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Zero in Russia
May 16, 2007

Zero in Russia

By Paul E. Richardson

In the May/June 2007 issue of Russian Life, Mikhail Ivanov's column on the use of "zero," "null," etc. in Russian slang got us wondering: just when and how was the concept and notation of zero introduced into Russian. We could find nothing in our printed references or anywhere online. So we polled some experts. Below we reprint two excellent replies we received.

Supersonic Flight
May 09, 2007

Supersonic Flight

By Linda DeLaine

Meet the TU-144, Russia's achievement, albeit short lived, in supersonic flight. On Dec. 31, 1968, Russia's TU-144 supersonic airliner made its first flight, several months ahead of the Anglo-French Concorde.

Jarkov Mammoth
October 18, 2005

Jarkov Mammoth

By Linda DeLaine

Finding the remains of the prehistoric giant mammoth in the far reaches of northern Siberia is not an unusual occurrence. Bones and tusks reveal themselves when the permafrost thaws. However, the discovery of an intact mammoth is something for scientists to get excited about.

Tunguska Event
June 26, 2001

Tunguska Event

By Linda DeLaine

What fell from the sky ninety years ago in a remote region of Siberia? Was it the beginning of a pattern of events leading to the doomsday prediction of the future?

ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense
February 18, 2001

ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense

By Linda DeLaine

Do you think the Cold War was over? Existing tensions between Russia and the U.S. regarding missile defense and NATO expansion are increasing. Is it possible for both to protect their interests against perceived threats without becoming a threat to each other?(originally published Feb. 2001)

Russian Ladies in Space
January 17, 2001

Russian Ladies in Space

By Linda DeLaine

Soviet cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Svitskaya made history when they were the first woman in space and first woman to walk in space, respectfully. Elena V. Kondakova represents the new age of Russian Federation cosmonauts as a member of the US/Russian STS-84 crew.

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