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Russia Is Banning The Internet Archive And Blaming It On Terrorism

Russian internet users can no longer time warp through internet history. This week, the Russian government blocked the Internet Archive domain — which makes the nonprofit’s popular and useful time-warping tool, the Wayback Machine, off limits.


Russian Official Wants To Investigate Apollo Missions

Calling for ‘international investigations’ into the ‘murky’ details surrounding the Apollo Moon missions is normally the preserve of 4chan and tinfoil hat-wearers. But now, you can add Russian Investigative Commission spokesperson Vladimir Markin to that illustrious list.


Russia's Testing A 'Microwave Gun' That Will De-Arm Drones At 10km

A state-owned Russian engineering company has developed, and is now testing, a new kind of super-high-frequency gun that is said to be capable of deactivating unmanned aerial vehicles from 10km away.


The Professional Hoax Trolls Of St Petersburg 

The stereotypical internet troll is sitting at home bored, primarily interested in shit-disturbing for chaos’ sake. But in Russia, trolling has been professionalised, with troll workers paid for full-time stints perpetuating hoaxes and trash-talking online.


Russia's Building A (Slow) Computer Chip Of Its Very Own

While Russia might have fleets of tanks and fighter jets to call its own, there’s one important product it still relies on the western world for: computer chips. But thanks to the launch of the Elbrus-4C, the 2006 Intel Pentium chip finally has a competitor.


A Vladimir Putin Speech Without The Speech And Just Sounds Is So Great

Video: Musicless music videos are always fun to watch, so it’s no surprise that speechless speeches are just as great. In fact, they might be even funnier since heads of state are the people that they’re making fun of. Watch this speechless rendition of Putin done up with perfect sound effects for a few giggles.


An Ageing Cold War Policy May Make It Easier To Hack Nuclear Warheads 

Floppy disks. Cheating schemes. Drunken bar antics. The security of America’s nuclear arms is… less than perfect. And now, more critics are questioning the outdated policies that regulate them.


The Russian Spacecraft Falling To Earth Poses No Danger

A Russian spacecraft is spinning uncontrollably around Earth after it broke down travelling to the International Space Station with food and fuel supplies. The vessel, Progress M-27M, will burn up when re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere in a week or two, although there is a small chance that parts of it could crash down on the planet. The risk to us humans is minute — we have survived far greater objects falling back towards Earth before.


How The New Cold War Is Improving Your Navigation

Ever contemplated going to war with America but been thwarted when the Great Satan switched off your access to its navigation satellites? That’s potentially a real problem for China and Russia, but the real victor in this navigational arms race might be you; it’s improving the quality of location data on your phone and in your car.


Watching This Stunning Kinetic Chandelier Move Is Like Seeing Magic

This is so cool. The Lenningrad Center in St Petersburg has this awesome kinetic chandelier hanging from its ceiling that can move and change the colour of its 1089 lights to basically bend the concept of reality. It’s so fun to watch the lights work in concert to create mesmerising patterns.


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