Old KGB Radio Intercept Stations Are Still Operational and Listening

We recently learned that the NSA is definitely watching us, and as it turns out, our Soviet Big Brother is spying on us too. Intelligence historian Matthew Aid discovered through declassified CIA documents that Russia still has a massive network of former KGB listening stations that are actively eavesdropping. And… » 7/09/13 8:43am 7/09/13 8:43am

Russia's Surprisingly Sane Plan to Build a Floating Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear-powered submarines, aircraft carriers, and even icebreakers have been in operation for over 50 years now with a remarkable success rate. So Russia is planning to further commercialize that technology by building a fleet of floating nuclear power plants that will provide electricity to remote areas where… » 7/08/13 12:47pm 7/08/13 12:47pm

Bing Maps Has Revealed Russia's Secret Stealth Fighter Jet

Bing Maps is apparently really great at one thing: revealing top secret military information. After capturing a top secret military base, Bing has now caught a stealth Russian airplane that's been shrouded in mystery. The Bing Maps image above shows Russia's MIG Project 1.44, Russia's first attempt at building a… » 6/27/13 11:10pm 6/27/13 11:10pm

Cosmonewts Come Home After Russians Send Animals To Space

45 mice, 15 newts, eight gerbils and a handful of snails returned to Earth today after a month in space in a Russian capsule. The Bion-M completed a parachute-assisted landing about 750 miles southeast of Moscow, and researchers immediately set up a mobile lab near the capsule to begin tests on the animals. » 5/19/13 10:20am 5/19/13 10:20am

It's Only Reasonable To Think That This Russian Volcano Looks Like…

The Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka, Russia is going kind of crazy this month. And Live Journal user Lusika33 has been following the eruptions from land and air. It's pretty amazing to think that these rivers of lava are flowing right now. It seems like shooting from the helicopter may have been kind of scary… » 4/21/13 3:00pm 4/21/13 3:00pm

Russian Heavy Flame Thrower Systems: As If Tanks Weren't Badass Enough…

For as cool as hurling columns of fire at your enemies is, "flamethrower guy" was one of the most dangerous jobs in the military—one stray bullet and the big canister of napalm strapped to you goes ka-boom and you along with it. So what better way to safely spread thermobaric mayhem than by incorporating your… » 4/08/13 11:30am 4/08/13 11:30am

How to Get a Can of Soda for Free from a Vending Machine

If you're ever thirsty for delicious carbonated sugar syrup and find yourself without any cash or quarters, maybe you'll be wise enough to carry around a measuring tape with you. Turns out, the wild minds of Russia have developed a slick vending machine hack that'll give you free sodas. And it only takes just a… » 3/26/13 7:20pm 3/26/13 7:20pm

What the Russian Meteorite's Shockwave Really Felt Like on the Ground

As we get to know more and more about how powerful the meteorite that exploded over Russia really was, something still gets lost in translation. This video makes it abundantly clear how strong the blast was. The footage is collected from different locations throughout the Chelyabinsk city and shows how it really felt… » 2/21/13 10:00pm 2/21/13 10:00pm

It Hurts To See These 127 iPhones Crushed By a Bulldozer, Even Though…

Counterfeit goods that get found out often get destroyed. That should come as no surprise. But that doesn't mean it's easy to watch, especially if the fakes are convincing. Take this Russian crush-fest, for example, where a bulldozer demolished 127 iPhones found to be cheap imitations masquerading as the real thing.… » 1/20/13 11:11am 1/20/13 11:11am