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Rumours that first dark matter particle found

December 9, 2009

The physics blogs are abuzz with rumors that a particle of dark matter* has finally been found in the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment.

* Dark matter is hypothetical matter that is thought to make up 23 per cent of the mass density of the universe.

Running ‘can slow aging process’

August 12, 2008

Stanford University Medical Center researchers have found that running on a regular basis can slow the effects of aging for elderly joggers.

The runners were half as likely to die prematurely from conditions like cancer than non-runners, and enjoyed a healthier life with fewer disabilities and delayed onset of disability.

The researchers tracked 500 older runners for more than 20 years, comparing them to a similar group of… read more

Russia asteroid impact: ESA update and assessment

February 22, 2013

The estimated orbit around the Sun of the Chelyabinsk object. It illustrates the orbits of Venus, Mars and Earth, together with the Sun and Earth at impact. The illustration is based on data provided by Dr Peter Brown. (Credit: NASA)

The first firm details of the 15 February asteroid impact in Russia, the largest in more than a century, are becoming clear. ESA is carefully assessing the information as crucial input for developing the Agency’s asteroid-hunting effort.

At 03:20 GMT on 15 February, a natural object entered the atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Extensive video records indicate a northeast to… read more

Russia bans human tissue export in bioweapon alert

May 31, 2007

Russia has banned the shipment of medical specimens abroad, threatening hundreds of patients and complicating drug trials by major companies, the national Kommersant newspaper reported.

Kommersant attributed the ban to fears in the secret service that Russian genetic material could be used abroad to make biochemical weapons targeting Russians.

Russia calls for united meteor defense

February 28, 2013


Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin says the world should unite to establish a defense system against space objects that threaten Earth, under the umbrella of the United Nations, Space Daily reports.

The Russian leader said the threat from asteroids, meteorites, comets and other stray space objects should serve to “unite humanity in the face of a common enemy.”

Alexander Bagrov, a senior researcher at the Institute… read more

Russia developing anti-terrorist robots

May 23, 2013


Russian experts are developing robots designed to minimize casualties in terrorist attacks and neutralize terrorists, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on May 17, RIA Novosti reports.

Robots could also help evacuate injured servicemen and civilians from the scene of a terrorist attack, said Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry.

Other anti-terror equipment Russia is developing includes systems that can see terrorists through obstacles and… read more

Russia May Attack Asteroid That’s Virtually No Threat

December 31, 2009

Russia’s Federal Space Agency is considering a plan to launch a spacecraft capable of moving the 270-meters Apophis asteroid in a bid to protect Earth from an impact around 2036, but the asteroid poses virtually no threat to our planet (1-in-250,000 odds) and moving it could actually make matters worse, experts say.

Russia plans Moon base, Mars network by 2030

March 16, 2012


Russia plans to send probes to Jupiter and Venus, land a network of unmanned stations on Mars and ferry Russian cosmonauts to the surface of the Moon — all by 2030, according to a leaked document from the country’s space agency.

By 2020, the six-seater Angara rocket will replace the Soyuz as the spaceship of choice for launching Russian payloads.

By 2030, Russia will send robots to the… read more

Russian billionaire, Hawking announce $100 million search for ET

July 20, 2015

100 meter Green Bank Telescope, the world's largest steerable radio telescope (credit: Geremia/Wikimedia Commons)

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking, Martin Rees, Frank Drake and others announced at The Royal Society today $100 million funding for Breakthrough Listen — the “most powerful, comprehensive, and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth.”

They also announced $1 million prize funding for Breakthrough Message, a competition to generate messages representing humanity and planet Earth.

“It’s time to commit to finding… read more

Russian diamonds: Siberian meteorite crater said to hold trillions of carats

September 21, 2012

Artist's impression of asteroid hitting Earth (Credit: Don Davis/NASA)

Russian scientists are claiming that a gigantic deposit of industrial diamonds found in a huge Siberian meteorite crater during Soviet times could revolutionize industry, Huffington Post reports.

The Siberian branch of Russian Academy of Sciences said that the Popigai crater in eastern Siberia contains “many trillions of carats” of “impact diamonds” — good for technological purposes, not for jewelry, and far exceeding the currently known global… read more

Russian scientists create ultrahard ‘Fullerite’ material at room temperature and lower pressure

"Ultrahard" materials are harder than diamond
September 22, 2014

Photo of a Vickers indenter made of ultrahard fullerite (credit: Mikhai lPopov)

A method for synthesis of an ultrahard material called Fullerite (exceeding diamond in hardness) at room temperature and lower pressure has been developed by Russian researchers from the Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials in Troitsk, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), MISiS, and MSU.

The research is described in a recently published paper in the journal Carbon.

Fullerite is a polymer… read more

Russians drill into previously untouched Lake Vostok below Antarctic glacier

February 6, 2012

(Credit: NOAA)

Russian scientists have drilled into the vast, dark and never-before-touched Lake Vostok 2.2 miles below the surface of Antarctica, according to a source quoted Monday by Ria Novosti, a state-run Russian news agency.

The subglacial lake, the world’s third-largest lake by volume, is 20 million years old and could be contaminated by the kerosene, Freon and other materials being used in the drilling.

Also see: “Scientists close to entering Vostok, Antarctica’s biggestread more

Rutgers plans online course on the Singularity

March 16, 2010

This summer, Rutgers University plans to offer “Special Topics in Sociology: Singularity Studies, the first accredited college course on the Singularity and associated technologies.

The three-credit summer course will feature online lectures and discussions every Monday and Wednesday evening throughout the summer and is available to students internationally.

The textbook will be The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil, supplemented… read more

S. Korean scientists develop walking robot maid

January 19, 2010


South Korean scientists have developed a walking robot called Mahru-Z that has a human-like body including a rotating head, arms, legs and six fingers plus three-dimensional vision and can clean a home, dump clothes in a washing machine and even heat food in a microwave.

S.F. hacker who made ATMs spit out cash dies

July 29, 2013


A prominent hacker who discovered a way to have ATMs spit out cash and was set to deliver a talk about hacking pacemakers and other wireless implantable medical devices has died in San Francisco, authorities and his employer said, San Jose Mercury News reports.

Barnaby Jack died at his home in San Francisco Thursday, although the cause of death is still under investigation, San Francisco Deputy Coroner… read more

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