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Energy from blood: How can we turn our veins into power plants? - Russia Beyond

You can buy wireless recharges for your cell phone; the technology for recharging batteries wirelessly has been around for several decades. But the method can't be applied to the pacemakers that some lives depend on. If something goes wrong with a battery, the entire device has to be replaced. For …

Clean Energy

Royal diseases: 4 Russian rulers and heirs leveled by sickness - Russia Beyond

When Emperor Pavel I died in his castle in 1801, the official cause given was a stroke, although many Russians suspected — correctly, it turned out — that the tsar had been killed by a group of aristocrats. The official story seemed plausible: Despite Russia’s turbulent history, chronic illness has …

World History

10 Soviet avant-garde buildings from Moscow to Far East that will blow your mind - Russia Beyond

American historian of Russian architecture and expert photographer William Brumfield recently gave a lecture at the Jewish Museum in Moscow about photographing Soviet avant-garde architecture.<p>Afterwardshe shared with Russia Beyond photographsof tenhis favorite avant-garde buildings across …

Architecture

What are Russia’s most valuable internet companies?

Russian internet giant <b>Yandex</b> placed first among the most valuable online companies in the Russian Internet (RuNet), according to a ranking released by the Russian-language version of Forbes magazine on Feb. 21. (link in Russian)<p>With a market capitalization of around $12.4 billion, the company’s …

Kaspersky Lab

Check out Russia’s Kalmykia: The only region in Europe where Buddhism rules the roost - Russia Beyond

These descendants of ancient Mongols, known as Kalmyks, live in southern Russia in the the Republic of Kalmykia, the only Buddhist state in Europe. They built this temple to preserve their religion after the Soviet government tried to wipe out their way of life.<p>Much of the Republic of Kalmykia’s …

Hinduism

Historical first: Russian figure skaters set two world records in a row

Medvedeva received 81.61 points, beating her own achievement reached earlier during this Olympics' team tournament competition. A few minutes later, Zagitova surpassed her friend and teammate with a score of 82.92.<p>Zagitova was so shocked that she couldn’t believe her result. Medvedeva congratulated …

Figure Skating

Russia paid hundreds of millions of Tsarist-era debts but it’s not enough. Why? - Russia Beyond

When in early February 1918, the Bolsheviks declared that they did not recognize the Romanovs’ debts, it “shocked international finance and sparked off unanimous condemnation by the governments of the great powers.” Overall debts of 60 billion rubles⃰ were repudiated, 16 billion⃰ (the link is in …

Russia

How a Russian climber rescued U.S. alpinists on top of Mt. Everest - Russia Beyond

On May 10, 1996, a fierce blizzard blasted Mt. Everest, trapping mountain climbers on their way down. Several expedition members were caught in the so-called “death zone” – an altitude of more than 8,000 meters where there’s little oxygen and people can quickly perish. At that altitude the brain …

Mountaineering

Russia’s T-14 Armata tank to be equipped with new advanced ‘coded’ rounds - Russia Beyond

On Feb. 9 Russia’s main tank manufacturer announced the development of a new generation of ammunition for the T-14 Armata.<p>Kalashnikov Concern has not yet disclosed the details about the projectiles as they are classified. However, Russia Beyond has done some digging...<p>Each improved projectile for …

Russia

5 incredible books: How did writer Ludmila Ulitskaya become a modern-day classic? - Russia Beyond

Imagine if all the great classic writers of the past were reincarnated in one intelligent woman? Her bestselling novels depict love and death, people in different jobs and ages, as well as Soviet and modern Russian realities.<p>Ludmila Ulitskaya’s astounding novels have been translated into 25 …

Books

St. Petersburg authorities offer reward of $18,000 in war against icicles

The St. Petersburg foundation, “Prodvizhenie” (“Advancement”), announced the start of a competition for scientists, businessmen and engineers under the age of 35 to create a device to eliminate icicles from city rooftops.<p>“Prodvizhenie” is ready to pay 1 million rubles (about $18,000) for the …

Russia

Who are the two bronze guys on Red Square standing for Russian freedom? - Russia Beyond

This monument survived even the reconstruction of Moscow in the 1930s, when many Tsarist-era monuments and buildings were demolished. The reason for its survival owes to the patriotic meaning of the memorial, symbolizing the unity between the folk (Minin, a common leader), and state power …

World History

7 books to help you achieve success, recommended by the CEO of Russia’s top bank

The library of CEO and Chairman of the executive board of Sberbank Herman Gref boasts 70 books with tips, suggestions, and simple rules for managing time and business. Here’s a short list of Gref's collection that you can easily find in bookstores.<p><b>1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by</b> …

Fannie Mae

Moscow ranked 6th among European ‘cities of the future’

In the “cities of the future” rankings created by fDi Intelligence (FDI), Moscow currently sits sixth in Europe. London occupies top spot, followed by Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, and Munich.<p>According to fDi, the bi-annual rating takes into account the infrastructure, incentives, and capabilities of …

Smart Cities

Videos: Epic KOs by Russian boxers - Russia Beyond

<b>#1 Sergey Kovalev</b><p>Kovalev, aka the “Krusher” (sic), is The Ring Magazine’s current number four pick in its prestigious rating, “pound for pound all weights,” and he has earned it.<p>Kovalev’s professional record stands at 31 wins, 27 by knockout. He only lost twice to the now retired light heavyweight …

Boxing

Why is the double-headed eagle Russia’s national symbol? - Russia Beyond

An eagle on a country’s coat of arms is quite common – this bird is as popular a national symbol as the lion. “He is the king of birds; just like the lion is believed to rule all animals, and he is associated with the cult of the sun,” Georgy Vilinbakhov, head of Russia’s Heraldic Council, explains.<p>…

Russia

Russia moves up to 5th in rankings for best European country for students - Russia Beyond

Russia has nailed down<p>fifthspot in the rankings of best European countries when it comes to quality of education, cost of living, and chances of finding work in the country after graduation - according to the newly published Study.EU Country Ranking 2018. Russia now only trails the Netherlands, …

Russia

Surprised by Russia: 5 things that charmed Arnold Schwarzenegger in Moscow - Russia Beyond

1. Rediscovery of Moscow<p>Schwarzenegger confessed that he was amazed after rediscovering Russia and actually fell in love with the country during his visit in 1988. He came to Moscow at the height of Gorbachev’s Perestroika to play the role of Soviet police officer Ivan Danko in the movie <i>Red Heat</i>. …

Russia

In the wash: How to use laundry services in Moscow - Russia Beyond

Most Russians have a washing machine (and sometimes even a tumble dryer) at home. But what do you do if you have neither and desperately need to wash your clothes in Moscow?<p><b>Laundry services</b><p>Public laundries are not widespread in the Russian capital but there are lots of cleaning services that clean …

Russia

Why do brown bears on the Kuril Islands have an odd silver tint? - Russia Beyond

Silver-tinted brown bears have been spotted for several years on the islands of Kunashir and Iturup in Russia’s Kuril chain in the north Pacific. Currently, their numbers are unclear and there is no consensus as to why they’re different from other brown bears.<p>According to Evgeny Kozlovsky, deputy …

Wildlife

Mannik: The mind-blowing Arabic cake ‘a-la Russe’ - Russia Beyond

Russians are all about using semolina - or “manka,” as they call it - in cooking. Semolina is a common ingredient in porridge, puddings, cutlets, and soups. My favorite way of incorporating manka in cooking is making a sponge cake called semolina cake - or just mannik.<p>There’s a popular belief that …

Dessert

Russian scientists lay the foundations for next-generation wearable tech - Russia Beyond

The potential of our gadgets, including smartphones and tablets, are nowhere near where they should be. The biggest challenge is touchscreen, especially when it comes to refresh rate, response time, and power consumption.<p>The global haptic market - the technology associated with the sense of touch - …

Nanotech

Insect antics: Russian photographer snaps stunning pics of complex creatures - Russia Beyond

Andrey Pavlov lays the blanket on the ground and settles himself in close proximity to the anthill to observe its inhabitants’ daily routines. This way he learns about the insects’ habits, daily life, and the colony’s internal organization.<p>“Right before our eyes there’s a lot of fuss. If they are …

Biology

How Russians celebrated Maslenitsa?

Last week was pancake week in Russia - the country celebrated the traditional Slavic Maslenitsa holiday which also marks the beginning of the Lenten Season.<p>How did it go? Well, here’s your chance to see what the locals get up. We picked the best photos - don't miss it next year!<p>While some people …

Russia

Russians spot striking resemblance between swamp meme and Fendi ad

Italian fashion brand Fendi's new ad campaign for its men’s spring-summer collection has caught the attention of Russian Facebook users. They have been comparing it to a meme of a Russian boy in a swamp...<p>In 2016 a 16-year-old schoolboy from Chelyabinsk organized a photo session for a competition …

Memes

Kremlin lights to be switched off for Earth Hour - Russia Beyond

For the tenth time Moscow will participate in Earth Hour, a movement organized by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) encouraging people to turn off non-essential electric lights for 60 minutes on March 24.<p>Artistic light displays on the Russian capital’s buildings, advertisements, and other urban …

Russia

Vodka is not Russian! And other facts you didn't know

Russia Beyond<p>Watch our explainer to discover the truth of vodka's origins, and whether modern Russians are as obsessed with it as you've been led to believe.<p>If using any of Russia Beyond's content, partly or in full, always provide an active hyperlink to the original material.

Russia

5 innovative projects from Russia’s Skolkovo that can benefit the world - Russia Beyond

A year ago, Russia’s leading high-tech hub near the outskirts of Moscow welcomed its first residents. Officially known as Skolkovo Technopark, the hub has more than 200 startups which enjoy access to the local infrastructure, as well as financial and legal support that aims to foster …

Russia

What is a typical Russian from Siberia like? - Russia Beyond

Siberia is so big that not even every Russian knows where it starts or ends. Its territory is bigger than that of Canada, the second largest country in the world in terms of area, and the very thought of Siberia conjures up images of extreme frost and an impassable taiga.<p>All this is true, but only …

Siberia

Sushi or smallpox? 4 amazing Russian Instagram accounts you need to follow - Russia Beyond

Yana Samsonova, a microbiologist from the Urals city of Ufa (1350 km east of Moscow), decided to shed light on the rich inner world of humankind. She uses her Instagram account to publish images of microorganisms taken with light and electron microscopes, accompanied with a mini-lecture on …

Amazing