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Russians Discover Kilometer-Wide Near-Earth Asteroid
A near-Earth asteroid about a fifth the size of the space rock thought to have killed the dinosaurs has been discovered by a Russian-operated observatory in New Mexico
‘Lonely’ Planet Found Wandering in Space
It was found wandering all by itself, 80 million light years from Earth – a planet that is not orbiting a star, discovered accidentally by an international team of astronomers spending night after night scanning the sky from their base in Hawaii.
US/Russian Cancer Research Impacted by Gov’t Shutdown
Researchers from the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) may have to miss upcoming scientific conferences in Russia because of the US government shutdown, which was in its 10th day Thursday, an official involved in US-Russian medical research said.
NASA Jupiter-bound Spacecraft Set for Earth Fly-by
NASA’s Juno spacecraft will fly within 347 miles (559 kilometers) of Earth Wednesday to get a slingshot-like power boost from the planet’s gravity that will hurl it into space at super speeds for the final leg of its journey to Jupiter.
Russian Space Agency Faces Major Reform
The Russian government is set to radically centralize its space industry in a bid to combat major inefficiencies and cut down on the misuse of funds under plans unveiled Wednesday by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
US Scientists Notch Nuclear Fusion Milestone – Report
Scientists in the United States have taken a major step towards replicating the process that powers the sun, coming closer than ever to achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion which generates more energy than it consumes, BBC News reported this week.
Russian Public Bails Out Archeologists For Egypt Dig Mission
The Russian public has stepped up to support the country’s Egyptologists who ran out of money for an archeological expedition because of rising electricity tariffs, the organizer of a donation drive said.
Four-legged US Robot Taken for Test-Gallop
It sounds like a motor scooter, looks like a metallic wasp that stands on large matchstick legs, and puffs out blue smoke when it gets going: it’s the WildCat, the latest robot developed for the military by US company Boston Dynamics, and if it doesn’t scare the heeby-geebies out of you, it will probably amaze you as it outruns you on rough terrain.
Texans Join Russians to Explore Prehistoric Sites
As the US government shutdown now in its fourth day, hundreds of memes across the Internet offer levity for Americans in a time of crisis.
Russian Meteorite as Old as Solar System – Scientist
The meteorite that exploded above a Russian city in February was about 4.56 billion years old – as old as the Solar System itself, a Russian scientist said Friday.
Russian Experiment Reveals Why Astronauts Lose Their Sight
A top Russian scientist said Friday that an experiment that saw dozens of animals blasted into orbit on a satellite has offered up new clues about why astronauts’ eyesight deteriorates in space.
Slow START: US Increases Deployed Nuclear Forces – Scientists
The United States has in the past six months increased its deployed nuclear forces and is moving slowly to implement the New START nuclear disarmament treaty even as Russia cuts its own forces well beyond treaty limits, according to fresh official data and experts.
NASA ‘A Lonely Place’ During US Government Shutdown
NASA was supposed to be marking its 55th birthday this week, but the US space agency gave furlough notices, not birthday invitations, to nearly all of its 18,000 employees, and began fretting about future missions as funding dried up with the US government shutdown.
US Researchers Develop ‘Bionic’ Leg Controlled with Thoughts
An American man has become the first person to walk using a bionic leg controlled by his own thoughts, researchers who helped develop the ground-breaking prosthesis told RIA Novosti.
Russian Scientists Report Asteroid Near-Miss
A 15-meter (approximately 50 feet) asteroid, similar to the one that exploded above Russia in February, was detected hours before it nearly missed the Earth over the weekend, Russian scientists said.
Biggest Chunk of Chelyabinsk Meteorite Goes on Sale
The biggest commercially available piece of the celestial body that blew up over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in mid-February went on sale this week for a modest but firm price of 2.1 million rubles ($65,000).
First Proton-M Launch After Crash Set for Monday
Russia will launch the first Proton-M unmanned carrier rocket in three months on Monday, bringing into orbit a European telecom satellite, the country’s space agency said Sunday.
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Putin Signs Controversial Academy of Sciences Reform Bill Into Law
The Kremlin said Friday that President Vladimir Putin had signed into law a controversial bill to reform the Academy of Sciences, the country’s leading scientific research establishment comprising about 50,000 researchers in its 434 affiliated institutions.
Disney Plans Film on Kasparov ‘Deep Blue’ Chess Battle – Report
US entertainment giant Disney has acquired the screen rights to a play about Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov’s 1997 match against the IBM computer Deep Blue, a milestone battle between the human brain and artificial intelligence, the show business website Deadline.com reported Friday.
Tunisian Military Thwart Attempted Polling Station Attack
Boko Haram Video Shows Militants Killing Dozens of Captive Men in a School
Turkey Building Refugee Camp for Syrians
Russian Humanitarian Convoy Trucks From Luhansk Arrive at Russian Border
Armies of Santa Clauses Across Russia Get People Into the Holiday Spirit
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia: Prime Minister
Russia to Prepare Response to Recent US, Canada Sanctions: Foreign Ministry
Russia Reserves Adequate Response to Ukraine Freedom Support Act: Official
Russian Citizen Faces Death Penalty in Pakistan Without Evidence of Crime
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Obama Congratulates Jews on Hanukkah and Says American Released From Cuban Prison
What Europeans Think About EU Foreign Policy