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Ancestors’ carnivorous habits made us outlive apes
A genetic adaptation to increasing the consumption of raw meat by ancient humans may have given us protection from age diseases. Puzzlingly, a variant of the same gene can be rather more harmful than beneficial.

December 15, 2009 19:37

Iranian sentenced for buying American technology outside US
A court in the US state of Delaware has sentenced an Iranian man to five years in prison for trying to buy components for Iranian fighter planes and missile guidance systems in violation of America's arms embargo.

December 16, 2009 02:51

"GLONASS will improve fast, but its availability is important"
Rene Pischel, the head of the Moscow office of the European Space Agency, believes that in the future there will be many more uses for GLONASS-like navigating systems than just road navigation.

December 14, 2009 20:25

GLONASS now covers all of Russia
A Proton rocket carrying three satellites for Russia's navigation system GLONASS, which will enable the system to cover all of Russia, has been launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

March 03, 2010 23:33

Russia’s young at massive risk of heart attack
The rate of heart attacks in young Russian men has increased tenfold in just twenty years. The recent death of a 22-year-old movie star, caused by heart failure, has highlighted the serious nature of the condition.

January 14, 2010 12:22

Gene map shows panda’s thorny path to vegan lifestyle
The iconic bamboo-eating giant panda is apparently unable to digest plant food on its own. A complete genome sequence of the Chinese bear found no genes producing the enzyme needed to break down cellulose.

December 14, 2009 11:14

Clearing the road for eco-cars in Moscow
As Moscow's streets almost literally crack under the pressure of the moving masses, local government says that new, environmentally-friendly public transport is almost ready to hit the roads.

December 13, 2009 07:51

Exterminator exterminated?
Rinderpest, also known as cattle plague, could soon become the second-ever disease officially wiped off the face of the Earth through human effort.

December 10, 2009 16:25

“‘Beast of Kandahar’ was probably flying against targets inside Iran”
Afghanistan is pretty well covered by US surveillance capabilities – aircraft, ground systems, other mechanisms, but Kandahar is not very far away from the Iranian border, says investigative journalist Wayne Madsen.

December 12, 2009 18:48

Next ISS crew-to-be arrives in Baikonur
The next crew destined for the International Space Station has arrived from Moscow at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan ahead of their launch on December 21.

December 09, 2009 21:16

Millions at stake in lunar challenge
Twenty privately-funded teams from across the world are gearing up for the Google Lunar X Prize challenge, and Russia’s team has high hopes of winning.

December 09, 2009 11:04

Latest ISS crew return, greeted at Star City
It’s been almost a week since the TMA-15 crew members arrived back on Earth after a six-month space mission, but the welcome-home still continues for the ISS’ most recent star-trackers.

December 07, 2009 23:10

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