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At Least 15 Die After Dam Collapse at Gold Mine

A criminal investigation is now underway

(Newser) - At least 15 gold miners in a remote part of Siberia were killed Saturday when a dam collapsed on their encampment, per Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations. Bloomberg and Reuters report that 13 people are still said to be missing after the early-morning calamity in the Krasnoyarsk region, which...

The Species Is Extinct. It May Soon Be &#39;Protected&#39; Anyway
Why the Extinct Mammoth
Could Become 'Endangered'
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Why the Extinct Mammoth Could Become 'Endangered'

Species may get new protections because of a 'gold rush' in emerging fossils

(Newser) - The last woolly mammoth died about 4,000 years ago. So why on earth might an international organization bestow protected status on the species? Because fossils are popping up so frequently in thawing Siberia that what the Guardian likens to a "gold rush" is developing among unregulated prospectors. To...

Toxic Lake Provides Just the Selfie Backdrop

Chemical reaction made the water a perfect bright blue

(Newser) - Residents of a city in Siberia don't need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents—ranging from scantily clad women to newlyweds—have been busy Instagramming near a bright blue lake nicknamed the "Siberian Maldives." The...

In This City, a Visitor Not Seen for More Than 40 Years

Tired, hungry-looking polar bear turned up in Norilsk, Russia

(Newser) - For more than 40 years, there's been no sign of polar bears in Siberia's Norilsk. That changed this week, with Russia's northernmost city putting out a warning notice Tuesday to residents that one had been spotted wandering around in the suburbs, way south of its natural habitat,...

Alongside a River, a Most Fascinating Severed Head

It belongs to a 40K-year-old wolf

(Newser) - That rare case when finding a severed head is more fascinating than gruesome: when it belongs to a 40,000-year-old wolf and still has its fur and teeth. That's apparently the case in eastern Siberia, where a man came across the remains along the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia last...

Warming Could Make Siberia a 'Land of Opportunity': Study

Permafrost could shrink significantly by 2080s

(Newser) - Climate change could thaw the frozen landscape of Asian Russia enough by the 2080s to make it more habitable for humans, new research has found, and possibly lead to Siberia becoming the center of Russian civilization. A team from the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center in Russia and the National Institute...

Earth&#39;s North Magnetic Pole Is Acting Screwy
For Earth's Magnetic Field,
a Rare Update
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For Earth's Magnetic Field, a Rare Update

Northern pole is moving faster than expected, forcing change in navigational models

(Newser) - Attention anyone who navigates by compass, be they shipping companies, aircraft, or uber-serious hikers: North may not be where you think it is. The magnetic north, that is. Nature reports that the Earth's northern magnetic pole has moved so quickly since the last update of an official guide known...

Siberian Serial Killer Guilty of 56 More Murders

Ex-cop Mikhail Popkov has killed at least 78

(Newser) - A court in Russia's eastern Siberia has convicted a former policeman of murdering 56 women, bringing the number he is believed to have killed to at least 78. The court on Monday found Mikhail Popkov, from the eastern Siberian city of Angarsk, guilty of the murders between 1994 and...

Think You've Had a Bad Flight Delay? Talk to These Folks

Passengers on an Air France flight to Shanghai got stuck in Siberia for 3 days

(Newser) - Bad: your flight making an emergency landing due to smoke in the cabin. Worse: being holed up for three days in a place that wasn't your original destination. Worst of all: that place being one of the farthest reaches of Russia. That was the plight of nearly 300 passengers...

'We Are Burning. This Is Perhaps Farewell'

More details are coming out on horrific Siberia mall fire

(Newser) - The public-address system had been turned off and exits illegally blocked during the horrific fire at a Russian mall that left at least 64 people dead, many of them children, investigators say. Authorities looking into the fire in the Siberian city of Kemerovo say a security guard turned off the...

Dozens Killed in Siberia Mall Fire
Death Toll Hits 64
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Death Toll Hits 64 in Horrific Mall Blaze

Survivors of Siberia tragedy say there were no alarms

(Newser) - At least 64 people, many of them children, died when a massive blaze swept through a multi-story mall in Siberia Sunday, authorities say. The mall was packed with children and their parents at the time of the horrific fire in Kemerovo, a city of around 500,000 people more than...

Fisherman Discovers Bag Containing 54 Severed Hands

Hands were found in Siberia near Russia's border with China

(Newser) - A Russian fisherman in Siberia made a grisly find Thursday: a bag containing 54 severed hands, Live Science reports. A photo of the hands shows them lined up and looking much like leather gloves. According to Time , the bag of hands was found on an island in the Amur River...

141 Carcasses Found Along World's Deepest Lake

The dead seals started appearing last weekend

(Newser) - Russian authorities are investigating whether 141 Baikal earless seals starved to death after their carcasses washed up in Siberia on the shoreline of the world's deepest lake, officials said Friday. The dead seals started appearing along Lake Baikal last weekend, the Irkutsk region's government said in a statement....

World&#39;s Deepest Lake Is in Deep Trouble
World's Deepest Lake
Is in Deep Trouble
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World's Deepest Lake Is in Deep Trouble

Russia's Lake Baikal is polluted and over-fished

(Newser) - One-fifth of all non-frozen fresh water in the world is located in a single Russian lake, and experts say that lake is in crisis, AFP reports. Siberia's Lake Baikal—the world's deepest lake at more than 5,500 feet—is a UNESCO world heritage site, home to more...

People Now Getting Ivory Fix From Woolly Mammoths

But the hunt in Siberia is taking a toll

(Newser) - The hunt is on for frozen tusks from the extinct woolly mammoth, and NPR reports that it's making people rich in otherwise poor regions of Siberia. But it's also taking a devastating toll on the landscape, according to a photographer who embedded with hunters for three weeks. "...

Scientists 'Very Excited' About 150K-Year-Old Baby Tooth

It's the oldest Denisovan fossil yet, found in a Siberian cave

(Newser) - Scientists are "very excited" to learn more about a baby tooth that only the most sophisticated DNA dating tech can analyze. Some 150,000 years ago, a young girl lost her baby tooth, and it fell into the sediment of a cave in Siberia from which the first three...

4-Year-Old Braves Siberian Wolves, Snow to Help Grandma

Saglana Salchak hiked for miles after her elderly grandmother fell ill

(Newser) - Most preschoolers face foes on the playground, but Saglana Salchak recently spent hours fighting off subzero temperatures, hunger, and the threat of wolves as she hiked for miles through Siberia to seek help for her ailing grandmother. The Guardian reports that the then-4-year-old, who lived with her elderly grandparents in...

Ex-Cop Serving Life for 22 Murders Charged With 47 More

Mikhail Popkov killed women across Siberia

(Newser) - An ex-cop already serving life for 22 murders has been charged with 47 more killings and another 12 are under investigation, which would make Mikhail Popkov the worst serial killer in Russian history and the third-worst in world history. Law enforcement sources tell the Siberian Times that Popkov, who targeted...

Coming to Russian Reality TV: Terrifying Show With No Rules

'Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.'

(Newser) - Think of it as Survivor gone very wrong, or at least with the potential to go very wrong. Game2: Winter, a soon-to-be-filmed Russian reality-TV show, will drop 30 contestants into the wilds of Siberia for nine months, at the end of which one of them will nab a $1.6...

Russia Plans to Slaughter 250K Reindeer This Year

Officials say it's about curbing overgrazing, illness—but is it really about oil?

(Newser) - In 2013, 61,000 reindeer in Russia's northern Yamal region, a remote section of Siberia, starved to death when ice and deep snow sealed off the Arctic tundra where they graze. This summer, the region's first outbreak of anthrax in 75 years —an epidemic thought to be...

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