This inquisitive gopher hangs out under a rocket launchpad in Kazakhstan

At Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome, a news cameraman inexplicably left his camera rolling near a functional launchpad. What occurred next was equally random — a gopher popped out of the ground to investigate and/or gnaw at the still-filming camera. Those readers wary of coincidences can happily postulate that this… »7/20/12 10:50am7/20/12 10:50am

In Kazakhstan, cosmonauts must go through winter wilderness training to survive reentry

When cosmonauts and astronauts now return from a long-duration space mission on board the International Space Station, they are always coming home on a Soyuz capsule, landing in northern Kazakhstan. The Kazakh Steppe is known for its bitter winters (I just checked the local weather in Ayagoz, Kazakhstan and there is… »1/21/12 6:45pm1/21/12 6:45pm

Marijuana harvesting in Kyrgyzstan sometimes involves naked horseback riding

The Chu Valley between Kyrgyzstan and Kazkhstan is the home to an extremely hardy type of marijuana that resisted Soviet-era efforts to stamp it out. Law-breaking marijuana farmers in the region harvest the crop normally, but they also procure their stick-icky using a tried and true method that's been around for… »9/10/11 12:35pm9/10/11 12:35pm

Kazakhstan's Highest Peak is a Pyramid-Shaped Alien Ship

Astana, Kazakhstan, has a new entertainment center that looks like a transparent pyramid-shaped alien ship. Designed by British architecture firm Foster and Partners, the structure arises from a 220 yard elliptical base and provides an indoor park, shopping venues, shelter from extreme weather conditions, and—perhaps… »1/28/08 11:00am1/28/08 11:00am