Google Maps Stays Neutral By Only Showing Your Side in Border Disputes

Border disputes are still going on in a bunch of places around the world. That makes life difficult for mapmakers, and especially difficult for the world's favorite online map service, Google Maps. As The Washington Post points out, Google strives to not get stuck in the middle of a territorial struggle, by showing you … » 4/02/14 2:40pm 4/02/14 2:40pm

NASA Cuts All Non-ISS Ties with Russia Over Ukraine (Updated)

In an internal memo, NASA has stated that it will suspend all interaction with the Russian government, in response to Russia's violations of Ukraine's territorial independence (Update: official statement below). Fortunately for U.S. astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson, both currently orbiting on the… » 4/02/14 2:25pm 4/02/14 2:25pm

These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities In the Past and Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, row houses are torn down, neighborhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in and of themselves, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing. » 4/01/14 9:00am 4/01/14 9:00am

All About the Military Dolphins of the US (And Now Russia)

In what is easily one of the stranger twists in the military takeover of Crimea, the Russians have seized control of Ukraine's navy dolphin fleet. Yes, dolphins. The annals of dolphin military history is actually teeming with improbable tales, so let this be your guide to the cetacean Cold War. » 3/27/14 10:00am 3/27/14 10:00am

Terrifying GoPro video from tanks in Syria's war zone

Need a quick reminder as to why war should be avoided at all costs? Spend an hour in the driver's seat of a Syrian Army T-72 tank column as it spews destruction through Syria's Darayya warzone. Then watch the rebels destroying the tanks. Warning: Although you can't see the bodies, fighters on both sides are dying. This … » 3/20/14 7:31pm 3/20/14 7:31pm

What America Can Learn From Russia's Cheap But Deadly T90 Tank

The Russian T-90, a hybrid evolution of the T-72 and T-80, weighs in at almost 48 tons, and would lead Russia into battle if a major land conflict erupted today — not a crazy idea anymore. Here's what the Pentagon should learn something from the thrifty, simple and dangerously effective tank? » 3/13/14 1:58pm 3/13/14 1:58pm

Russian anti-aircraft gun malfunctions almost killing everyone around

This footage shows a Russian 9K22 Tunguska anti-aircraft weapon system going out of control as it during a recent exercise firing with real ammo. Miraculously, it was reported that nobody was harmed in the incident. Some people are speculating this was filmed in Crimea, but it could have been at the recent war games… » 3/05/14 11:21pm 3/05/14 11:21pm

What the Ukrainian Crisis Means for Astronauts in Space

Ever since NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011, the only way to get up to the International Space Station is on a Russian Soyuz. That's why the six humans currently orbiting in space—including two Americans and three Russians—might be paying attention to what's happening on earth two hundred miles below. As… » 3/04/14 1:20pm 3/04/14 1:20pm

The Great and Secret Salt Heist That Saved the Sochi Olympics

Believe it or not, salt is an incredibly important tool when you're trying to keep a ski mountain running during a warm spell. Unfortunately, the organizers of the Sochi Games did not believe this fact, and late last week, that oversight almost ruined the Olympics. » 2/17/14 11:20am 2/17/14 11:20am

Why Olympic Mascots Are Always So Goddamn Creepy

Every two years, the world takes part in a figurative dance that's been decades in the making. First, it's the iconic passing of the torch. Then, an epic, national-pride-filled opening ceremony. And, finally, it's the moment we've all been waiting for. The holiest and most timeless of Olympic traditions: It's time to… » 2/12/14 3:00pm 2/12/14 3:00pm

Can Sochi Get Its Shit Together?

By all accounts—except maybe Vladimir Putin's—the small Russian resort town of Sochi isn't ready for the Olympics. In fact, coverage of the preparations has taken on a downright panic-stricken tone. Can Sochi pull it out of the flames? The answer is yes—but at a steep cost. » 2/03/14 2:40pm 2/03/14 2:40pm