Photo by Alexander Dubynin.
metkere.com is launching a joint project with Eureka magazine dedicated to the scientific ideas born in Siberia. The first issue is devoted to the destabilizing selection and domestication of foxes. The idea of destabilizing selection was initially proposed by Dmitry Belyaev, first director of Institute of Cytology and Genetics of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science (from 1959). Thanks to him we now have a better understanding of the domestication process in terms of biology, primarily for the ancestors of the dogs. And that seems to be universally recognized. Read More
All photos: RIA Novosti.
In the Soviet Union, robots were an important part of ideology. In the bright future of communism it would have been their duty to work hard while Soviet people were to take advantage of self-development and prepare the colonization of Mars. In every Young Pioneers Palace and House of Young Technicians schoolchildren were creating their own, very exotic at times, robots. Grown-up engineers were also not falling behind. metkere.com presents 13 weird Soviet robots – from the secretary with the tray to synthesizing diamonds moustache robot. Read More
Cathode street (Katodnaya ulitsa) intersects with Anode street (Anodnaya ulitsa) in Russian city of Novosibirsk.
Photos by Maya Shelkovnikova.
The “Mammoth Egg” exhibition opened in the Siberian Museum of Contemporary Art in Novosibirsk, Russia. The exhibition presents artifacts designed to confound archaeologists of the future – the “Caution, mammoths!” warning sign, canned “mammoth meat” and “mammoth milk”. Read More
World’s first floating nuclear power plant [will go into operation](http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/russians-plan-floating-nuclear-plants/) on Russia’s eastern coast by the end of 2012.
A Russian manufacture O.P.K. is building the plant in the shape of a ship 144 meters (472 feet) in length and 30 meters (98 feet) wide to accommodate two 35-megawatt reactors. Construction of the plant, called KLT-40C, began in February this year.
The advantages of floating nuclear plants include maneuverability of the machines so that they can be serviced, as well as the ability to be towed near remote settlements or sites of energy-intensive industries — like water desalination — where need is greatest for electricity.