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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

27 November 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Doomsday Calendar

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Almost every year, according to various predictions, mankind awaits the end of the world. The notorious preacher Harold Camping predicted the coming of the apocalypse; he said that the world would end 21 May 2011. Based on many years of Bible study and the use of mathematics, Camping suggested that the world would end on 21 May 2011 at 06.00. Besides this, the list of prospective dates of “doomsday” included 22 September 2012… on this day, was supposed to be the “energy end of the world”, a man-made global catastrophe. According to the calculations of NASA scientists, with the National Academy of Sciences, strong solar flares would send out an electromagnetic pulse that would fry almost all electrical and electronic equipment, leading to a disaster causing the deaths of millions of people. According to the predictions of the ancient Mayans, 21 December 2012 would be the end of our civilisation as we know it. On this day, according to an ancient treatise, something unusual happens in the solar system… the so-called “Galactic Alignment“. Earth, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn will all be in line with the Sun. Because of the unusual proximity of the Earth to the Sun, a chain reaction would begin, heavy streams of energy would saturate the atmosphere, and the Earth wouldn’t be able to withstand the shock.

23 May 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20110523/164176187.html

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

20 June 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Darwin’s Tunes

Darwin’s Tunes

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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According to an article published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, British and Japanese scientists created a computer program that turned a set of random noise into melodic sounds with a mechanism that resembles natural selection in nature.

20 June 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120619/676693956.html


Thursday, 12 April 2012

12 April 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Now, You’re in a Social Network: Facebook Addiction

Now, You’re in a Social Network: Facebook Addiction

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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The authors of an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences pointed up that the spread of social networking site Facebook isn’t subject to the traditional “biological” understanding of contagion, for the probability of joining the network isn’t determined by the number already “infected” in the environment and its heterogeneity.

3 April 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120403/616419312.html?byauthor=1

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

7 March 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. From the ”Fridge” to the Front Page

From the “Fridge” to the Front Page

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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Russian biologists successfully thawed the seeds of plants that fell into the “fridge” of the Siberian permafrost about 30,000 years ago, then, grew a few bushes of the fossil flora, publishing their findings in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

21 February 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://eco.ria.ru/ecocartoon/20120221/571239926.html?byauthor=1?byauthor=1

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