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About Shura
Shura Collinson is a journalist based in Moscow, Russia. She is the former editor-in-chief of The St. Petersburg Times newspaper and the former managing editor of The Moscow Times.
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How to stop humans killing each other once we get to Mars

23 Jun 2017  |  old.sk.ru
The article discusses the challenges of ensuring crew cohesion and psychological health during long-duration space missions, particularly to Mars. The NASA-funded HI-SEAS program simulates Mars-like conditions on a Hawaiian volcano to study these issues. Dr. Kim Binsted, the principal investigator, highlights the importance of selecting resilient crews and the potential for conflict. The project aims to understand and mitigate these challenges to ensure successful missions. Other international efforts, such as the Mars-500 mission, are also mentioned.

New generations of U.S. citizens are growing up in Russia

20 Oct 2016  |  The Moscow Times
The article discusses the increasing trend of birth tourism among Russians, where they travel to the U.S. to give birth, ensuring U.S. citizenship for their children and access to the country's private medical care. The trend, once popular among the wealthy, is now being utilized by the middle class, facilitated by companies like Status-Med. Miami is a favored destination due to its climate and medical costs. The article highlights the stark contrast between the Russian and American healthcare experiences, as recounted by individuals like Nina and Alexandra Badanina, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. Despite the high costs associated with birth tourism, the desire for U.S. citizenship and better medical services drives this trend. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow states that medical tourism is legal, provided visa applicants can fund their medical expenses.

Russian teams to demonstrate bionic limbs and power of the mind at Cybathlon

28 Sep 2016  |  sk.ru
The article discusses the preparation of Russian teams for the world's first Cybathlon, an event for disabled individuals using assistive technologies, set to take place in Zurich. Sergei Semaikin, a participant, demonstrates his brain-computer interface (BCI) skills, controlling a character on a screen with his mind. The technology for his participation is developed by Neurobotics. Other participants, such as Alexander Pankratov and Konstantin Deblikov, are using prosthetic arms developed by Kleiber Bionics and Motorica, respectively. Dmitry Ignatov showcases his training with a prosthetic leg from Orto-Kosmos. The article highlights the innovative assistive devices, still in the testing phase, and the Russian teams' confidence in their performance at the Cybathlon. The event is also supported by Russian development institutes like the Skolkovo Foundation and Russian Venture Company, with the aim of showcasing the potential of Russian technology on international markets.

C3D Labs launches new visualizer for engineering software developers

01 Sep 2016  |  old.sk.ru
C3D Labs, part of the Skolkovo IT cluster and a subsidiary of ASCON Group, has released a new module called C3D Vision for its C3D Toolkit, aimed at engineering software developers. The visualizer is tailored for the CAD industry, offering features like edge hiding, pixel culling, and mirroring. Beta testing was conducted with Center GeoS, which provided positive feedback. The C3D Vision 2016 module is available for a three-month trial, and the toolkit is utilized by CAD system developers and educational institutions worldwide.

On the menu of the future: crushed maggots

16 Jun 2016  |  old.sk.ru
Amid the high-tech displays at Skolkovo’s Startup Bazaar, Novye Biotekhnologii showcased their innovative high-protein food supplement made from dried and crushed greenbottle larvae, branded as Zooprotein. This supplement, currently used in animal feed, is predicted to enter the human food market soon. The company, founded by Alexei Istomin and his family, emphasizes the ecological and health benefits of insect protein over traditional sources like fishmeal. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation supports entomophagy as a solution to global food insecurity and environmental issues. Despite the cultural resistance in Western countries, the company is working towards certifying its product in Russia, with Istomin himself already incorporating insect protein into his diet.

Nature already invented a cure for HIV: how human genome editing could change the world

07 Jun 2016  |  old.sk.ru
Scientists at the Skolkovo Foundation discussed the potential and ethical implications of human genome editing, focusing on its application in treating diseases like HIV, X-SCID, and sickle cell disease. Marina Popova of AGCT highlighted the use of genome editing in HIV treatment, inspired by natural immunity found in some individuals. The article also covered advancements in gene editing technology, such as CRISPR, and the ethical debates surrounding the modification of human embryos. The discussion included perspectives from various stakeholders, including religious organizations and scientists, emphasizing the need for ongoing dialogue on the subject.

Facial recognition startup VisionLabs chosen to take part in ChallengeUp! accelerator

17 May 2016  |  old.sk.ru
VisionLabs, a Skolkovo resident startup, has been chosen as one of 12 participants in the ChallengeUp! accelerator, a program run by Intel, Cisco, and Deutsche Telekom for Internet of Things startups. The company, specializing in facial recognition and computer vision technology, aims to access new sales channels and has already received valuable advice from the accelerator's experts. VisionLabs is the only Russian startup in the program, which includes companies from across Europe and culminates in Berlin on November 29.

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