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Could an ‘elixir of life’ actually exist ?

Scientists in Kazakhstan claim to have developed a drink that they are hailing as an ‘elixir of life’. Kazakhstan’s leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev gave …

3 Animals (Other Than Birds) That Mimic Human Speech

Everyone knows that parrots can mimic human speech. So can a few other birds, including ravens and starlings. But it’s not just birds that speak up. Here are a few less obvious examples of animals that have learned to sound like people. 1. Asian Elephant At least one elephant is using his trunk for more than just [...]

Why Do So Many Countries End in “-stan”?

Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp? Who put the -stan in Afghanistan? I don’t know about the former, but we can thank the Proto-Indo-Europeans for the latter. These folks spoke the Proto-Indo-European language (PIE), a prehistoric Eurasian language that linguists have reconstructed. The PIE root, stā-, or “stand,” found its way [...]

Student Caught with 35 ft-long Cheat Sheet

There’s cheating, and then there’s this Borat-style stunt from a student in Kazakhstan: A high school student has been expelled after being caught with a 35ft (11 metres) long crib sheet wrapped around his body [...]

Soyuz lifts off on trip to space station

Two Russians and one US astronaut have successfully launched from Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. The launch had been delayed for over a month d…

Kazakhstan Now Thankful for Borat

Back in 2006, the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was angry at Borat. The movie, starring Sacha Baron Cohen and shot in neighboring Romania, made fun of the country (as the movie’s theme song proclaimed, [...]

Borat theme played at medal ceremony

Organisers were mortified to discover they’d downloaded the wrong song for the Kazakhstan anthem. When Kazakh shooter Maria Dmitrienko stood on the pe…

Russian Cosmonauts Train for Winter Survival

Soviet cosmonauts usually returned to Earth by landing on the ground, often in vast stretches of wilderness. They had to be prepared to survive until pickup, and even went armed to ensure their safety. Current Russian cosmonauts return the same way. To prepare themselves for the rigors of landfall during winter, they train at [...]

Happy 20th Birthday, Kazakhstan!

Kristina Postnikova / Shutterstock.com The largest country in Central Asia—it’s as big as all of Western Europe combined—turns 20 years old today, and to celebrate, here’s a list of ten random facts about everyone’s favorite Kazakh-speaking ‘Stan. 1. For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Borat, the fictional reporter invented by the English comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, [...]

Link Latte 170

#170 – Week of December 3, 2011 Must-See: Toyota’s Future Car Concept, info – [wow video]Full Audio Transcripts from 9/11 made public – [haunting]Mars Rover Landing Simulation – [wow video, space]Breathtaking Landscapes of Kazakhstan – [photos, scroll down]Explore the Sistine Chapel in 3D – [spectacular]Japanese Train Departing the Station (Cool Moves) – [video]Voyager probes now leaving [...]