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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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Fallout suggests a nuclear reactor blew up in Russia, experts say

New findings show that Russian explosion was from a nuclear reactor.

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  • Nuclear experts confirm that the Russian explosion that occurred earlier in August was likely from a nuclear reactor.
  • Rapidly decaying radioactive isotopes were found in the surrounding area.
  • A number of independent researchers confirmed the findings.
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Russia sends humanoid robot to space, fails to dock with ISS

The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.

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  • Russia launched a spacecraft carrying FEDOR, a humanoid robot.
  • Its mission is to help astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
  • Such androids can eventually help with dangerous missions likes spacewalks.
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​China is using fake social media accounts to spread disinformation about Hong Kong protesters

In modern disinformation warfare, social media is the main battlefield.

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  • Twitter and Facebook say they've deleted multiple accounts that appear to be connected to a state-backed disinformation campaign.
  • The accounts paint the Hong Kong protesters in an extremely negative light, with some calling them cockroaches.
  • In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands of protesters have been marching for 11 weeks, in what started as a fierce objection to a bill that would extradite Hong Kong citizens to China.
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