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Russia's War in Ukraine Reveals More Problems in Space

Russia’s War in Ukraine Reveals More Problems in Space

There’s not much going for Roscosmos at this point other than the ISS—or a replacement to be called the Russian Orbital Service Station, which Borosiv claimed could be developed and launched as early as 2028. That’s an overoptimistic timeline, Samson and Dreier argue, considering it took more than 12 years for Russia to develop its …

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Russia Is Quietly Ramping Up Its Internet Censorship Machine

Russia Is Quietly Ramping Up Its Internet Censorship Machine

Finally, Shakirov says, there is the “restriction of access to information”—blocking websites. The legal ability to block websites was implemented through the adoption of Russia’s sovereign internet law in 2016, and since then, Russia has been expanding its technical capabilities to block sites. “Now the possibilities for restricting access are developing by leaps and bounds,” …

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Meet the Ukrainian Number Theorist Who Won Math's Highest Honor

Meet the Ukrainian Number Theorist Who Won Math’s Highest Honor

In late February, just weeks after Maryna Viazovska learned she had won a Fields Medal—the highest honor for a mathematician—Russian tanks and war planes began their assault on Ukraine, her homeland, and Kyiv, her hometown. Viazovska no longer lived in Ukraine, but her family was still there. Her two sisters, a 9-year-old niece, and an …

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Russia Should Pay for Its Environmental War Crimes

Russia Should Pay for Its Environmental War Crimes

As Russian bombs and bullets have shattered buildings and ended lives, Ukrainian scientists have scrambled to catalog the war’s effects on the country’s natural biodiversity. Darting outside to check on bat colonies, frogs, or endangered plants, many have risked safety to map hot spots and secure data. Ukraine’s wildlands boast a diverse landscape of dense …

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Smartphones Blur the Line Between Civilian and Combatant

Smartphones Blur the Line Between Civilian and Combatant

As Russia continue its unprovoked armed aggression, reports from Ukraine note that the smartphones in civilians’ pockets may be “weapons powerful in their own way as rockets and artillery.” Indeed, technologists in the country have quickly created remarkable apps to keep citizens safe and assist the war effort—everything from an air-raid alert app to the …

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Smartphones Blur the Line Between Civilian and Combatant

Smartphones Blur the Line Between Civilian and Combatant

As Russia continue its unprovoked armed aggression, reports from Ukraine note that the smartphones in civilians’ pockets may be “weapons powerful in their own way as rockets and artillery.” Indeed, technologists in the country have quickly created remarkable apps to keep citizens safe and assist the war effort—everything from an air-raid alert app to the …

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Volodymyr Zelensky on War, Technology, and the Future of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky on War, Technology, and the Future of Ukraine

Ever since Russian forces started their all-out invasion in February, Ukraine has been hailed as an exemplar of how to defend against violent tyranny on the 21st-century battlefield. The country spun up an “IT Army” of volunteer hackers to take down Russian websites, used the Starlink satellite internet system to maintain communications as its own …

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