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  • Highlights of Another Break Down by Atoms Lecture at the Informational Center for Atomic Energy

    On February 16, scientists from three research institutions in St. Petersburg discussed the projects they are currently involved in. Mikhail Kurushkin, dean of ITMO’s Faculty of Biotechnologies, represented the university at the event. You can read about previous Break Down by Atoms lectures here and here.


  • Watermelon Snow and Palm-Size Snowflakes: Exciting Facts About Snow

    How many points does a snowflake really have? How does its structure inspire mathematicians and game developers? Where does the most snow fall? And why isn’t it always white? We recently visited a discussion, held as part of the Break Down by Atoms popular science initiative, and wrote down some of the most fascinating, surprising, and coolest facts about snow.


  • The Secret Life of Plants

    Plant communities come and go, moss sabotages historical sights despite humans’ best efforts, a tree can be felled with a single touch, while seemingly dead, burned-out areas become home to myriads of young seedlings. Olga Vershinina, a biologist, researcher at the Komarov Botanical Institute and a member of the Russian Botanical Society, shared facts about these and other environmental changes as part of the latest session of the talk show Break Down to Atoms.


  • Break Down to Atoms: Why It’s So Hard to Become an Astronaut in Russia

    How much do astronauts earn? How long are their vacations? What exams do they have to take? Speakers of the Break Down to Atoms talk show answered these and other questions during its 12th session that coincided with the start of the World Space Week. Alexander Khokhlov, a design engineer at the Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics, spoke about the requirements for becoming an astronaut. ITMO.NEWS put down the highlights.


  • Signal Peptides as Means to Increasing Longevity

    Nowadays, a person is considered long-living after they reach 90. In Russia, there are more than seven thousand people like that. Most of them live in Siberia, Caucasus and the Asian part of the country. According to statistics, there has only been 16 people documented to having lived for over 116 years. Longevity became the topic of the recent Break Down to Atoms talk show that was conducted by the Information Centre for Nuclear Energy in St. Petersburg for the 19th time. Among the event’s speakers was professor Vladimir Khavinson, Director of the St. Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology who’s been focusing on the issues of longevity for the past 35 years. The expert spoke about a recent research where scientists proved that prolonging one’s life by 40% is possible, discussed the role of signal peptides in human longevity, and explained why epithalamin is the best drug on Earth.