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Alaska woman invents special coat to protect small pets from eagles

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Alaska villages compete for energy project funding

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Facebook makes changes to 'trending topics' after review

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Nokia plans return to mobile market with cellphones, tablets

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Hawaii scholars study chances of giant Alaska quake, tsunami

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    Alaska woman invents special coat to protect small pets from eagles

    by Bonney Bowman on May 23, 21:44

    When a pair of eagles nested in Janet Wass’s former backyard, she wanted something to keep her small dog, Juju, safe. She did some research and My Invisible Pet was born. Wass made Juju a dog coat out of shiny, reflective material. The coat has a light on the back with a bright beam. “It […]

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    Alaska villages compete for energy project funding

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 23, 19:26

    Rural Alaska villages are competing for funding to pay for projects that will bring down energy costs in their communities. The competition launched in January, and is part of a $4 million grant awarded by the U.S. Deptartment of Energy (DOE) to rural Alaska for energy projects. A total of 67 communities applied for the […]

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    Facebook makes changes to ‘trending topics’ after review

    by Associated Press on May 23, 15:52

    Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined this and other reforms in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. […]

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    Nokia plans return to mobile market with cellphones, tablets

    by Associated Press on May 19, 7:30

    Nokia is back in the game. The pared-down Finnish telecoms company, which currently focuses on networks, says it is bringing out “a new generation” of cellphones and tablets together with a new company called HMD. Nokia said Wednesday that HMD, led by a group of former Nokia and Microsoft executives, will help it return to […]

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    Hawaii scholars study chances of giant Alaska quake, tsunami

    by Associated Press on May 18, 16:29

    University of Hawaii researchers say there’s a 9 percent chance that an earthquake measuring magnitude 9 or greater will strike Alaska’s Aleutian Islands within the next 50 years and send large tsunami waves to Hawaii. Geophysicist Rhett Butler said Wednesday he thought to do the study after a magnitude 9 earthquake struck off northern Japan […]

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    Looking for the next big quake: Seismologists attempt to create earthquake warning system

    by Emily Carlson on May 16, 23:09

    The head of the Alaska Earthquake Center worries Alaskans won’t be ready for the next big quake. “Time and time again in this state we are fortunate,” said geologist Mike West. “We dodge a bullet every time a vast majority of the time because earthquakes happen somewhere we are not.” In January, a 7.1 magnitude […]

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    Google wants new emojis to represent professional women

    by Associated Press on May 12, 8:34

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google wants professional women to be better represented in emoji form. In a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, which controls specifications for emojis, Google says it wants to create a new set “with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women’s careers and empowering girls everywhere.” The proposal says women […]

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    Pacific walrus hauling out at new Bristol Bay spot north of Ugashik

    by Dave Bendinger / KDLG on May 09, 11:43

    A fairly large number of Pacific walrus have been spotted hauling out at a new location in Bristol Bay. This spring, pilots and residents who fly frequently over the Alaska Peninsula coast north of Ugashik started noticing walrus hauled out a spot called Cape Grieg. The Fish and Wildlife Service was made aware, and though […]

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    Sitka Assembly passes ban on cellphone use while driving

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 6:02

    Sitka officials have voted to approve an ordinance that prohibits drivers from using their cellphones while driving. The Sitka Sentinel reports that the Sitka Assembly approved the measure Tuesday. The cellphone law, which prohibits texting, talking and using GPS while driving, will take effect on May 26. Assembly members had cited statistics showing the higher risk […]

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    Hydropower project in Bristol Bay earns federal recognition

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on Apr 27, 19:49

    An effort to bring renewable energy to western Alaska was recently recognized by the federal government. The Ocean Renewable Power Company was named the 2016 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters for its ability to bring hydropower to the Bristol Bay village of Igiugig. The Kvichak River flows out of Lake Iliamna and into Bristol Bay. It […]

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    Solar Impulse 2 finishes historic Pacific Ocean crossing

    by CBS/AP on Apr 24, 14:37

    A solar-powered airplane landed in California on Saturday, completing a risky, three-day flight across the Pacific Ocean as part of its journey around the world. Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 in Mountain View, in the Silicon Valley south of San Francisco, at 11:45 p.m. following a 62-hour, nonstop solo flight without fuel. The plane […]

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    Alaska aquarium replaces fossil fuel with seawater system

    by Associated Press on Apr 23, 16:19

    An Alaska aquarium says it has replaced 98 percent of its fossil-fuel heating requirements with a system that draws heat from seawater. The Alaska SeaLife Center’s second seawater system has been operating since January. The center is in Seward on Resurrection Bay, which absorbs solar heat over summer months and retains much of it throughout […]

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    Researchers work to better understand how climate change impacts wolverines

    by Bryan Dunagan on Apr 23, 11:29

    A team of Wildlife Conservation Society researchers, with the help of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, successfully collared two North Slope wolverines, according to a release from WCS. The team is working to understand how climate change affects wolverines and their habitat. Researchers used high-tech traps, which send an email once it has been […]

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    Facebook shows new ways to chat, stream video

    by Associated Press on Apr 12, 10:20

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able to order flowers, request news articles and talk with businesses by sending them direct text messages. At its annual conference for software developers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is releasing new tools that businesses can use […]

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    Facebook programs computers to describe photos for the blind

    by Associated Press on Apr 05, 6:20

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world’s largest online social network. The feature rolling out Tuesday on Facebook’s iPhone app interprets what’s in a picture using a form of artificial intelligence that […]

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    Blue Origin reusable rocket launched on third test flight

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Apr 03, 15:30

    Blue Origin launched its reusable New Shepard suborbital spacecraft on its third test flight Saturday, successfully boosting an unpiloted capsule out of the discernible atmosphere for a few minutes of weightlessness before a parachute descent to the company’s West Texas launch site. The New Shepard booster, meanwhile, plunged back to Earth tail first, re-igniting its […]

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    Not getting ARCS TV? Signal probably switched to digital

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK on Mar 30, 15:03

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission.  BETHEL — Public television signals across rural Alaska are switching from analog to digital. You’ll know when your signal has changed when you turn your TV to the Alaska public television station ARCS, or Alaska Rural Communications System, and you see what looks like snow. “It […]

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    Tsunami Week: The dangers and warning signs of tsunamis

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 29, 18:52

    Alaska is the most seismically active state in the U.S., and one of only five states along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Besides earthquakes, coastal communities in the state are also at risk for potentially deadly tsunamis. A large earthquake, volcanic eruption or landslide could trigger a tsunami at anytime, meaning those near Alaska’s waters […]

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    Agency debuts tools to track Alaska marine diets, ecosystems

    by Associated Press on Mar 28, 16:43

    Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have debuted two databases designed to give researchers data on marine fish species diets and ecosystem trends in Alaska. According to a NOAA news release, the databases could be used to help manage marine resources. Included among the data are more than one million diet records of […]

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    Study: Juneau Ice Field to shrink if warming continues

    by Associated Press on Mar 25, 14:45

    A University of Alaska Fairbanks study says an ice field the size of Rhode Island along Alaska’s southeast coastline will significantly shrink if current climate warming trends continue. The study published this week by the Journal of Glaciology predicts 60 percent of the ice in the Juneau Ice Field, one of the largest in the […]