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That Fireball Over The US Was Just A Russian Spy Satellite

Relax, guys. That fireball from a few weeks ago? You know, the “rocks with glowing red and orange streaks” that everyone noticed one night? Experts agree it was just a Russian spy satellite breaking up over the Rockies. Everything’s fine, nothing to see here.


This Giant Russian Ship Is Toting Two Submarines

America’s isn’t the only military to rely on heavy-lift transport vessels, the unusual class of utility ship that helped ferry the crippled USS Cole home for repairs. Russia has just released a series of photos documenting the slow return trip to the Zvezdochka shipyard for a pair of its Akula II-class submarines, the Bratsk and the Samara.


A Smartphone Vote Saved This Iconic Russian TV Mast

You’re looking up and through the Russian Shukhov Tower, a 92-year-old structure that was used to transmit TV signals until 2002. Having fallen into disrepair, it’s now being saved — thanks to a smartphone vote.


Terrifying Dash Cam Video Shows What It Is Like To Be Inside A Tornado

Video: According to the Youtube description, this video — published yesterday in Reddit but shot last year — captures the moment when a tornado violently hits a village in Bashkiria, Russia. The hair-raising footage was taken from a car’s dash cam that stayed on even when the tornado was passing right over it.


Just Six Months After The Olympics, Sochi Looks Like A Ghost Town

It’s been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the town of Sochi has been left holding the proverbial bag — which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to occupy them.


Edward Snowden Granted Three Years Of Residency In Russia

Edward Snowden has been avoiding US authorities for some time. But his lawyer has now confirmed that Russia has granted him a three-year residence permit so he can remain there for the foreseeable future.


A New Underwater Internet Cable Directly Connects Crimea And Russia

Russia’s connection with Crimea is an unsolved geopolitical quandary, but the physical connection to the Russian mainland just got a bit stronger: Crimean ISPs have transitioned over to a new 46km long underwater cable connecting directly to Russia, bypassing the old connection through Ukraine.


Russia Wants To Expose Tor For Fun And Profit

Crack your knuckles and get out your chequebooks, hackers! Russia is offering a $US110,000 contract to the first person who can come up with a good way to discover the personal information of otherwise anonymous Tor users. But there’s a catch. The privilege of competing will cost you over $US5500.


Garage Collides With Fighter Jet During Severe Flood

It is hard to imagine a situation where a garage might collide with a fighter jet — but this is just what happened during severe flooding earlier today in Magadan, a port town on Russia’s east coast.

Flood waters washed away roads, bridges, buildings, and even planes, which are believed to have belonged to a local aviation museum.


World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Opens -- And You Can Jump Off It

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world has opened in Russia, with a 550m span. It offers breathtaking views of the Sochi landscape, but it isn’t really designed for your daily commute — it is part of a skypark, and you can bungee jump off it for a 200m drop, as shown in this video.


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