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Microsoft founder finds WWII Japanese warship

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Prehistoric tool found in Sitka landslide

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Would you buy a cellular plan from Google?

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Facebook sets sights on suicide prevention with new feature

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Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

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    Microsoft founder finds WWII Japanese warship

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Mar 04, 10:32

    Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday. The apparent discovery of the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in history, comes as the world marks the 70th […]

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    Prehistoric tool found in Sitka landslide

    by Shannon Kemp on Mar 03, 11:56

    Two hydrologists taking geological samples from the site of a landslide in Sitka made an unexpected discovery — what appeared at first to be a “cool weathered rock” instead turned out to be a prehistoric hammer. Sitka Ranger District hydrologist Marty Becker and Tongass Forest Supervisors Office hydrologist K.K. Prussian were collecting rock samples in […]

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    Would you buy a cellular plan from Google?

    by CBS News on Mar 02, 13:55

    Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates. Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan. “You will […]

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    Facebook sets sights on suicide prevention with new feature

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 26, 15:42

    Facebook has teamed up with Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention and the University of Washington’s School of Social Work to add a new feature to the popular social media site that is designed to prevent suicide by helping friends speak up. Starting Wednesday, Facebook users can get help for friends who post suicidal or self-harming […]

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    Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

    by CNN / AP on Feb 26, 10:24

    The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what’s called “net neutrality.” That’s the idea that service providers shouldn’t intentionally block or slow web traffic, creating paid fast lanes on […]

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    Control what happens to your Facebook after you die

    by Amanda Schupak/CBS News on Feb 12, 11:25

    Digital life is still a new concept. Digital death is even newer. When it comes to dealing with what a person leaves behind online after he passes, there is no precedent. There is no will. We’ve been making it up as we go along, learning the hard way. Like the parents of a Virginia teen who couldn’t […]

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    Model rocket boldly takes UAA students closer to NASA competition

    by Dave Leval on Feb 08, 11:27

    Students from the University of Alaska Anchorage continued their attempts to reach for the stars Saturday as they launched model rockets over South Anchorage Sports Park, in preparation for NASA’s annual Student Launch program. The students had to successfully launch a scaled-down version of a model rocket they built, in order to qualify for the […]

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    UAA students enter NASA rocket competition

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 04, 18:48

    A team of students from the University of Alaska Anchorage is getting set to take part in a national competition sponsored by NASA. It’s the first time ever that UAA is fielding a team for the Student Launch Initiative, a rocket launching contest that will take place in Huntsville, Alabama in April. Teams of college […]

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    What’s in a snowflake?

    by Carlos Faura on Jan 21, 22:57

    Snow. We haven’t had much of it this season, only a tenth of an inch so far this month. Normally, January is the third-snowiest month of the year in Anchorage, with an average 11.3 inches of accumulation. December commonly leads the way with 16.7 inches of average snowfall. Snow expected soon It looks like we’ll […]

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    Battle of the Santa trackers

    by Amanda Schupak/CBS News on Dec 24, 10:23

    NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) has been following Santa’s every move since the winter of 1955. Google got into the tracking game much later, starting its Santa surveillance in 2004 and only building a dedicated site two years ago. Unsurprisingly, the two handle the job very differently. NORAD Santa Tracker Google’s Santa Tracker […]

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    Code for Anchorage merges community and technology

    by Hope Miller on Dec 18, 12:28

    On a slushy December night in Anchorage, a group of tech-oriented types gathered at The Boardroom downtown, a meeting spot for independent professionals and small companies. Seated around a conference table, they munched on pizza and sipped from cans of beer as one by one, they rattled off a few facts about themselves and touched on […]

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    Google announces Anchorage’s top searches for this year

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 16, 14:52

    What do Jennifer Lawrence, the Iditarod and Ebola all have in common? They’re all among Anchorage’s top Google searches for 2014. As part of the corporation’s Year in Search, Google compiled hundreds of top-10 lists from dozens of countries. Globally, top searches included Robin Williams, the World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines and the ALS Ice Bucket […]

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    Tech review: CAT S50 smartphone

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 15, 12:04

    It’s a high-end, 4G, rugged smartphone fit for people on the go. But is it as tough as all the ads say? Greg Klimek, vice president of wireless sales and marketing at GCI (KTVA’s parent company),  joined Daybreak Monday with a tech toy review on the purpose-built phone made by Caterpiller Inc. — the CAT […]

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    Orion capsule returns to Earth after dramatic test flight

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Dec 05, 8:49

    Boosted to an altitude of 3,604 miles by a powerful Delta 4 rocket, NASA’s Orion deep space exploration vehicle fell back to Earth Friday in the program’s maiden voyage, slamming into the atmosphere at nearly 20,000 mph, enduring a hellish 4,000-degree re-entry and settling to a Pacific Ocean splashdown to wrap up a critical unmanned […]

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    Decades in the making, scientists confirm identity of prehistoric reptile

    by Hope Miller on Nov 25, 15:57

    The first of its kind discovered in Alaska, researchers have finally identified a fossil of a reptile discovered 64 years ago on the North Slope that lived when dinosaurs roamed the earth. A 12-foot partial skeleton of an ichthyosaur — a prehistoric marine reptile that resembles modern dolphins and whales — was found in 1950 by geologists […]

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    Study: Polar bears disappearing from key region

    by Associated Press on Nov 17, 13:58

    A new U.S.-Canada study says a key polar bear population fell nearly by half in the past decade, with scientists seeing a dramatic increase in young cubs dying. Researchers chiefly blame shrinking sea ice from global warming. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and Environment Canada tagged and released polar bears in the southern Beaufort […]

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    Hope fades for comet lander as batteries near depletion

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Nov 14, 8:49

    Trapped in rough, forbidding terrain with its solar panels draped in shadow, the Philae comet lander raced the clock Friday to carry out high-priority science operations, including an attempt to drill into the surface of the nucleus, before exhausting its on-board batteries and effectively losing consciousness. The lander was dutifully executing commands uplinked earlier in the day […]

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    Rosetta’s Philae lander touches down on comet

    by CBS News on Nov 12, 8:31

    Last Updated Nov 12, 2014 11:45 AM EST For the first time ever, a space probe has landed on the surface of a comet. Cheering and hugs erupted at the European Space Agency Wednesday as mission controllers received a signal from the Philae landing craft confirming a successful touchdown. “Everyone’s been on the edge of […]

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    Archaeologists unearth ice-age infant remains in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 11, 7:32

    A discovery in Interior Alaska is helping scientists understand how people dealt with death thousands of years ago. The remains of two ice-age infants, buried more than 11,000 years ago, are the youngest human remains of that era ever found in northern North America, according to a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the […]

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    Video game with Alaska Native storyline unveiled in Anchorage

    by Hope Miller on Oct 22, 12:03

    The first of its kind, a video game rooted in Alaska Native culture is set for release next month. Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is a one- to two-player puzzle-platform game. Set in the harsh and beautiful northern Arctic, it follows a girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as they try to figure out what’s causing […]