That's No Moon! Did Russia Deploy An Experimental Killer Satellite?

Russia launched the Kosmos 2499 rocket mission back in May as part of what seemed like just another mission to further develop its constellations of 'Rodnik' communications satellites. Usually three satellites are released during these missions, but this one had a fourth object. » 11/21/14 2:01pm Friday 2:01pm

The gates of hell just opened in Russia (again)

A potash mine in the Perm region, Russia, has collapsed, leaving behind a gigantic sinkhole in the middle of an abandoned town. It's scary but that's not the real bad news: a connected mine just few miles away sits right underneath a town full of people and houses and experts say it may collapse too. » 11/20/14 6:42pm Thursday 6:42pm

Mysterious huge flash illuminates Russian skies, puzzles scientists

This is really, really weird: Multiple sightings and dashcam videos of a gigantic yellow flash that covered the skies of the Sverdlovsk region, in Russia, have been reported on the night of November 14. Scientists and local authorities still don't know what it is or where did it come from. » 11/19/14 8:13am 11/19/14 8:13am

Did these crazy Russians catch a lightning bolt, make one, or wtf?

Not having enough with hanging from buildings and just driving through their Mad Max roads, the crazy Russians now spend their days playing with high voltage electricity. I think here they are trying to emulate Benjamin Franklin catching a lightning with a kite, but I'm not sure what the hell is going on. » 11/12/14 9:26pm 11/12/14 9:26pm

Luckiest guy in the world today survives road crash against all odds

I never get tired of these videos in which someone is standing on wrong spot at the wrong time, yet survives a major crash against all odds. Like this Russian dude, who was standing on a road when some idiotic car driver decided to turn left while a truck was coming down the opposite lane at full speed. » 11/12/14 9:02pm 11/12/14 9:02pm

The Russian Military Despises This Strange Wedge Shaped Spy Ship

When it was launched it looked like nothing else. Its pizza slice-like design made it one of the most stable ships for its size and it has since spawned a whole new class of crazy looking vessels. Yet this clandestine spy ship is most notorious in Russia, whose military absolutely detests its existence. » 10/28/14 3:17pm 10/28/14 3:17pm

Fireballs and Wolves: The Horrifying Story of the First Spacewalk

Almost 60 years ago, we took our first steps into the big, black nothingness of space. Or more specifically, Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov had the honor of taking the very first space-dip. But this was a rush job—a means for the Soviet Union to shame the US and win the space race once and for all. Which they did! … » 10/13/14 12:38pm 10/13/14 12:38pm

The Abandoned Communist Nuclear Reactor That Could Have Killed Us All

Just 90 miles off the tip of Florida lies a half-baked, abandoned relic of the Cold War-era arms race—what was once going to be a joint Cuban-Soviet nuclear reactor. And thank god it never panned out. Because not only do we now have these incredible shots from photographer Darmon Richter, but every last aspect of… » 10/09/14 2:56pm 10/09/14 2:56pm

Photos of new Lego Minecraft sets leaked

Though not slated for release until November, Mir Kubikov, a chain of franchise Lego stores in Russia has prematurely placed the new Minecraft sets in their online store. Though the images are not high resolution, all the pertinent set information is there including some great images of the new Minecraft minifigures. » 10/08/14 3:51pm 10/08/14 3:51pm

Study Shows Most Serious Cyberattacks Are Coming From Inside the US

When we think about where hackers come from, China is probably the first country that comes to mind—for good reason, too. Russia's maybe next in line. But a controlled experiment by cyber security researchers shows that the vast majority of attacks actually come from a very familiar place: the United States. » 9/24/14 11:00am 9/24/14 11:00am

Inside the Former Soviet Union's Secret Nuclear Test Cities

Though it played out on the international stage, the arms race between the United States and the USSR took place mainly in rural, isolated parts of the world. The Americans tested their nuclear bombs on a desolate patch of Nevada. The Russians chose a barren polygon-shaped patch of what is now Kazakhstan. » 9/12/14 11:54am 9/12/14 11:54am

This Giant Russian Ship Is Toting Two Submarines

America's isn't the only military to rely on heavy-lift transport vessels, the unusual class of utility ship that helped ferry the crippled USS Cole home for repairs. Russia has just released a series of photos documenting the slow return trip to the Zvezdochka shipyard for a pair of its Akula II-class submarines, the » 9/09/14 5:30pm 9/09/14 5:30pm

Terrifying dash cam video shows what it is like to be inside a tornado

According to the Youtube description, this video—published yesterday in Reddit but shot last year—captures the moment when a tornado violently hits a village in Bashkiria, Russia. The hair-raising footage was taken from a car's dash cam that stayed on even when the tornado was passing right over it. » 9/02/14 11:35pm 9/02/14 11:35pm