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Polar Bears Have Invaded A Russian Town—Again

Polar Bears Have Invaded A Russian Town—Again

Over the past few days, 56 hungry polar bears have wandered into Ryrkaypiy, a village in far north Russia, forcing locals to cancel their New Year’s celebrations.

It’s not unusual for a few bears to visit the village, but an invasion of this size is unheard of, according to the World Wildlife Federation. The group says the climate crisis is to blame as melting sea ice screw up the bears’ usual...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 03, 2019 at 18:35.

Russia Blocks Shutterstock Website Over Photos of Russian Flag in Dogshit

Russia Blocks Shutterstock Website Over Photos of Russian Flag in Dogshit

The Russian government has blocked the stock photography website Shutterstock, according to the English-language news site Meduza. Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, explained that Shutterstock was blocked for “insulting state symbols” a likely reference to photos on the site showing miniature Russian flags planted in dogshit.

The offending photos were created by user Aijaphoto and are...

Whitney Kimball Whitney Kimball Nov 28, 2019. 3 comments

Apple Bows to Pressure and Lists Crimea as Part of Russia in Maps

Apple Bows to Pressure and Lists Crimea as Part of Russia in Maps

Earlier today, Moscow-based BBC journalist Will Vernon noticed that Apple appears to have quietly ceded to Russia’s stance on Crimea by redrawing national borders on the Russian version of its Maps app and labeling the region as “Russia.” When viewed from the US, Crimea is listed simply as “Crimea” and no home country is given for the peninsula. Since Russia occupied and annexed the peninsula...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 22, 2019. 3 comments

Russia Moves to Ban Sales of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

Russia Moves to Ban Sales of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

Smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and computers that don’t have Russian-made software pre-installed could not be sold in Russia under new legislation that passed Russia’s lower house in parliament this week, according to a BBC report. The law, which would go into effect in July 2020 if it becomes law, may have significant impacts on internet freedom in the country.

The full list of affected...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 12, 2019. 9 comments

UK Labour Party Hit With 'Sophisticated and Large Scale' Cyber Attack During Election Campaign

UK Labour Party Hit With 'Sophisticated and Large Scale' Cyber Attack During Election Campaign

The UK Labour Party announced on Tuesday that it’s been hit with a “sophisticated and large scale” cyber attack on its digital platforms but suggested that all of its data was secure.

“We have experienced a sophisticated and large scale cyber attack on Labour digital platforms,” a Labour Party spokesperson told Gizmodo via email. “We took swift action and these attempts failed due to our...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Oct 30, 2019. 5 comments

How a Telescope Tragedy Led to This Amazing New X-Ray Image

How a Telescope Tragedy Led to This Amazing New X-Ray Image

The x-ray image above shows one of the Milky Way’s neighbors, the Large Magellanic Cloud. This image contains fuzzy emissions from gas, intervening stars and distance galactic cores, and the remnants of a supernova first spotted from Earth 32 years ago right at the center, all orbiting our galaxy 158,200 light years away. But back on Earth, getting to this point took decades of work—and some...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Oct 24, 2019. 5 comments

Internal Cybersecurity Memo: White House Is Bound To Get Hacked

Internal Cybersecurity Memo: White House Is Bound To Get Hacked

In the 1,006 days since Donald Trump became president, his administration has shown little vigilance  when it comes to its own security , and a new internal memo suggests the White House is working to weaken its own cybersecurity safeguards.

Axios has published a memo written by the White House computer network defense branch chief Dimitrios Vastakis that warns “the White House is posturing...

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Whitney Kimball Whitney Kimball Sep 21, 2019. 11 comments

Why Moscow's Climate Strike Turnout Was Devastatingly Small

Why Moscow's Climate Strike Turnout Was Devastatingly Small

As Earther reported from New York, 4 million people in 150 countries turned out for a gigantic global climate strike , a resounding demand to world leaders to act on climate change. Not so much in Russia.

While Berlin, London, and Melbourne reported drawing around 100,000 participants each, Greenpeace Russia tweeted photos of only sparse gatherings in cities across Russia. In Moscow, a small...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 17, 2019. 17 comments

Uhh, Part of the Facility Where Russia Stores Smallpox and Ebola Exploded

Uhh, Part of the Facility Where Russia Stores Smallpox and Ebola Exploded

блядь! An explosion at Russia’s State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology (Vector) resulted in a fire, glass blown out throughout the building, and one worker suffering third degree burns on Monday, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Vector is one of the only two places in the world where live smallpox virus samples are officially stored, as well as retains stocks of...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 27, 2019. 16 comments

Huawei Is in Talks to Launch a 'Pilot Program' Using Russian OS as Replacement for Android

Huawei Is in Talks to Launch a 'Pilot Program' Using Russian OS as Replacement for Android

After being placed on a so-called Entity List by the U.S. federal government, severely restricting its access to American technology, Chinese tech giant and world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer Huawei is investigating using the Russian-made Aurora operating system as a replacement for Google’s Android OS on its mobile devices, Reuters reported on Monday.

As Reuters noted, Aurora is...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 25, 2019. 8 comments

Russian Health Officials Blame 'Fukushima Crabs' for Cesium-137 Exposure After Mysterious Accident

Russian Health Officials Blame 'Fukushima Crabs' for Cesium-137 Exposure After Mysterious Accident

A doctor who treated survivors of a mysterious nuclear accident in Russia was told that the radioactive isotope cesium-137 must have made its way into their body due to “Fukushima crabs,” according to CNN.

The August 8 incident at the Nyonoksa testing range on a platform in the White Sea has not yet been fully explained, but at least seven individuals have been reported dead after what nuclear...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Aug 24, 2019. 5 comments

Russian Sci-Fi Thriller Novel-Turned-Video Game Metro 2033 Is Becoming a Movie

Russian Sci-Fi Thriller Novel-Turned-Video Game Metro 2033 Is Becoming a Movie

Before THQ’s Metro 2033 was a first person shooter, it was a novel written by Dmitry Glukhovsky about a nation of people forced to build a new underground civilization in subway stations and tunnels after a devastating nuclear war. Now, it’s set to become a live-action film , courtesy of Gazprom Media.

Variety reports that after years of being approached to adapt the story for the big screen,...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 20, 2019. 14 comments

China Warns Latest U.S. Missile Test Will Trigger New Arms Race

China Warns Latest U.S. Missile Test Will Trigger New Arms Race

The U.S. tested a new cruise missile in California on Sunday and Chinese officials warned today that it will almost certainly lead to a new arms race.

“This measure from the U.S. will trigger a new round of an arms race, leading to an escalation of military confrontation, which will have a serious negative impact on the international and regional security situation,” Chinese Foreign Minister...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 20, 2019. 1 comments

Russian Man Who Tried to Burn Down Offices of Internet Regulator Reportedly Gets Probation

Russian Man Who Tried to Burn Down Offices of Internet Regulator Reportedly Gets Probation

Earlier this month, a court in Russia’s Ulyanovsk Region sentenced a man to one and a half years’ probation after he reportedly tried not one, not two, but three times to burn down the regional offices of national internet regulator Roskomnadzor, with Interfax reporting (via TorrentFreak) that one local said he had done so to seek revenge over blocking of piracy sites.

Russian language sources...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 16, 2019. 4 comments

Huawei Plans to Triple R&D Staff in Russia by 2025 According to Russian State Media

Huawei Plans to Triple R&D Staff in Russia by 2025 According to Russian State Media

Huawei plans to triple its research and development (R&D) staff in Russia within the next six years, according to a new report from Russian state media outlet Sputnik. The Chinese tech giant, which is currently the largest telecom company in the world, will reportedly hire about 500 new staff by the end of the year and 1,000 more personnel after that.

Huawei currently has about 550 people at...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 14, 2019. 19 comments

Mysterious Russian Nuclear Explosion Upgraded From Weird to Baffling Amid Evacuation Confusion

Mysterious Russian Nuclear Explosion Upgraded From Weird to Baffling Amid Evacuation Confusion

Russia military officials issued conflicting reports this week about whether residents in areas near a mysterious nuclear explosion must evacuate.

The confusing orders came about five days after an explosion at a military testing site killed at least seven people and caused a spike in radiation levels in a nearby city. The Russian Ministry of Defense initially said that a liquid-propellant...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 12, 2019. 11 comments

Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has demanded that Google cease promoting livestreams of demonstrations with push notifications, a day after “tens of thousands” of Russians “staged what observers called the country’s biggest political protest for eight years on Saturday,” Reuters reported.

In a statement,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 11, 2019. 14 comments

Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian nuclear agency Rosatom admitted late on Friday that a suspicious cloud of radiation that spread over the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an explosion at one of its facilities, the Guardian reported, involving experiments involving an “isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine.”

Rosatom said that the accident, which temporarily sent radiation spiking up to 20 times...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 10, 2019. 15 comments

Radiation Levels Spike Following Mysterious Explosion in Russia

Radiation Levels Spike Following Mysterious Explosion in Russia

A Russian city reportedly observed a rise in radiation levels after an explosion at a nearby military testing site, which left at least two dead.

Reuters reports that the Russian defense ministry told state media that a liquid-propellant rocket engine exploded on Thursday, killing two people and injuring six.

“At the test site of the Russian Ministry of Defense in the Arkhangelsk region,...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 30, 2019. 10 comments

Unexplained Radiation Leak Traced to Russian Nuclear Facility

Unexplained Radiation Leak Traced to Russian Nuclear Facility

Two years after a mysterious cloud of radiation swept through Europe, a team of scientists has pinpointed the source of the leak to a nuclear reprocessing plant in Russia, which was preparing materials for an Italian physics experiment at the time.

In early October 2017, a cloud of radioactive material swept through Europe. Monitoring stations from across the continent reported an apparently...

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