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Sitka Assembly passes ban on cellphone use while driving

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Hydropower project in Bristol Bay earns federal recognition

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Solar Impulse 2 finishes historic Pacific Ocean crossing

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Alaska aquarium replaces fossil fuel with seawater system

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Researchers work to better understand how climate change impacts wolverines

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  • Sci/Tech

    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 […]

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    Biologists document seabird die-off at Alaska national park

    by Associated Press on Mar 24, 18:57

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The count of dead seabirds along Alaska’s coast has risen again with the discovery of 2,000 carcasses, mostly common murres at Katmai National Park. Abnormal numbers of common murre carcasses, all showing signs of starvation, began washing ashore on Alaska beaches in March 2015. Numbers spiked to alarming levels after late […]

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    Leaders, scientists attend Arctic summit in Fairbanks

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 14, 18:35

    It’s being called the biggest Arctic event in Alaska this year. All eyes will be on Fairbanks this week as hundreds of researchers talk climate change in the Arctic at the Arctic Science Summit. There are more than 50 events scheduled during the weeklong event in Fairbanks that will focus on bridging Arctic science and policy. […]

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    Upcoming summit in Fairbanks will cover Arctic issues

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 08, 19:04

    ANCHORAGE — In less than a week, hundreds of scientists from around the world will be in Fairbanks to talk about Arctic issues. The 10-day Arctic Science Summit kicks off this weekend at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The yearly gathering brings together international organizations and scientists involved in Arctic research. “A lot of climate change […]

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    Verizon to pay $1.35M fine over ‘supercookie’ tracking

    by CBS/AP on Mar 08, 16:34

    Verizon will pay a $1.35 million fine over its use of “supercookie” technology that the government said followed phone customers on the Internet without their permission. Verizon will also have to get an explicit “yes” from customers for some kinds of tracking. The supercookies landed their name because they were hard, or near-impossible, to block. Verizon uses them […]

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    Scott Kelly feels fit after nearly a year in space

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Mar 02, 18:19

    Astronaut Scott Kelly, in good spirits and looking surprisingly fit after setting a U.S. record of 340 days in space, said Wednesday he could have stayed up longer if necessary, giving him confidence future astronauts will be up to the challenge ofeven longer flights to Mars and beyond. That said, “a year’s a long time,” he told […]

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    Facebook’s ‘like’ button gets ‘angry’ and ‘sad’ as friends

    by Associated Press on Feb 24, 6:57

    Facebook’s “like” button isn’t going away, but it’s about to get some company. Facebook has been testing alternatives to “like” in about a half-dozen countries. On Wednesday, the social network will start making “haha,” ”angry” and three other responses available in the U.S. and the rest of the world. In changing a core part of […]

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    High schoolers show off tech skills at robotics state championship

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 20, 20:42

    Teams representing 35 Alaska high schools showed off their scientific prowess at the robotics state championship Saturday. The top five teams will earn a spot at the “super regional” competition in Oakland, Calif. next month. One team from Hutchison High School in Fairbanks built their robot in just two weeks – far less time than […]

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    Researchers study Arctic beluga whales with dive data

    by Dan Joling / AP on Feb 16, 14:04

    Beluga whales that swim from the Bering Sea to the Arctic Ocean each summer may be targeting Arctic cod and diving to great depths to reach them. University of Washington researchers who analyzed 15 years of dive data collected on beluga whales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas say the white whales were recorded diving […]