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  • Siberian woman becomes latest victim of unexplained mass sleep epidemic

    01/15/2015 3:06:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Almost all of the victims have fallen asleep suddenly, some literally as they walked, and remembered nothing at the point of awakening. Many of the village’s 582 residents have now suffered the condition several times and have even been unconscious for as long as five days at a time. Doctors have already ruled out viruses and bacterial infections, while scientists have been unable to find any chemicals in the soil or water that might be behind the epidemic. ... The first reports of a problem in the area emerged in early 2010, but the number of incidents has been steadily...
  • Humans Did Not Kill Off Mammoths; Comet, Climate Change Helped, Studies Show

    06/12/2012 7:03:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 115 replies
    Indian Country Today ^ | June 13, 2012 | ICTMN Staff
    Although human hunting played a part in the demise of the woolly mammoth about 10,000 years ago, homo sapiens were but bit players in a global drama involving climate change, comet impact and a multitude of other factors, scientists have found in separate studies. Previous research had blamed their demise on tribal hunting. But new findings “pretty much dispel the idea of any one factor, any one event, as dooming the mammoths,” said Glen MacDonald, a researcher and geographer at the University of California in Los Angeles, to LiveScience.com. In other words, hunting didn’t help, but it was not instrumental....
  • Mammoth fragments raise cloning hopes

    09/15/2012 11:44:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | AP
    Well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth fragments have been discovered deep in Siberia that may contain living cells, edging a tad closer to the possibility of cloning a prehistoric animal, the mission's organiser has said. Russia's North-Eastern Federal University said an international team of researchers had discovered mammoth hair, soft tissues and bone marrow some 328 feet (100 meters) underground during a summer expedition in the northeastern province of Yakutia. Expedition chief Semyon Grigoryev said Korean scientists with the team had set a goal of finding living cells in the hope of cloning a mammoth. Scientists have previously found bones and fragments...
  • Did the ancient Egyptians know of pygmy mammoths? Well, there is that tomb painting.

    01/20/2011 6:38:56 AM PST · by Palter · 31 replies
    Tetrapod Zoology ^ | 19 Jan 2011 | Darren Naish
    One of the things that came up in the many comments appended to the article on Bob's painting of extinct Maltese animals was the famous Egyptian tomb painting of the 'pygmy mammoth'. You're likely already familiar with this (now well known) case: here's the image, as it appears on the beautifully decorated tomb wall of Rekhmire, 'Governor of the Town' of Thebes, and vizier of Egypt during the reigns of Tuthmose III and Amenhotep II (c. 1479 to 1401 BCE) during the XVIII dynasty... In 1994, Baruch Rosen published a brief article in Nature in which he drew attention to...
  • Scientists Aim to Revive the Woolly Mammoth

    04/18/2005 8:08:56 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 166 replies · 2,919+ views
    live Science ^ | 11 Apr 05 | Bill Christensen
    Scientists Aim to Revive the Woolly Mammoth Scientists with the Mammoth Creation Project hope to find a frozen woolly mammoth specimen with sperm DNA. The sperm DNA would then be injected into a female elephant; by repeating the procedure with offspring, a creature 88 percent mammoth could be produced within fifty years. "This is possible with modern technology we already have," said Akira Iritani, who is chairman of the genetic engineering department at Kinki University in Japan and a member of the Mammoth Creation Project. However, the DNA in mammoth remains found to date has been unusable, damaged by time...
  • Mammoths stranded on Bering Sea island delayed extinction

    06/17/2004 8:07:34 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 27 replies · 457+ views
    University of Alaska Fairbanks ^ | 16-Jun-2004 | Contact: Marie Gilbert
    Public release date: 16-Jun-2004 Contact: Marie Gilbert marie.gilbert@uaf.edu 907-474-7412 University of Alaska Fairbanks Mammoths stranded on Bering Sea island delayed extinction Fossil is first record in the Americas of a mammoth population to have survived the Pleistocene Woolly mammoths stranded on Pribilofs delayed extinction Fossil is first record in the Americas of a mammoth population to have survived the Pleistocene St. Paul, one of the five islands in the Bering Sea Pribilofs, was home to mammoths that survived the extinctions that wiped out mainland and other Bering Sea island mammoth populations. In an article in the June 17, 2004 edition...
  • Flowers regenerated from 30,000-year-old frozen fruits, buried by ancient squirrels

    02/21/2012 12:42:13 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    discovermagazine.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2012 | Ed Yong
    Fruits in my fruit bowl tend to rot into a mulchy mess after a couple of weeks. Fruits that are chilled in permanent Siberian ice fare rather better. After more than 30,000 years, and some care from Russian scientists, some ancient fruits have produced this delicate white flower. These regenerated plants, rising like wintry Phoenixes from the Russian ice, are still viable. They produce their own seeds and, after a 30,000-year hiatus, can continue their family line. The plant owes its miraculous resurrection to a team of scientists led by David Gilichinsky, and an enterprising ground squirrel. Back in the...
  • Russians revive Ice Age flower from frozen burrow

    02/20/2012 8:05:56 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 49 replies · 3+ views
    AP ^ | 2/20/12 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) -- It was an Ice Age squirrel's treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. From the fruit tissues, a team of Russian scientists managed to resurrect an entire plant in a pioneering experiment that paves the way for the revival of other species. The Silene stenophylla is the oldest plant ever to be regenerated, the researchers said, and it is fertile, producing white flowers and viable seeds. The experiment proves that permafrost serves as a natural depository for ancient life forms, said the Russian researchers,...
  • Opec's Wake Up Call

    12/08/2014 7:58:38 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Energy Intel ^ | December 2014 | Sadad al-Husseini
    The Opec meeting of Nov. 27 brought new strategic thinking to Opec's deliberations and redirected its fixation away from short-term oil pricing toward greater commercial transparency and market-based commodity pricing. This was due in no small measure to Saudi Arabia's determination to eliminate ill-advised oil price manipulations and restore Opec's credibility as the price setting leader of international oil markets. This reality check became inevitable when Opec finally focused on the stark facts of a weak global economy and soft oil demand at a time of abundant oil supplies and inflated prices. The kingdom was forceful in advocating the reality...
  • Passengers had to push Tu-134 (airliner) which froze to a runway (-52 degrees)

    11/26/2014 12:10:30 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 35 replies
    As reported LifeNews a source in the airport of Igarka, state of emergency happened to the liner the day before in the morning. Before take-off stem of thermometer fell to-52 degrees therefore the chassis froze to a surface of an airfield, without allowing the plane to leave on a runway and to make dispersal.
  • Diamonds Beneath the Popigai Crater -- Northern Russia

    11/25/2014 8:36:15 AM PST · by JimSEA · 19 replies
    Geology.com ^ | 11/25/2014 | Hobart King
    About 35 million years ago an asteroid about 5 to 8 kilometers in diameter, travelling at a speed of about 15 to 20 kilometers per second slammed into the area that is now known as the Tamyr Peninsula of northern Siberia, Russia. [1] The energy delivered by this hypervelocity impact was powerful enough to instantly melt thousands of cubic kilometers of rock and blast millions of metric tons of ejecta high into the air. Some of that ejecta landed on other continents. The explosion produced a 100 kilometer-wide impact crater with a rim of deformed rock up to 20 kilometers...
  • Could rare sword have belonged to Ivan the Terrible?

    11/24/2014 3:37:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 21 November 2014 | Anna Liesowska and Derek Lambie
    Intrigue over how German-made 12th century blade, adorned in Sweden, reached Siberia... An exciting new theory has now emerged that it could have belonged to Tsar Ivan the Terrible, and came from the royal armoury as a gift at the time of the conquest of Siberia. The hypothesis, twinning an infamous Russian ruler and a revered battle hero, could turn it into one of the most interesting archaeological finds in Siberian history, though for now much remains uncertain. What Siberian experts are sure about is that the beautifully engraved weapon was originally made in central Europe, and most likely in...
  • Brazil UFO flap: Flying saucer sizzles car DVD player, good photos

    03/14/2009 5:42:14 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 2,344+ views
    allnewsweb ^ | 11-3-2009
    In Brazil an astonishing number of UFO sightings have been reported in the last few weeks. Ufologists are being inundated with emails from confused witnesses searching for answers. One of the most intriguing sightings occurred in the mountains on the outskirts of the city of Urubici in the State of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil. On February 13 A Mr Genivaldo Rodrigues was standing outside his car taking a break from driving when he allegedly saw a silver disc zooming towards him. He grabbed his camera which he happened to have on him at the time and snapped...
  • Scientists Have Finally Made It To The Bottom Of One Of The Mysterious Siberian Holes

    11/15/2014 5:18:24 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov 13 2014 | Peter Farquhar
    Scientists have finally descended into one of the three enormous holes that mysteriously opened up in Siberia several months ago. The holes, on Russia’s Yamal Pensinsula, captured attention after one was first spotted by an aircraft pilot in July, who took this pic: The world went mad. Suspected causes ranged from meteorites to underground explosions to extra-terrestrial. Now a team from the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration has climbed down to the bottom of the largest hole, about 16m, to stand on a frozen lake which itself is about another 10.5m deep. The team had to brave winter temperatures of...
  • Who built this Siberian summer palace… and why?

    11/15/2014 4:35:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 12 November 2014 | Derek Lambie
    Outer walls standing 10 metres tall and 12 metres wide formed a rectangular shape... Walls on the inside were smaller, at about one metre-tall, forming the outline of buildings, with a large building in the centre of the site. Some of the walls and panels were covered with lime plaster painted with horizontal red striped... 'The building was most likely of the post-and-beam construction characteristic of Chinese architecture from the T’ang Dynasty,' wrote head archaeologist Irina Arzhantseva in a report published in The European Archaeologist in 2011. 'Finds of burnt timber fragments point to the use of the typical Chinese...
  • Complete 9,000-year-old frozen bison mummy found in Siberia

    11/09/2014 2:17:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | November 06, 2014 | Anthony Friscia
    Many large charismatic mammals went extinct at the end of the Ice Age (approx 11,000 years ago), including the Steppe bison, Bison priscus. A recent find in Eastern Siberia has uncovered one of these bison, literally, frozen in time. The most complete frozen mummy of the Steppe bison yet known, dated to 9,300 years before present, was recently uncovered in the Yana-Indigirka Lowland and a necropsy was performed to learn about how this animal lived and died at the end of the Ice Age. The Yukagir bison mummy, as it is named, has a complete brain, heart, blood vessels and...
  • Children from lost civilisation 'helped build' geoglyph some 6,000 years ago

    11/06/2014 7:27:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 3 November 2014 | Anna Liesowska
    Remarkable new details about giant moose released as archaeologists confirm stone structure is world's oldest. Children were involved in the construction of a geoglyph in the Urals which was only discovered thanks to images taken from space. It predates Peru's famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years, archaeologists have announced. But they are no nearer answering why ancient man made it, nor can they yet fathom which group built the geoglyph; archeological traces found so far in the area do not show a culture with sufficient refinement... Located near Lake Zyuratkul in the Ural Mountains, it stretches for about 275...
  • Alleged Meteor Caught on Russian Dash Cam (Again)

    09/30/2014 8:12:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Jason Major on
    Thanks to the ubiquitousness of dashboard-mounted video cameras in Russia yet another bright object has been spotted lighting up the sky over Siberia, this time a “meteor-like object” seen on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 27.
  • Little girl survives 11 days in Siberian forest [saved by her dog]

    08/13/2014 5:04:06 PM PDT · by ETL 2 · 47 replies
    GrindTV.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | David Strege
    All hope is lost when her dog returns home without her; then the dog leads rescuers to the missing 3-year-old, who was called the miracle girl. A little girl lost in a remote region of Siberia inhabited by bears and wolves survived 11 days in the subarctic forest by eating wild berries and drinking river water before her dog finally left her side to summon help, leading rescuers to her location. Karina Chikitova, 3, wandered away from her home in a remote village of the Sakha Republic on July 29, according to The Siberian Times and U.K. MailOnline. Her mother...
  • Newly Discovered Siberian Craters Signify ....; Mystery of the Siberian crater deepens: .....

    08/03/2014 9:21:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    Guest essay by Don EasterbrookA crater in northern Siberia, spotted by a passing helicopter, has received worldwide attention and continues to be a top news story. Since then, two more mysterious holes have been discovered elsewhere in the region. Now the new holes, smaller in diameter but similar in shape – are posing a fresh challenge for Russian scientists, according to the The Siberian Times. Theories range from meteorites to an explosion of methane due to global warming.Figure 1. Yamal ‘mystery crater.’ (Siberian Times)Anna Kurchatova of the Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre said the crater was formed by a mixture of...
  • Russian Office Threatens to Shut Down News Site for Article About Siberian Self-Determination

    08/03/2014 3:03:03 PM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 11 replies
    New Republic ^ | August 2 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    On Friday evening, the editors of Slon.ru, an independent internet news portal, received notice from the Russian state prosecutor’s office that it had 24 hours to remove an article about a Novosibirsk performance artist hosting a demonstration demanding Siberian self-determination and federalization. “We give up all our resources [to Moscow] and in return we get a raft of idiotic laws,” announced the performance mastermind, Artem Loskutov, a well-known performance artist and provocateur. The article has been removed, but the site, part of the same holding as the beleaguered independent television channel Dozhd, still faces closure. File this one under irony:...
  • Mystery Behind Giant Hole in Siberia Clearer as 2nd Discovered

    07/22/2014 4:57:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 22 2014
    The craters, believed to be formed by an underground explosion, are now filled with snow and ice. Reindeer herders in Russia's Far North have discovered yet another mysterious giant hole about 30 kilometers away from a similar one found days earlier. Located in the permafrost of the subarctic Siberian region of Yamal, which means "end of the earth" in the local Nenets language, both craters appear to have been formed in recent years and have icy lakes at their bases. Scientists who examined the first hole theorized that it could have been created when a mixture of water, salt and...
  • Sun, sea and hailstones the size of golf balls hit the beach in Siberia (Video).

    07/13/2014 1:01:46 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    metro.uk ^ | 7-13-2014 | Matt Payton
    Children are screaming, debris is flying through the air and thunderous grey clouds are firing hailstones the size of golf balls murderously down upon bare-skinned crowds as they run, shrieking, for cover.
  • Lapps, Finns, Cold Winters And Intelligence

    Tuesday, 3 June 2014Dr James Thompson Renée Zellweger cropped.jpg Cold Winter theory is very simple: warm blooded, warm climate adapted humans drifted North in search of game, and perished unless they could hunt, cope with the climate, and plan wisely so as to live from one winter to the next. Hence, survivors had more forethought, more behavioural restraint regarding immediate gratification, and a whole lot of other changes to help them adapt to hunting and later farming in cold climates. If any of this is true, people living in the far North should be very bright. All the short-term-ist, happy...
  • Discovery casts doubt on Bering land bridge theory

    08/04/2003 12:50:12 PM PDT · by NukeMan · 55 replies · 4,044+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | July 30, 2003 | Allison Heinrichs
    <p>An archaeological site in Siberia, long thought to be the original jumping-off point for crossing the Bering land bridge into North America, is actually much younger than previously believed, shaking the theory that the first Americans migrated overland during the final cold snap of the last great ice age.</p>
  • Communist China Planning Direct Rail Connection to AK-Canada-Lower 48 via Bering Strait Tunnel (!)

    05/13/2014 3:03:13 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 27 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 13 May 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Apparently they seek to lower the cost of dominating our markets while keeping a tight leash on a rudderless debtor and efficiently extracting benefits/wealth from Chinese properties (and powerful traitors) in the USA.  Maybe you 2x Obama voters didn't expect hopenchange to include being sold into economic slavery, yet here we are... thanks, idiots! A Bering Strait tunnel and/or bridge has been actually been proposed at various times, going back to 1892, and most often by the Russians. Moscow says they are still currently planning a bridge project for $65B, yet experts doubt that their conventional rail approach -if ever actualized- would be able...
  • Russia-Alaska link: A Bering Strait tunnel

    04/21/2007 8:28:57 PM PDT · by chemical_boy · 33 replies · 1,411+ views
    Anchorgae Daily News ^ | April 21, 2007 | SABRA AYRES
    JUNEAU -- A proposal for another big construction project is gathering headlines across the world. No, we're not talking about a $30 billion pipeline to send natural gas to the Lower 48. This is bigger: A $10 billion to $12 billion tunnel under the Bering Strait linking Alaska and Russia. And another $50 billion to lay railways to make the tunnel usable.
  • Russia plans tunnel to link Siberia and Alaska

    04/19/2007 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies · 981+ views
    International Press Tribune ^ | April 18, 2007 | Andrew E. Kramer
    Russia introduced a plan Wednesday to build a tunnel between Siberia and Alaska under the Bering Strait, saying the $65 billion project could be used to export Russian oil, natural gas and electricity to the United States. While two officials at the Ministry of Economy endorsed the idea, they made clear that the Russian government had not signed off on it, other than to agree to a study on how to bridge the 93 kilometers, or 58 miles, of icy water that divides the Eastern and Western Hemispheres at their closest point. Plans for a land link over the strait...
  • 106 Years Ago, A Mysterious Explosion 1000x More Powerful Than The Hiroshima Bomb Rocked Siberia

    06/30/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by blam · 40 replies
    BI ^ | 6-30-2014 | Sam Ro
    Sam RoJune 30, 2014 Today is the 106th anniversary of a historic explosion that still has no clear explanation. It happened in Tunguska, a remote forest area in the middle of Siberia. The blast had the power of 15 megatons of TNT, roughly a thousand times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima Japan. The event was so powerful that it was felt and heard a thousand miles away. Locals believed the blast was supernatural, caused by a god that was punishing people for their wickedness. Scientists, on the other hand, believed it was a meteor. Here's Where It...
  • China considers building a rail link to America: 8,000-mile journey would take less than 2 days

    05/17/2014 7:14:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/17/2014 | Wills Robinson
    China is considering building an 8,000-mile high-speed rail link to America that would take less than two days to travel. Travelling at around 217mph, the train would leave the north east of the country, run through Siberia and enter a 125-mile tunnel under the Bering Strait, the shortest crossing between Russia and Alaska. It would then resurface and head south through Canada, before reaching its destination in the US. It is unclear whether the American, Canadian or Russian governments have agreed to the proposals. But engineers claim it would provide a viable alternative to air travel, according to China Daily....
  • Medieval Siberian mummies baffle archaeologists

    04/15/2014 1:08:43 PM PDT · by Renfield · 29 replies
    Archaeology News Network ^ | 4-10-2014 | Kate Baklitskaya
    Academics restart work to unlock secrets of mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia on edge of the Siberian Arctic. A red-haired man was found, protected from chest to foot by copper plating [Credit: Kate Baklitskaya/Go East] The 34 shallow graves excavated by archaeologists at Zeleniy Yar throw up many more questions than answers. But one thing seems clear: this remote spot, 29 km shy of the Arctic Circle, was a trading crossroads of some importance around one millennium ago. The medieval necropolis include 11 bodies with shattered or missing skulls, and smashed skeletons. Five mummies were found to be shrouded...
  • Russia Returns Lend-Lease WWII Bomber Debris to US

    04/04/2014 7:04:15 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | April 3, 2014 | Andrei Marmyshev
    KRASNOYARSK, April 3 (RIA Novosti) Andrei Marmyshev - Fragments of a US bomber that crashed near the Russian city Krasnoyarsk in southern Siberia during World War II have been delivered to San Francisco, where they will form part of a memorial commemorating pilots who lost their lives in the war, a historian in Krasnoyarsk told RIA Novosti. "San Francisco is planning to set up a memorial to pilots who died during the Second World War. The fragments of the Boston bomber will also be used," said Lt. Col. Vyacheslav Filippov, an aviation officer and historian. "For example, they are going...
  • Woolly Mammoths Are Coming Back, Say Cloning Scientists

    03/16/2014 10:39:35 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 80 replies
    DVICE ^ | March 14, 2014 | Michael Trei
    Woolly mammoths are coming back, say cloning scientists In what sounds like it could be the plot for the next Jurassic Park movie, a team of scientists in Siberia says there's a 'high chance' that they will be able to clone a woolly mammoth. The breakthrough comes as a result of last year's discovery of an incredibly well-preserved mammoth carcass, frozen in the permafrost of Siberia's Malolyakhovskiy island. The scientists estimate that the animal is about 43,000 years old, and was 50-60 years old when it died in distress after getting stuck in the ice. In the ten months since...
  • Ancient bison allows scientists to travel back in time - 9,000 years

    03/04/2014 8:01:25 AM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 3-1-2014 | Anastasia Longinova
    Exclusive pictures show autopsy on a four year old bison preserved in ice since ancient times. The autopsy, conducted on 27 February 2014, is understood to be the first in the world on a 9,000 bison, and it could provide vital scientific information. The creature was found in exceptional condition in July 2011 by Yukagir community members in the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, where mammoth remains were also found. This bison, dating from 9,000 years ago, was located on the shore of a lake in the north of Ust-Yana district. The body became visible after a part of...
  • Super Megaliths

    03/01/2014 11:58:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Earth Epochs ^ | February 22, 2014 | John Jensen
    I subscribe to a couple of Russian Blogs and Websites that post various data and information without the typical hype and filters of Western Science, Academia and the Press, let alone the fringe and "Alien" woo-woo crowd interests. The following are photos of some Super Megaliths from Southern Siberia near the mountains of Gornaya Shoria. The following material is from the website of Valery Uvarov. The super megaliths were found and photographed for the first time by Georgy Sidorov on a recent expedition to the Southern Siberian mountains. The following images are from Valery Uvarov's Russian website. There are no...
  • Surviving Winter in Yakutsk, the World's Coldest City

    02/06/2014 12:57:34 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 43 replies
    Slate ^ | Jan. 31 2014 12:30 PM | Ella Morton
    Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world's hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura.To watch the sun rise during winter in Yakutsk, you need to set your alarm clock for 10:40 a.m. In late December, the sun will appear a few minutes later, softly illuminating a few scurrying, fur-clad forms on the snowy fog-filled streets. Yakutsk, located in Yakutia, a republic in Siberia, is the world's coldest city. In January the mean temperature hovers around minus 40 F, but days in the negative 70s are not unheard of. At this level...
  • Homophobia and intimacy in a Russian sauna (I like Russia more and more)

    01/18/2014 2:03:25 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 98 replies
    BBC Urals, Russia ^ | 1/17/2013 | By Justin Rowlatt
    A law in Russia banning "homosexual propaganda" has been condemned by critics, who say it incites hatred. But a day hunting and relaxing in the forest - and hearing some extreme views - suggests it has plenty of support. Saunas are supposed to be relaxing but the prospect of this one filled me with dread. I was to share it with two heavily armed Russian hunters - Yuri, a steely-eyed veteran of Russia's bloody war in Afghanistan, and Georgy, a burly businessmen who cut his teeth during the violent chaos that consumed Russia after the fall of communism. That afternoon,...
  • Pussy Riot convict 'transferred to Siberia'

    11/05/2013 5:26:58 AM PST · by don-o · 50 replies
    France 24 ^ | November 5, 2013
    AFP - Jailed Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is on her way to a new penal colony in Siberia, her husband said Tuesday, following fears after two weeks without information about her whereabouts. Tolokonnikova, 23, who alleged major prison abuses in her previous colony in central Russia, is on her way to a new prison colony deep in the Krasnoyarsk region, her husband Pyotr Verzilov wrote on Twitter, saying the information comes from a reliable source. The penal colony number 50 in the town of Nizhny Ingash lies about 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the regional centre Krasnoyarsk, four...
  • Parents send American teenage girl to live in Novosibirsk as punishment

    10/27/2013 6:36:14 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 50 replies
    sib.fm ^ | October 24, 2013
    An immigrant living in America sent her daughter home to Novosbirsk in 2011 because she allegedly misbehaved. She tried to commit suicide in Siberia, according to reports from American television company WUSA 9 and publication USA Today that Sib.fm’s correspondent examined. 17-year-old Sofia Roberts was born in Russia, but left to live in America when she was two years old with mother Natalia. According to the broadcaster, in 2011 the mother sent her daughter, then 15, from the town of Chantilly, Virginia to Novosibirsk to meet her biological father. But after Sofia arrived in Russia, her mother changed her plans...
  • Earthquake off Siberian land mass was the 'largest deep earthquake' ever recorded

    09/22/2013 6:02:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 21 September 2013
    Earthquake off Siberian land mass was the 'largest deep earthquake' ever recorded By The Siberian Times reporter 21 September 2013 Scientists are puzzling to explain the tremor, 8.3 on the Richter scale, by far the largest since records began The quake broke other records, too, as outlines in journal Science. The rupture extended about 180 km, by far the longest known rupture. Picture: Picture: Alexey Yemanov via copah.info The earthquake struck 609 km beneath the Sea of Okhotsk on 24 May this year, and is seen as 30% larger than its nearest rival, a 1994 earthquake 637 km beneath Bolivia,...
  • A volcano or a meteor impact: What created this large mysterious Siberian crater?

    08/06/2013 9:52:41 AM PDT · by Errant · 112 replies
    The Extinction Protocol ^ | 5 August, 2013
    August 5, 2013 – SIBERIA - Having an official task to draw up a geological map of the region, a young geologist ended up running into something so unique, outstanding and mysterious that it would still puzzle scientists more than six decades later – the Patomskiy Crater. A host of theories have been put forward in the intervening years: that the crater was created by an ancient civilization, or by prisoners at a top secret Stalin labor camp, or by volcanic activity, or by a meteorite, or by an underground hydrogen explosion, or by a UFO. And even more...
  • Ancient Siberians may have rarely hunted mammoths

    06/15/2013 9:54:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Science News ^ | Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | Bruce Bower
    Contrary to their hunting reputation, Stone Age Siberians killed mammoths only every few years when they needed tusks for toolmaking, a new study finds. People living between roughly 33,500 and 31,500 years ago hunted the animals mainly for ivory, say paleontologist Pavel Nikolskiy and archaeologist Vladimir Pitulko of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Hunting could not have driven mammoths to extinction, the researchers report June 5 in the Journal of Archaeological Science. On frigid tundra with few trees, mammoth tusks substituted for wood as a raw material for tools, they propose. Siberian people ate mammoth meat after hunts, but food...
  • Possible Meteorite Fragments from 1908 Tunguska Explosion Found

    05/02/2013 3:39:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | May 2, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    The 1908 explosion over the Tunguska region in Siberia has always been an enigma. While the leading theories of what caused the mid-air explosion are that an asteroid or comet shattered in an airburst event, no reliable trace of such a body has ever been found. But a newly published paper reveals three different potential meteorite fragments found in the sandbars in a body of water in the area, the Khushmo River. While the fragments have all the earmarks of being meteorites from the event – which could potentially solve the 100-year old mystery — the only oddity is that...
  • Only 40 Genes Separate Your Pet Dog From A Wolf

    11/21/2005 6:18:45 PM PST · by blam · 77 replies · 1,296+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-22-2005 | Roger Highfield
    Only 40 genes separate your pet dog from a wolf By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 22/11/2005) The difference between an obedient, friendly dog and a big bad wolf could be down to as few as 40 genes, according to a study into tameness. The research also found that to adapt to a life on the farm or in the home takes many more changes in gene activity than that required to love humans. A Swedish team compared two groups of farm-raised silver foxes in Siberia, one where for 40 generations the foxes have been selected for their friendly nature,...
  • Ancient dog skull unearthed in Siberia

    08/03/2011 9:53:08 AM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | August 3, 2011 | Hamish Pritchard
    A very well-preserved 33,000 year old canine skull from a cave in the Siberian Altai mountains shows some of the earliest evidence of dog domestication ever found. But the specimen raises doubts about early man's loyalty to his new best friend as times got tough. The findings come from a Russian-led international team of archaeologists. The skull, from shortly before the peak of the last ice age, is unlike those of modern dogs or wolves. The study is published in the open access journal Plos One. Although the snout is similar in size to early, fully domesticated Greenland dogs from...
  • For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

    02/02/2013 9:35:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Smithsonian.com ^ | 1/29/13 | Mike Dash
    In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taigaSiberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains; white-water rivers that pour in torrents through the valleys; a hundred thousand icy bogs. This forest is the last and greatest of Earth's wildernesses. It stretches from the furthest tip of Russia's arctic regions as...
  • It’s a deadly cold Russian winter: minus 50 in Siberia ( Dec 2012 so the Heat is in USA)

    01/10/2013 8:33:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    JoNova ^ | December 21st, 2012 | joanne
    Photo: Telegraph  REUTERS/Marian StriltsivSpare a thought for people in Russia. Its the coldest winter since 1938. Temperatures may hit -25 in Moscow this weekend. They have already hit -50C in Siberia. Twenty-one people froze to death in one day. (See the Telegraph photo gallery) Down to -50C: Russians freeze to death as strongest-in-decades winter hits Russian TimesRussia is enduring its harshest winter in over 70 years, with temperatures plunging as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Dozens of people have already died, and almost 150 have been hospitalized.­The country has not witnessed such a long cold spell since 1938, meteorologists said,...
  • Did Desperate Fishermen Cannibalise Their Friends in Extreme Cold in Remote Siberia?

    12/05/2012 2:32:17 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    The Siberian Times ^ | 04 December 2012 | The Siberian Times reporter
    Did desperate fishermen cannibalise their friends in extreme cold in remote Siberia? In the most extreme conditions, the unimaginable can happen. Police in Siberia are now trying to piece together a mystery that unfolded after four friends went on a fishing expedition in August in the endless taiga. Three months later, only two men came back from their adventure along the remote Sutam River, after they were located in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) by a rescue helicopter from the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which saved their lives. Alexander Abdullaev, 37, and Alexei Gradulenko, 35, were found alive - but only just....
  • Yeti Sightings On The Rise In Russia - In Other News: Russian Vodka Consumption Shocks Even Russians

    10/02/2012 3:19:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    The Sun ^ | September 26, 2012 | The Sun
    'Yeti' Sightings On The Rise In Russia A group of yetis are on the loose in Sibera, fishermen and a forestry worker have claimed. There were three reported sightings in recent weeks. One person who reported spying the beast said “We shouted, ‘Do you need help?’ They rushed away, all in fur, walking on two legs, making their way through the bushes and with two other limbs, straight up the hill. The person who made the report added: “It could not be bears, as the bear walks on all fours, and they ran on two. Then they were gone.” On...
  • Nazi-Acquired Buddha Statue Came From Space

    09/27/2012 6:21:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    LiveScience ^ | September 26, 2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    It sounds like a mash-up of Indiana Jones' plots, but German researchers say a heavy Buddha statue brought to Europe by the Nazis was carved from a meteorite that likely fell 10,000 years ago along the Siberia-Mongolia border.