Published August 28, 2012
Tags: botany, David Gilichinsky, environment, frozen tundra, germinate, ice age, Kolyma River, plant science, Russia, Russian Academy of Sciences, science, Silene stenophylla, Svetlana Yashina
According to Discover Magazine -
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 Upper Pleistocene, the squirrel buried the plant’s fruit in the banks of the Kolyma River. They froze. Over millennia, the squirrel’s burrow fossilised and was buried under increasing layers of ice. The plants within were kept at a nippy -7 degrees Celsius, surrounded by permanently frozen soil and the petrifying bones of mammoths and woolly rhinos. They never thawed. They weren’t disturbed. By the time they were found and defrosted by scientists, they had been buried to a depth of 38 metres, and frozen for around 31,800 years.
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Published August 15, 2011
Tags: architecture, depressing, folk art, Kiev, museum, peasant life, Pirogovo, Russia, saddest, Ukraine
Pirogovo Museum in Kiev. The museum was founded on the outskirts of Kiev in 1976. Its territory is divided into sectors for temporary and territorial principles. The exhibits presented in the “Pirogovo” acquaint visitors with the architecture of Ukrainian villages, peasant life and folk art of the Ukrainians. Many homes on life in those years, and in some souvenir shops are open.
Visit the sad little museum HERE.
Published March 4, 2011
Tags: airplane, culinary disaster, fast food, food, humor, microwave, pic, picture, Russia, Russian Airline Food
I just ran across what may the most depressing blog ever. It features photos of the awful food that is served on airliners in Russia. I bet that the commentary that accompanies the photos is quite humorous, but it’s in Russian – damn!
Check out the culinary disasters HERE.
BBC reports -
Marines seized them during a dramatic operation to free a hijacked Russian oil tanker far from shore, killing an 11th suspect in the gun battle. They were released in an inflatable boat without navigational equipment. Within an hour, contact was lost with the boat’s radio beacon, the defence source said. “It seems that they all died,” the unnamed source was quoted as saying by Russia’s Interfax news agency. Russia initially said the 10 pirates would be taken to Moscow to face criminal charges over the hijacking, but they were released instead because there were not sufficient legal grounds to detain them, the defence ministry in Moscow said.
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Published December 27, 2009
Tags: leech, medicine, pic, picture, Russia, wtf
Photo essay from a leech farm in Russia – interesting.
Mayor Luzhkov plans to prevent snow from interrupting the lives of the citizens of Moscow this winter. The mind reels when one thinks about how many miraculous things can be accomplished if The Obama chooses to one-up Comrade Luzhkov. What glorious things we would witness!
Time reported -
Pigs still can’t fly, but this winter, the mayor of Moscow promises to keep it from snowing. For just a few million dollars, the mayor’s office will hire the Russian Air Force to spray a fine chemical mist over the clouds before they reach the capital, forcing them to dump their snow outside the city. Authorities say this will be a boon for Moscow, which is typically covered with a blanket of snow from November to March. Road crews won’t need to constantly clear the streets, and traffic – and quality of life – will undoubtedly improve.
BBC reports -
Russia’s energy giant Gazprom has signed a $2.5bn (£1.53bn) deal with Nigeria’s state operated NNPC, to invest in a new joint venture. The new firm, to be called Nigaz, is set to build refineries, pipelines and gas power stations in Nigeria.
The Russian news agency can see through Obama, why can’t more Americans?
Pravda opines -
The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe. These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?
Published August 27, 2008
Tags: combat, Georgia, photos, Russia, war
Large collection of photos from the Georgian combat zone. Warning – some are very graphic. See the pics here.