This New Music Video Recycles Soviet Space Imagery Quite Well

Hungarian etno-funk (or what) group called Kerekes Band published the music video above a few days ago. I do not want to comment on the music (mix of traditional Hungarian instruments and rather simple dance basics, just not my cup of tea), but the visual is fine enough and you should give it a chance (maybe just turn… » 5/30/13 1:14pm 5/30/13 1:14pm

Abandoned Nazi and Soviet military complex seen in Inglourious Basterds

Krampnitz Kaserne was a massive military complex, housing in its history members of not just the Nazi military but also the Soviet military. Now, aside from the occasional urban explorer and movie crew, the complex sits abandoned, though some chilling reminders of its wartime existence still remain. » 2/24/13 11:00am 2/24/13 11:00am

Dog space suits for the earliest canine cosmonauts

Even before Laika set paw in Sputnik 2, Soviet researchers sent dogs into higher altitudes than any canine creature had traveled before. To help keep those dogs safe—and to test the equipment that would allow humans to eventually reach orbit—these scientists created high pressure suits, complete with helmets fitted to… » 11/10/12 9:30am 11/10/12 9:30am

Beware Giant Radioactive Turtles of the Soviet Era

It's comforting to know that during the height of Reagan's Cold War in the 1980s, the Soviet Union was making movies that were just as cheesy as the ones you could see in the United States. When you see this clip of the scary, growling radioactive giant turtle from Мутанты (which means Mutant), you'll be forced to… » 4/15/08 8:20am 4/15/08 8:20am