%). 18-24-year old respondents are most liable to do this (59%).Most often users of social networks give misleading information about their name and age (29% each). They also tend to lie about their marital status (23%), appearance and hobby (22% each). Users less often provide false information about their sex, musical and artistic preferences (18% each), education level, educational organization, travels (17% each), place of residence, workplace, position, purchases and services (15% each), profession, sexual relations (14% each), level of income and nationality (13% each). Situations when bloggers and users of social networks give misleading information about their political views and religious beliefs are the most rare (11% and 10% respectively).Men (33%) and respondents under 35 years of age (32-34%) are more likely to log in under false names. Men are also more apt to lie about their

April 6 – 7, 2011. Information Technologies in Education 2011 specialized exhibition will take place in Rostov-on-Don within the framework of Don Educational Festival arranged by Rostov Expo exhibition center. The event will take place in VertolExpo exhibition center.

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1. PC producers and provide
2. multimedia systems, tele and video equipment
3. developers of multimedia educational programs
4. innovative experimental projects in the sphere of informatization and distance education technologies
5. software technologies in education 

6.  modern Internet technolgies
7. distance education systems
8. equipment for school computer labs
9. presentation equipment
10. connection and communication tools


The number of Russian Internet users grew 14% in 2010. The growth was most visible in the regions. 59% of Russians over 12 years old use Internet at least once a month. Moscow Internet users are more stable and active – about 67% (4% increase in 2010).image26542.jpgAudience of social networks increased 22% in Russia in one year. 27 million Russians hit at least one of social networks at least once a month. Vkontakte remains the most popular social network in Russia, its daily audience is 12 million people. Then goes Odnoklassniki (daily audience – 7.2 million Russians). The third place belongs to Moy Mir (My World) with daily audience 5.3 million people in Russia. The popularity of Facebook increased greatly in 2010, its daily audience in Russia is 1.2 million. The growth of Twitter’s popularity slowed down. The number of Russians using Twitter tripled, however this increase is not so great as in 2009, when the number of Russians in Twitter grew by 26 times.In spite of the stable growth, Internet still goes after TV as information source. Grown-ups name the web as the fourth popular information source, while youngsters call it the leading one. Reliance index of TV is higher than that of the Internet, however, people rely on the web more than on radio and press.Source:
February 4, 2011. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Andrey Fursenko, RF Minister of Education and Science. They discussed the questions of creating vvp17.jpgsmall innovative enterprises under higher education institutions, steps to support librarians working in general education institutions, and alternations in the procedure of recognition of diplomas issued by the leading world colleges and universities. 
8 February is the Day of Russian Science. Andrey Fursenko, RF Minister of Education and Science, congratulated Russians on this holiday. Excerpt of his speech:“Science plays an important role in the development of society and human, it determines the level of civilization development and the country’s position on international arena.nauka2.jpgThanks to people who dedicated their lives to research, our country established science intensive economic and social sectors, has renowned scientific schools and modern technological products.Today scientists, as well as the society in general, face challenging tasks of innovative modernization of the country. Investments into science have become real. In the recent few years we have combined efforts and formed new elements of cooperation between science and economy, science and society. Tangible results of partnership of the state and private organizations in scientific intense economic sectors have appeared. We have created opportunities for the transfer of scientific results into industrial technologies.Establishing research and federal universities, cooperation of industries and higher education institutions, raising mobility of research and educational personnel are the leading trends of improving modern science and education and forming the infrastructure of innovative economy.This year, we are holding the first All-Russian Science Festival. It is important for us to make the promotion of research career among young people and its orientation on lofty values of cognition and reason to live a common task for scientists, lecturers, journalists, entrepreneurs, and all active citizens.We have formed the basis for development, but we have still even more to do on the new stage. Scientific sector should become transparent, open, active, mobile, and modern. I am sure that if we combine efforts, we will be able to solve the most challenging tasks, the main of which is to provide science with the leading role in the development of innovative economy.May the high passion for scientific truth never leave you, and our combined efforts bring new quality results!”
All-Russian State Television and Radio Company (“Russia”) established a new Science 2.0 cable TV channel, as Dmitry Mednikov, Director, Russia-2 TV channel; Chair, Board of Directors video2073930.jpgfor cyber technologies development, announced to journalists on Friday. According to his words, test run of the channel will start on 15 February, and since 15 March it will be already available for some subscribers.Mednikov noted that programs produced by the All-Russian State Television and Radio Company itself will occupy a large part of the air, about the same number of programs will be purchased, the company’s archive programs will also be shown.
Soon there will appear a new Federal Law “On Education in the Russian Federation”. It will be a basic document in the sphere of education, and it arouses a lot of arguments and controversy. Most arguments, however, appear not among experts and teachers, whose opinions are more or less alike.
The new bill does not coordinate with other legal documents (Internal Revenue Code, Housing Code, Fiscal Code, Law on municipalities, and a dozen other laws), and financial opportunities of the state cannot meet the rights and guarantees the bill declares. These are the results of diagnosis made by the members of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, regional heads, teachers and education experts.
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