Russian scientists: We have a "high chance" of cloning a wooly mammoth

An exquisitely preserved wooly mammoth is currently undergoing an autopsy in Siberia. Some experts believe they'll be able to extract high quality DNA and cells from the remains which could conceivably be used to clone the extinct mammal. The question now is, should we? » 3/14/14 8:00am 3/14/14 8:00am

How does political tension affect astronauts aboard the ISS?

Tension between the U.S. and Russia on account of the current political situation in the Ukraine has raised questions about the cooperation of Russian and American astronauts aboard the International Space Station – questions NASA chief Charlie Bolden addressed in a news conference held yesterday. » 3/05/14 11:40am 3/05/14 11:40am

Did the Russians love the '80s too? Some revealing photos

The '80s weren't a great time for those living in the U.S.S.R., although those living in Moscow had it better than most. As the rest of the country dealt with bread and meat rations, those living in the capital had access to fruit (sometimes), soda (a treat) and could even see a movie (if you had the money). Here's a… » 2/07/14 3:00pm 2/07/14 3:00pm

These weird stories prove that extraterrestrials love Russia

Americans and Europeans like to imagine that aliens will land in London, New York, or Washington, DC, but Russian history is filled with mysterious events that many have claimed to be the work of extraterrestrials. Here are a few of the freaky tales that have left many Russians watching the skies. » 6/16/13 1:00pm 6/16/13 1:00pm

NASA releases first video of Asteroid DA14's close encounter with Earth

NASA has released the first video observation of asteroid DA14's record-setting flyby of Earth. The 45-meter-wide space rock sped past last Friday, coming at one point within 17,200 miles of the planet's surface. That may seem like a wide berth (especially in light of the unanticipated arrival of the 17-meter-wide… » 2/20/13 12:54pm 2/20/13 12:54pm

Fragments of Russia's meteor could be worth 40x their weight in gold

Last week, a meteor blew apart over Russia's Chelyabinsk region, generating a shockwave that injured hundreds and caused millions of dollars in damage. The disintegrating fireball strewed bits and pieces of itself over the country's Ural mountains, some of which researchers now claim to have recovered. But scientists… » 2/18/13 9:40am 2/18/13 9:40am

The remarkable story of a Russian family cut off from all human…

The Smithsonian has put together a fascinating and almost unbelievable account of a Russian family of six who managed to avoid all human contact for four decades — a period of self-imposed exile that left them unaware of World War II and the Moon landings. Fleeing religious persecution during the 1930s, the family… » 2/06/13 1:23pm 2/06/13 1:23pm

This 1985 Russian Hobbit movie may render Peter Jackson's version…

Peter Jackson's first installment of The Hobbit trilogy may have won the box office this weekend, but it better be careful - a 1985 Russian version of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel has been found, and it's bewilderingly awesome (emphasis on the bewildering). Sure, this Russian version has some issues: Bilbo and… » 12/17/12 3:00pm 12/17/12 3:00pm

Behold a “beard tax” token from the beard-hating days of Imperial…

Under the rule of Russian tsar and notorious beard-hater Peter the Great - which ran from 1682-1725 - men sporting facial hair were subjected to a beard tax that afforded them a token informing strangers that they were honest, tax-paying hairballs. As Erik Jensen explains in a 2003 article from the journal Tax Notes: » 11/01/12 7:28am 11/01/12 7:28am