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NOAA investigating rare whale beachings

NOAA investigating rare whale beachingsThree rarely seen whales beached on Alaska’s coast last year, and NOAA Fisheries is investigating whether human activity contributed to the strandings.

Riding the bumps of the far northern trail

Riding the bumps of the far northern trailA sick snowmachine awaits rescue here on the snow-covered ice of this boot-shaped lake.

Minecraft in the classroom: When learning looks like gaming

Minecraft in the classroom: When learning looks like gamingMinecraft is a way to get kids to think critically, collaborate, and solve problems, which is why they've made Minecraft part of a graduate education course.

HAARP research facility to shut down

HAARP research facility to shut downNews of HAARP's imminent shut-down has alarmed the scientific community.

Summer comes early in the far north

Summer comes early in the far northA worker at the Toolik Field Station research camp in blue-white hills north of the Brooks Range has proclaimed this the first day of summer.

A springtime journey on the arctic coastal plain

A springtime journey on the arctic coastal plainScientist Ben Jones invited me on his annual spring journey to 60 lakes that are among the thousands that pock the map of northern Alaska.

NMFS clears commercial fishing in sea lion habitat

NMFS clears commercial fishing in sea lion habitatThe National Marine Fisheries Service is prepared to loosen controversial limits on commercial fishing in the western Aleutian Islands.

Arctic Sea ice reaches season’s maximum extent

Arctic Sea ice reaches season’s maximum extentArctic sea ice reached its maximum extent this year on March 21.

Fish and Wildlife to review Southeast Alaska wolves

Fish and Wildlife to review Southeast Alaska wolvesThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review whether or not Southeast Alaska wolves should be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Seismologists, lawmakers call for earthquake early warning system

Seismologists, lawmakers call for earthquake early warning systemSeismologists and several lawmakers said Congress needs to pony up for an earthquake early warning system.