by June Javelosa, Futurism
Explosions and gunfire—once the hallmarks of modern warfare—will soon be a thing of the past. Military initiatives are focusing their efforts on the development of a new weapon that relies on electromagnetic conductors: the railgun.
Now, a team of Russian scientists have successfully tested their first railgun prototype, which they say can fire shells at 3 kilometers per second—fast enough to tear through any type of armor that exists today. Continue reading Dasvidaniya! Russia Successfully Tests New Weapon That Can Blow Away Any Type of Armor
by Mike Wall, Space.com
Russia’s space program and NASA are working together on a mission to Venus that would investigate some of the scorching-hot planet’s biggest mysteries, including, perhaps, whether it harbors life.
An international team of scientists tasked with fleshing out the main goals of the mission, which is known as Venera-D, is wrapping up its work and will deliver its final report to NASA and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute by the end of the month, said David Senske, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Continue reading Russia, US Mulling Joint Mission to Venus
by Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics
The Surrogat drone can prospect for natural resources and imitate a nuclear missile submarine
A famous Russian submarine design bureau is working on a drone that imitates submarines. The drone, tentatively named “Surrogat,” could be a useful decoy in baiting a trap…or escaping one. Continue reading Russia Says It’s Working on a Drone That Can Imitate Any Sub
by Tom Brant, PC Mag
The move could be a warning to other US tech companies.
Russians could soon lose access to LinkedIn, following a court decision this week that found the professional social network to be in violation of the country’s data protection laws.
Last year, Russia passed a law requiring any personal data on Russian citizens collected by companies to be stored within the country, the New York Times reports. A Moscow court on Thursday upheld a previous ruling that LinkedIn does not meet that requirement, and Internet service providers could start blocking the site as early as Monday. Continue reading Russia Bans LinkedIn for Violating Data Protection Laws