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Russia, China To Connect With $242 Billion Beijing-Moscow Rail Link

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On January 21, Beijing’s city government officially announced plans to build a high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow. According to Bloomberg, “China will build a 7,000-kilometer (4,350-mile) high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow, at a cost of 1.5 trillion yuan ($242 billion), Beijing’s city government said on the social networking site Weibo.”   The route would pass through Kazakhstan and take roughly 30 hours, encouraging travel between Russia and Asia (it currently takes around 5 days to make the trip

World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 100x More Food While Using 99% Less Water

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Humans have spent around 10,000 years mastering the art of farming. But one thing we  have yet to figure out is how to prevent the destruction of crops as a result of natural weather-related disasters, like severe droughts and violent storms. Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist and indoor farmer based in eastern Japan, thinks he may have solved that problem. Shimamura got the idea to pursue indoor farming when, as a teenager, he came across a “vegetable factory” at Expo ’85 (an international science and technology

Vladimir Putin Extends Olive Branch of Sorts In New Year’s Message to Obama

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On Wednesday (December 31), Russian President Vladimir Putin sent out New Year’s greetings to a number of current and former public officials around the world. Among these greetings was one addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama. In the greeting, Putin said that both Russia and the U.S. share mutual responsibility for maintaining international peace. Putin added that, “Russian-American partnership could have been developing successfully,” despite the tense relationship between the two countries over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Putin also referenced the upcoming 70th

Russia Plans to Build A Genetic Noah’s Ark By Collecting DNA of All Living Things

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Researchers from Moscow State University just announced plans for a bold new project: creating a databank on all of Earth’s living organisms. The plans were announced by the university’s president Dr. Viktor Sadovnichy at a press conference this past Thursday (December 25). “I call the project ‘Noah’s Ark.’ It will involve the creation of a depository – a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we

Unique Red and Green Rock Containing 30,000 Diamonds Discovered in Siberian Mine

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According to IFL Science… “Researchers have unveiled a strange ornament-sized rock from near the Arctic that’s red and green and comprised of diamonds. Nearly 30,000 colorless micro-diamonds, to be exact.”   The strange rock was discovered in Siberia’s Udachnaya Diamond Mine, which is dominated by mantle xenoliths. Mantle xenoliths are rocks made up of a number of different minerals that are fused together by high temperatures and pressures deep within the Earth’s mantle. The rocks are then pushed up to

Russia/U.S. Tension Grows: U.S. Sends 100 Tanks Into Eastern Europe To Counter “Russian Aggression”

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According to The Washington Times… “The U.S. Army plans to send 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into Eastern Europe as a deterrent to “Russian aggression”. ”   The aggression being referred to is in reference to Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the recent Ukrainian uprising, and the continued presence of Russian military forces in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are still skirmishing with pro-Russian rebels. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in eastern Ukraine, but NATO (the North

US Funded/Published Textbooks Promoting Jihad Are Still Being Used by Taliban Today

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In the late 1970s, Afghanistan went through a period of political upheaval – exacerbated by the global chess game being played between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. In 1975, a group of militants from the Jamiat Islami party attempted to overthrow the government. Though the attempt was unsuccessful, support for the Islamist party continued to grow. In April of 1978, Mir Akbar Khyber – a well-known Afghan intellectual and leader of a major faction of the People’s Democratic Party

The Effects of Cheap Oil: Russia’s Economy Has Shrunk to the Size of Korea’s or Spain’s

Monday was a very bad day for the already-struggling Russian economy. The rouble (Russia’s currency) suffered its largest single-day decline since 1998, losing 9% of its value in a matter of hours. The drop was a response to yet another fall in the price of oil, which now sits at a five-year low of $67.50/barrel. It’s been a long series of bad news for the Russian economy lately. Since Russia annexed Crimea during the Ukrainian uprising in March, the United States and

NSA Chief Says China Is Capable of Shutting Down Entire U.S. Power Grid With Cyber Attack

Admiral Michael Rogers is the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command. Speaking to the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday (November 20), Rogers said that China and “one or two” other countries currently possess the ability to shut down the entire U.S. power grid, as well as other critical infrastructure. Rogers told the congressional panel that his agencies had detected malware in China capable of breaking into the computer networks of major power companies and other critical systems. “It enables

Russia and China Just Signed A $400 Billion Gas Deal. What Does It Mean For Global Affairs?

On May 21st of this year, China and Russia signed an enormous gas deal, worth an estimated $400 billion. The agreement calls for Russia’s government-controlled Gazprom to supply state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation with up to 38 billion cubic metres of gas a year over the span of 30 years, beginning in 2018. On November 10th, China and Russia struck a second agreement that deepened their budding energy ties. The new deal lessens Russian reliance on Europe and secures almost a fifth of the gas supplies China

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