USA's first space shuttles could be used as carriers of strike weapons. Soon afterwards, the Soviet Union unveiled the most powerful and most expensive space ship with a unique automatic landing system. The spacecraft was called Buran. On 15 November 1988, the Buran blasted off into space on board a unique carrier rocket Energia
Chinese and European astrophysics admitted the possibility of a solar superflare that may become deadly to many living beings on the planet. However, Russian experts believe that we have nothing to be afraid of. The most recent solar superflare did not cause massive deaths. There were periods of global extinctions in the history of the Earth
It is generally believed that mankind of the XXI century is much more progressive than our predecessors, who lived hundreds and thousands of years ago. However, in ancient times, there were technologies that could come in handy in our days. However, the secret of those technologies has been irretrievably lost
Asteroid 2004 BL86, slated to swoosh by Earth on Jan. 26, is the largest known body to pass near our home planet until 2027. The asteroid will miss Earth at a velocity of about 15.7 km/s. This January is a busy month for near-Earth asteroids. Only this week, two space rocks passed by our planet at a very close distance of less than 2 LD
The main propaganda of the elites of the capitalist globalization regarding the market economy and the lowering of prices of a particular product is that the more enterprises operate in a market, the more they will compete with each-other and the more they will raise the quality of their services and products
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson is ready to invest his wealth in a web coverage project for the most hard-to-reach corners of the world, districts with a poor infrastructure, and passengers of various airlines. Global low-altitude satellite projects were initiated as far back as in the 90's, when the main competitors were Iridium and Teledesic
Nature magazine: While we are destroying out ecosphere, namely the planet which hosts us and its inhabitants, we also have good news stories: the relationship between a species of squid and a bacteria which protects it. Enter center stage Hawaiian bobtail squid and Vibrio fischeri.
One of the most fascinating aspects of being human is the ability to create. Creation, in some sense, requires the ability to think outside of the box and to distance or separate the mind from a problem. Mathematics might be viewed as our effort to establish a logical template for our apparently infinite ability to create
Communities of microbes, sustainable ecosystems deep below the Earth's crust? Not probably, but certainly and not only at one site, according to an article printed in the magazine Nature on December 17. Will the research also help scientists discover life beneath the crust of Mars?
Some of them may be destined to pay our planet a close visit someday, as the one that hit Russia in February 2013. Who would have predicted that? Lately, one of the potentially hazardous asteroids, named 2014 UR116, created quite a buzz when various media reported that the 370-wide space rock may hit Earth
The maiden flight of NASA's next-generation Orion spacecraft was highly anticipated. Orion lifted off Thursday, igniting a chase for America's dream of space exploration where no human has ever been, just like in 1969, setting foot on the Moon. Now, it's a start for a journey far beyond, to Mars via asteroids
To confront capitalism and defend life and territories - On the occasion of the UN climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru - known as COP20 - we warn that rejecting REDD+ and 'environmental services', under the 'green economy' umbrella, is a central part of our struggle against capitalism and extractive industries and in the defense of...
The description of atomic bullets can be found in science fiction, but few people know that such munitions were reality in the USSR. One such bullet could melt an armoured tank, while several atomic bullets would destroy a multistory building. Why did the Soviet Union have to cease the production of such powerful ammo?