Ukraine invasion: Will Russia’s attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant cause a meltdown?

Shelling at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has injured two people and caused a fire, but it is unlikely to release radiation unless the situation gets significantly worse Physics 4 March 2022 By Matthew Sparkes A fire at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant following a Russian attack on 4 March Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant/Anadolu Agency … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war: Will bitcoin help or hinder Ukraine’s fight against Russian invasion?

By Matthew Sparkes The value of bitcoin rose on the expectation that it might gain traction during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images Cryptocurrencies are playing a role on both sides of the conflict caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Their ability to cross borders regardless of rules or regulations is helping … Read more

Russia removes Soyuz rocket with 36 OneWeb satellites from launch pad (photos)

The outcome was expected, but the visuals are still dramatic. On Friday (March 4), Russia removed a Soyuz rocket topped with 36 OneWeb internet satellites from its launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, which is managed jointly by the Russian Aerospace Forces and Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space agency.  The Soyuz was originally supposed to … Read more

Russia Just Ceased Joint Experiments on The International Space Station

Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, will no longer cooperate with Germany on science experiments aboard the Russian side of the International Space Station (ISS), it said in a tweet Thursday.    “The Russian space program will be adjusted against the backdrop of sanctions, the priority will be the creation of satellites in the interests of defense,” Roscosmos … Read more

Russia stops rocket engine sales to US as space cooperation frays

The decades-old space partnership between Russia and the West may be going up in smoke, another victim of the invasion of Ukraine.   Early Thursday morning (March 3), London-based company OneWeb announced that it’s suspending launches of its satellites from the Russia-run Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The decision came after Russia’s federal space agency, Roscosmos, … Read more

OneWeb satellites: Russia and UK face a stand-off over rocket launch

Satellites made by OneWeb, a firm part-owned by the UK government, are due to launch on a Russian Soyuz rocket on 4 March, but Russia is threatening to cancel while the UK has been criticised for going ahead following the invasion of Ukraine Space 2 March 2022 By Jonathan O’Callaghan A Soyuz rocket being prepared … Read more

OneWeb satellites unlikely to launch on Russian rocket after ultimatum

UK officials refused to sell shares in satellite firm OneWeb in response to demands by Russia, and the company says it is focusing on staff safety at the launchpad in Kazakhstan Space 2 March 2022 By Jonathan O’Callaghan A Soyuz rocket carrying OneWeb satellites at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Roscosmos Press OfficeTASS via Getty Images The … Read more

Russia refuses to launch UK’s OneWeb satellites unless demands are met

Roscosmos will not launch three dozen OneWeb internet satellites as planned on Friday (March 4) unless the company meets new demands, the Russian space agency announced today (March 2). This morning, Roscosmos rolled a Soyuz rocket out to the launch pad at the Russia-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying 36 satellites for the London-based company … Read more

Thermobaric weapons: Is Russia using vacuum bombs in Ukraine invasion?

Thermobaric weapons, sometimes called vacuum bombs, use powdered metal to create a rapidly expanding fireball. Under international law, they must only be used against military targets, not civilians. Technology 1 March 2022 By David Hambling TOS-1 Buratino rocket launchers on display in Moscow, Russia Shutterstock / Shujaa_77 The Russian invasion of Ukraine seems to be … Read more

Mathematicians Protest Russia Hosting Major Conference

As Ukrainian researchers have feared for their lives and careers after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, mathematicians have been grappling over what to do about a prominent mathematical conference that was set to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in July. The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is “the largest and most significant conference on pure and … Read more