Researchers just sequenced the world's oldest known DNA, which came from mammoth teeth found in the Siberian permafrost.
A local resident from Yakutia, Siberia found the ancient carcass of a juvenile woolly rhino in melting permafrost. Researchers said the carcass is between 20,000 and 50,000 years old, and the most complete young woolly rhino ever found. Most of the rhino’s fur coat, hooves, and internal organs are intact […]
As temperatures rise in Arctic regions like Siberia, researchers have observed “zombie” wildfires: blazes that smolder underground in the winter and return to the surface in the summer. Zombie wildfires can combine with new blazes, making fires stronger and more widespread. Fires in the Arctic region burn peat and other […]
Around 3,500 homeless people live in Omsk, a city in Siberia – known for having one of the coldest winters in the world. Temperatures there can fall to minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 30 Celsius, in the depths of winter. To survive the freezing cold, many people in the […]
Russia is the world’s largest producer of diamonds by volume. More than 43 million carats were mined in Russia in 2018. On a recent trip to Russia, I flew from Moscow to Siberia to visit a diamond mine operated by Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond miner by volume. The Botuobinskaya […]
Innokentiy Nogovitsyn is a Russian diamond miner in Siberia. The 30-year-old works for Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond miner by volume. Nogovitsyn wakes up at 5:30 a.m. every day, takes a 30-minute bus ride to work, and spends nine hours each day in the mine. In his job monitoring methane […]
In June, I rode the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway more than 2,000 miles across four time zones in Russia. For most of my 50-hour journey, I was sharing a compartment with Russians who spoke little to no English. The smartest thing I did before my trip was downloading the offline translation […]
A Russian military ammunition depot that exploded on Monday has exploded again, injuring at least another 10 people. The ammunition storage facility, believed to house tens of thousands of artillery shells, caught fire and exploded on Monday, killing one and injuring 13 others, as a result of “human error.” The […]
On a recent trip to Russia, I spent 50 hours riding the Trans-Siberian Railway across more than 2,000 miles and four time zones in Russia. It was the experience of a lifetime, but there are a few things I wish I’d known before my journey. I wish I would have […]
Mirny is a diamond mining town in Siberia,Russia, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) from the Arctic Circle. Most of the town’s roughly 40,000 residents work for Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond miner by volume. On a trip to Russia last summer, I spent three days in Mirny with Alrosa. I […]
Thousands of flammable lakes are popping up all over Alaska and Siberia. Rising global temperatures are thawing and melting permafrost in the Arctic, which creates these thermokarst lakes that bubble with methane. The methane is flammable, but also getting into the atmosphere where it can contribute to further climate change. […]
Vladimir Putin is a competent chef and makes meat kebabs with a secret barbecue sauce for guests when on vacation in Tuva, Siberia, the region’s leader has said. Chairman Sholban Kara-ool told RIA Novosti that Putin loves to cook shashlik – grilled meat on a kebab skewer – but keeps […]
A Russian water provider has imposed a sinister way of incentivizing customers to pay their bills on time, according to a BBC report. The “Toilet of Shame” or “Debtors’ Toilet” was recently installed outside a tower block in Irkutsk, a town in Siberia, where temperatures dip as low as -28 […]
Russian scientists have revived tiny worms that had been frozen for 42,000 years. After being removed from Siberian permafrost, the worms were gradually thawed in a lab until they started moving around and consuming food. The scientists say their findings could have implications for astrobiology and cryomedicine. A group of […]
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