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Beware Governments Bearing Gifts: Trojan Horse Still Lives

What do vodka, samovars and matryoska all have in common? Don’t they all sound like innocuous and very proper Russian souvenirs? Well, beware, as many Russian souvenirs in the past have led double lives as cunning spy gadgets. Read on, but check over your shoulder.

International Space Station: A Ten-Year Anniversary

Exactly a decade ago on November 20, 1998, a Russian Proton rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, initiating the world’s most ambitious space project, which is due for completion in 2011. Read all about its amazing history.

Paper Cut Clouds: 6 Truly Magical Cloud Lamps By Yu Jordy Fu

Paper cutting is an an ancient Chinese art, and a very intricate art form. Prolific artist, designer, and architect, Yu Jordy Fu, may have the gene for mastering this art, because her talent is hard to beat. In her new Cloud Lamps, she creates lovely, peaceful dreams from paper, and she even makes them accessible to us.

Ancient Mammoths: Russian Scientists Examine Why They Died

Mammoths roamed Europe, Asia and North America in the second half of the Pleistocene era and died out about 10 thousand years ago during last ice age. Until recently, many scientists blamed ancient hunters for their extinction. What really killed them and why? Read some answers to this ancient mystery, albeit you walk away with even more questions.

Find Environmental Resources Through Green Map System

When you consider visiting or moving to a place, wouldn't it be great to know where the environmentally-friendly places are? The revolutionary Green Map System allows just that with its ecomaps.

Architecture For Communal Living: Dupli Casa By J. Mayer H.

German architect J. Mayer H. was challenged to create a villa for a family and the families of their offspring. The original house had been built on the same spot in 1988 and since, several modifications and additions were made to that house. Now, starting from scratch on the footprint left by the original house...

Russia’s Porcelain Musical Egg: Whispers of Faberge and the Romanovs

Read all about this very special musical egg so reminiscent of the masterpieces crafted by Carl Fabergé for the royal family of Russia.. Its beauty is only magnified by the fact that it plays, upon opening, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite on an 18-note key-wound musical movement.

Ugly Fruits And Veggies: What's Taste Got To Do With It?

This story is about your average potatoes, carrots, cucumbers and 30 or so other fruits and vegetables that just happen, by slight of nature, to grow ugly instead of true to some idealized form. Bent, knarly carrots, potatoes with sprouts, discolored spots on cucumbers... are considered, for lack of a better word, ugly in the European Union and, until now, could not be sold.

Russian Innovative Missile Design: One Scary Thought

During the last twenty-five years, the aerospace industry in Russia, has developed a remarkably diverse range of weapons and has displayed enormous creativity, particularly in the sphere of missile design. Read on and…hold your breath.

Buying The First Cosmonaut’s Suit: A New Space Race

Next month at Sotheby’s auction house in New York a landmark sale is slated to take place. It will include prized relics from the Soviet era of space exploration that are owned by American billionaire, Ross Perot, who purchased them back in the 90s. Read on, but remember there are no exchanges or returns.

Frozen Mouse Cloned, Are Mammoths Next?

The successful cloning by Japanese researchers of a mouse kept in deep freeze for 16 years has sparked hope that prehistoric Woolly Mammoths may walk the Earth again one day.

Mysterious Couple Found In Ancient Russian Burial Ground

Archeologists in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar are baffled by the remains of an ancient loving couple found in a burial ground discovered during excavation for a hotel complex. Buried together, it is thought that the couple might be members of a mysterious tribe heretofore unknown to science. Read on and learn more. Maybe.

Russian Tank Museum: Tanks for The Memories

Last month a weekend was set aside and considered a professional holiday for Russian tank enthusiasts. There were no wild celebrations in Gorky Park; just a visit to the small town of Kubinka and its huge tank museum, which actually belongs to a former top-secret research institute for armored vehicles. Read on but…hush, hush. Need I say more?

Innovative Business Ideas for Halloween

I discovered three interesting Halloween businesses that have already captured the holiday's market.

Caspian Sea Monster: Moscow’s Fascinating Submarine Museum

Although certainly not for everyone, there are those who would find the sight of a genuine Soviet submarine stranded on the edge of a Moscow reservoir in an old orchard park surreal and captivating. Read on and learn more about this odd and certainly one-of–a-kind Russian museum.

New Comet Discovered in Canada

A new comet has been discovered at the University of Calgary’s Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.

Prehistoric Rock Sculptures Discovered in Ukraine: Another Stonehenge?

Archeologists have discovered more than ten prehistoric rocky sculptures in the Carpathian Mountains near the village of Snidavka, in the Ukraine. What historical significance do they have? No one really knows, but read on for some thoughts on the subject.

2008 Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Work on "Jellyfish's Green Light"

The 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded today to three biochemists for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP, originating in the Aequorea victoria jellyfish. The three scientists - Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie, and Roger Y. Tsien - contributed greatly to the study of cell biology, by identifying and marking proteins that contribute to illness and disease.

2008 Nobel Prize In Physics: 3 Early Contributors To Big Bang Theory

Today, in Stockholm, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three Japanese physicists - Yoichiro Nambu, Makoto Kobayashi, and Toshihide Maskawa. In different studies, 14 years apart, these men contributed to the understanding of broken symmetries at the sub-atomic, or quark, level of matter and antimatter. The work of these men has led to an understanding of why everything in nature does not react symmetrically.

The Dazzling NEW Museum Of Arts And Design (MAD)

It's taken a few years from design to realization, but the Museum of Arts And Design (MAD) will finally re-open in its new dazzling diggs on September 27, 2008. Its new address: 2 Columbus Circle, right at the southwest corner of Central Park, and right at the heart of New York City's world stage for theatre, ballet, orchestra, opera, and now arts and design.