Monthly Archives: December 2016

USA | Obama Administration Issues Sanctions Against Russia, Removes 35 Diplomats

By Derrick Broze

On Thursday the Obama Administration announced a new executive order involving Russia, including new cyber security measures and the removal of 35 Russian diplomats. 

Russia | Warning of ‘collapse’ of buildings in Siberia’s permafrost cities in next 35 years

Threat to Salekhard and Anadyr could come even sooner – by the mid-2020s – as thaw of frozen ground is forecast to have ‘devastating’ impact.

A major new academic study has warned of the risk to buildings in urban areas across Russia’s permafrost zone caused by climate change. The Russian-US analysis says a worst-case scenario could lead to a 75-95% ‘reduction in bearing capacity throughout the permafrost region by 2050’.

Egypt approves transfer of islands to Saudis

Egypt‘s Cabinet has approved the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia despite protests earlier this year and a court ruling that said the transfer was unconstitutional, The Associated Press reports.

8 unique New Year traditions across the world

From smashing dishes on a friend’s porch to timed grape tasting, here are some traditions.

A Wolverine Inspired Material

Researchers create a self-healing, transparent, highly stretchable material that can be electrically activated and used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.

Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.