• Russia’s scientific community is in the throes of upheaval. Last month, the powerful Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) was compelled to merge with two sister academies that serve medical and agricultural research. The reform law setting that change in motion also created a Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FASO) that oversees the combined academies and their assets.

  • The “Nanotech Inter-Industry Association” (NIIA) will help innovative enterprises reach a new level, said Olga Krukova, NIIA CEO and the National Institute of Technical Regulations CEO. In an exclusive interview with “Voice of Russia” she spoke about forthcoming projects, problems of nanotech industry in Russia and ways of solving them.

  • Experts forecast that the Moon will become sort of the seventh continent of Earth by the middle of the 21st century. People will reclaim the polar regions and build residential areas there. In this context it may happen that many countries’ interests will clash on the Moon.

  • Prominent scientific journal Nature listed Russian meteorite specialist Viktor Grokhovsky among its ten top most important scientists of 2013. Grokhovsky, a professor at Urals University, got famous for leading research into the recovery of fragments of the biggest object to hit our planet in this century - a bus-sized asteroid that broke up over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on February 15.

  • The creator of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle, Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died in the intensive care unit at the Central General Hospital in Russia's Udmurtia region. He was 94 years old.

  • Bas Lansdorp, the founder of Mars One colony project, believes that in about a decade from now a colony of people from the Earth will appear on Mars. Experts confirm that with the current technologies this is quite possible.

  • Carrier rocket "Proton-M " launched the booster "Briz -M" spacecraft and Inmarsat-5F1 spacecraft on suborbital trajectory, Russian Space Agency informed the reporters on Sunday.

  • In 2013, Russia will set a record by launching 36 rocket launchers into outer space. This was reported on Thursday by the Russian rocket-launching and space department.

The Russian Association for the Advancement of Science was established in the summer of 2011.