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Ukraine crisis: Forgotten death of Russian soldier

<b>A thousand miles from Moscow, on a wooden bench in the yard of her parents' house, Oksana shares memories of her brother Konstantin.</b><p>She shows me the medal he'd been awarded for military service in the North Caucasus; some of his army photos, too, including a portrait on a military pendant.<p>"This is …

Putin could be as bad as Stalin, says former defence secretary

Russian president Vladimir Putin has the potential to be as bad as Stalin and the UK must urgently consider how to stave off the threat of a new cold war, former defence secretary Bob Ainsworth has said.<p>The senior Labour MP called for a new review of defence capabilities before the election, …

The hidden hands behind East-West tug of war in Ukraine | US & Canada

News from Brussels on July 28 and from Washington on July 29 that both the EU and US are stepping up sanctions on Russia have been met with a general "it's about time" from the world. Nobody outside Russia, it seems, has trouble roundly condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for fuelling this …

UK chief scientist calls for urgent debate on climate change mitigation

Britain's chief scientist has called for researchers to speak out about the risks and benefits of strategies for tackling climate change before national policies are set by the government.<p>Sir Mark Walport, the government's top science adviser, said the climate change debate had to move on from …

'Love' hormone makes old muscles new again - Futurity

Oxytocin, a hormone associated with nurture and romance, can quickly repair muscles in older mice, new research shows.

Can Ukraine Win Its Information War With Russia?

Scrappy news outlets are emerging in Kiev to counter the Kremlin.<p>Vladimir Putin may be playing cat and mouse with Ukraine on the military front, but Russia has long mobilized the big battalions in its international information war: the Kremlin spends hundreds of millions of dollars on …

Armed, masked Russian separatists seize "decadent" hackspace in Donetsk, Ukraine

The Izolyatsia makerspace in Donetsk, Ukraine, has been seized by armed, masked Russian separatists from the Donetsk People's Republic, who denounced …

Problem-Solving Lessons From NASA

You can have all the luck and intuition in the world, but without extreme competence you’ll be hard-pressed to make it to the moon and back again.<p>Gene Kranz, the steel-nerved flight director of the troubled Apollo 13 mission, is widely associated with the gritty epigram, “failure is not an option.” …

Forget Robots. We'll Soon Be Fusing Technology With Living Matter

SAN FRANCISCO – The future has a funny way of sneaking up on you. You don't notice it until you're soaking in it. That was the feeling at O'Reilly's …

Gaming System Helps Young Babies Kick Their Way To Health

Microsoft’s Kinect gaming system has lots of uses – you can exercise with it, catch criminals or even create real-time light sabers. But now it can also help newborns get their legs stronger.<p>First, a little background: premature babies are at higher risk for cerebral palsy – nearly half of people …

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Virgin Galactic Gets FAA Approval, Hopes to Start Space Tourism by End of 2014

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Virgin Galactic has signed a deal with the FAA that will formally allow them to charter space …

Caring for a baby changes a man's brain, study shows

Parenting a small child requires the forethought of a crisis planner, the reflexes of a professional goalkeeper, the energy of a cheerleader and the empathy of a therapist.<p>After eons of practice at such caregiving, it's clear that mothers have evolved some brawn in those parts of the brain that …

Humans Evolved Weak Muscles to Feed Brain's Growth, Study Suggests

Weak muscles evolved even faster than smart brains in people.<p>We humans may be weaklings by nature.<p><b>Humans appear to have evolved puny muscles even faster than they grew big brains, according to a new metabolic study that pitted people against chimps and monkeys in contests of strength.</b><p>The upshot, …

Mars volcano may have been site for life

Geological landforms spotted on the flanks of a giant Martian volcano suggest that lakes could have existed there just 210m years ago. In geological terms, this is the recent past. On Earth at that time, the earliest dinosaurs were evolving as part of the late Triassic period.<p>No one is suggesting …

Presidents of Russia and France to discuss Ukraine crisis in Paris

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will discuss the crisis in Ukraine at talks with his French counterpart, François Hollande, in Paris on 5 June, the Kremlin has said.<p>The talks will be held at the Elysée Palace in Paris on the eve of a second world war anniversary, and will be Putin's first …