The Modon-Kul river in Buryatia Republic in Russia turned bright orange. The maximum concentration of manganese is exceeded by 61 times. Authorities blame the former mine of a local tungsten-molybdenum plant. Read More
Scientists have discovered genes that helped indigenous peoples of Siberia to adapt to life in a cold climate with a restricted diet. Mutations were found in genes affecting lipid metabolism, which involves splitting, digesting, absorbing, transporting, and accumulating fat in the body. Read More
Russian scientists proposed replacing traditional methods of cultivating crops with two resource-saving methods: minimal and zero tillage. Such methods help obtain a high yield with maximum profitability and reduce the negative impact on the environment. Read More
In 2018, Russian scientists studied parasitic fungi, killer organisms that turn insects into zombies. One of them, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, sprouts inside the bodies of ants, turning the victim into an obedient puppet. The infected insect wanders in search of a favorable place for the growth of its new owner. Having reached the ideal shelter, the parasitic mushroom paralyzes an insect and slowly kills it. Next, the fruiting body of the fungus springs from the victim’s head, releasing deadly spores into the air. Read More
Photos by Amos Chapple.
Wired magazine published wonderful photos of Oymyakon, which is the coldest town on Earth. This village of 500 residents tucked away in a remote corner of Siberia, just a few hundred miles from the Arctic Circle. Even one look at this pictures is enough to make you freeze. Read More