Russian scientists study prehistoric animal viruses from the permafrost

Researchers analyze prehistoric viruses in animals dug out from the Siberian permafrost.

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  • Scientists in a Siberian laboratory in Russia began studying ancient viruses.
  • The viruses come from prehistoric animals dug out from the melting permafrost.
  • The research lab used to be a center for the development of biological weapons.
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Newly discovered mineral petrovite could revolutionize batteries

A mineral made in a Kamchatka volcano may hold the answer to cheaper batteries, find scientists.

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  • Russian scientists discover a new mineral in the volcanic area of Kamchatka in the country's far east.
  • The mineral dubbed "petrovite" can be utilized to power sodium-ion batteries.
  • Batteries based on salt would be cheaper to produce than lithium-ion batteries.
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Russia claims world's first COVID-19 vaccine but skepticism abounds

President Vladimir Putin announces approval of Russia's coronavirus vaccine but scientists warn it may be unsafe.

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  • Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in Russia.
  • Scientists around the world are worried that the vaccine is unsafe and that Russia fast-tracked the vaccine without performing the necessary phase 3 trials.
  • To date, Russia has had nearly 900,000 registered cases of coronavirus.
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    Russian company accidentally spills 20,000 tons of oil into Arctic river

    It's one of the nation's worst oil spills on record.

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    • The accident occurred in the Siberian city of Norilsk.
    • The company said thawing permafrost caused a fuel tank to collapse.
    • Thawing permafrost poses a major threat to Russia's oil industry, which is the world's third largest.
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    Archaeologists solve the enigma of Ice Age mammoth bone circles

    Strange bone circles made from mammoths revealed clues about how ancient communities survived Europe's last ice age.

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    • Archaeologists found new clues to the purpose of the bone circles in Russia and Ukraine from the last Ice Age.
    • The previous theories assumed they were used for dwellings.
    • The new finds indicate they were used partially for fuel and had remains of different plants.
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