Russian authorities arrest 2 suspects in Boris Nemtsov murder probe

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KIEV, Ukraine — Russian authorities have arrested two men on suspicion of killing opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, state media reported the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov as saying on Saturday.

Phone taps and evidence left in the getaway car led investigators on Saturday to Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev, “from the North Caucasus,” according to Bortnikov, whose comments were carried by the state’s Rossiya-24 television channel

“The necessary operational and investigative procedures are continuing,” the FSB head said, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been informed of the suspects’ detention. Putin has called Nemtsov’s killing a “disgrace.” Read more…

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NASA Probe Successfully Traps Interstellar Dust

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Thanks to a massive effort by 30,716 volunteers, scientists have pinpointed what appear to be seven precious specks of dust from outside the solar system, each bearing unique stories of exploded stars, cold interstellar clouds and other past cosmic lives.

The Herculean effort began eight years ago after NASA’s Stardust robotic probe flew by Earth to deposit a capsule containing samples from a comet and dust grains from what scientists hoped would be interstellar space. The spacecraft was outfitted with panels containing a smoke-like substance called aerogel that could trap and preserve fast-moving particles. Read more…

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