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Tips for viewing Perseid meteor shower in Alaska

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Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska

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Glaciers melting at 'unprecedented' rate

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Web Extra: An inside look at Alaska's renewable island

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    Tips for viewing Perseid meteor shower in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 11, 20:09

    For the next few nights, astronomers say Alaskans will have a view of one of the best meteor showers of the year: The Perseid meteor shower. Viewers can expect to see as many as two meteors per minute when the skies are darkest. Travis Rector, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of […]

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    Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska

    by Associated Press on Aug 04, 17:22

    One of the largest toxic algae blooms recorded off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago. Researchers sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are sampling the Pacific Ocean. They say this algae bloom is flourishing amid unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures, and now stretches from […]

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    Glaciers melting at ‘unprecedented’ rate

    by Amanda Schupak/CBS News on Aug 04, 12:38

    According to a wide-ranging new study, in the first part of the 21st century, glaciers are melting faster than at any point in the last 165 years — and possibly any point in recorded history. Published Monday in the Journal of Glaciology by the World Glacier Monitoring Service, the findings represent thousands of observations going […]

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    Web Extra: An inside look at Alaska’s renewable island

    by Hope Miller on Aug 01, 12:23

    Planted on Pillar Mountain, Kodiak’s six wind turbines are a fixture in the community. At 80 meters tall each — a bit smaller than a football field — they perch above the town and serve as a symbol for the area’s movement toward renewable energy. In fact, Kodiak Electric Association — which serves the City of […]

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    Could boarding passes become a thing of the past?

    by Michael Casey / CBS News on Jul 30, 19:52

    Alaska Airlines is looking end one of the biggest headaches of travel, that frenzied search for the boarding pass. The airline is trialing a system in which customers can use fingerprints, instead of traditional boarding passes or government-issued IDs, to check bags, speed through security checkpoints and board a flight. “Our big picture dream is that […]

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    Scientist: Whale deaths off Alaska island remains mystery

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 7:14

    A scientist says researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska’s Kodiak Island. Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program, says samples taken from one of the 10 fin whales were at least a week old, which could […]

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    Collector finds marine reptile fossil in Talkeetna Mountains

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 14:52

    The University of Alaska Museum of the North says researchers have confirmed the discovery of a marine reptile fossil in the Talkeetna Mountains. Fossil bones of an elasmosaur, a type of plesiosaur, were found by Anchorage-based fossil collector Curvin Metzler over several years. Earth sciences curator Patrick Druckenmiller says the creatures had extremely long necks […]

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    Research: Polar bears can’t conserve energy during fasting

    by Associated Press on Jul 16, 12:55

    A study of polar bears in Alaska concludes that they have no special ability to minimize energy loss during increasing periods of fasting. Opportunities for polar bears to kill and eat ringed seals have dropped as summer sea ice has diminished because of climate warming. The study by university, federal and private researchers over three […]

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    Scientists await Pluto snapshot

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 13, 21:48

    Many space fans are anxiously waiting a historic mission to Pluto. In less than 24 hours, planet Earth will get the first ever close-up look at the dwarf planet Pluto. “The images really are what this mission is all about, this is what captures everybody’s imagination,” said Peter Delamere, a space physicist with the University of […]

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    United Continental flights return to air following computer glitch

    by Associated Press on Jul 08, 6:51

    The grounding of all United Continental flights in the United States is coming to an end. The flights were temporarily grounded this morning because of computer problems. Less than two hours later, United asked the Federal Aviation Administration to lift the ground stop order. And a passenger in San Francisco says passengers are again boarding […]

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    Big solar storm smacks Earth, may allow more to see auroras

    by Associated Press on Jun 22, 17:20

    A severe solar storm slammed Earth on Monday afternoon, increasing the chances of fluctuations in the power grid and GPS. It also pushes shimmering polar auroras to places where more people can possibly see them. Federal forecasters said the Northern Lights may be able to be seen Tuesday night as far south as Iowa or […]

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    Walgreens, insurers push expansion of virtual doctor visits

    by Associated Press on Jun 10, 7:39

    Walgreens expects to reach about half the country by the end of the year with a new service that lets people see doctors for minor ailments without leaving home, through smartphone, tablet or computer. The nation’s largest drugstore chain is expanding a smartphone application it started testing last December to tablets and personal computers and […]

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    Scientists grow new limb in a lab

    by CBS News on Jun 05, 17:57

    A rat in Boston received what scientists are calling the first lab-engineered replacement limb. The “bio-artificial” rat forelimb is the result of a research experiment published online in the journal Biomaterials. Starting with the framework of a donor limb, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital then brought to life using the recipient’s own cells. The newly regenerated […]

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    US officials: Massive breach of federal personnel data

    by Associated Press on Jun 04, 14:20

    The Associated Press has learned that the Obama administration is scrambling to assess the impact of a massive data breach involving the agency that handles security clearances and employee records. A congressional aide familiar with the situation, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to discuss it, says the Office of Personnel […]

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    Study finds frog decline could be related to water warming, copper pollution

    by Sierra Starks on May 31, 11:55

    New evidence supports theories that water pollution from road runoff may increase mortality and abnormalities in frogs. Scientists at Alaska Pacific University, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of California, Davis, found that wood frog tadpoles were attacked by dragonfly larvae sooner and more often in warmer water with increased copper pollution — […]

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    Alaska tentative choice for long-range US radar system

    by Associated Press on May 22, 15:21

    The U.S. Department of Defense has tentatively identified an Air Force station in Alaska is its preferred location for a radar system to track airborne missile threats. Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation lauded the choice of Clear Air Force Station, near Anderson, in interior Alaska, as the potential location for the long-range radar system. U.S. […]

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    Alaska’s popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

    by Associated Press on May 21, 12:21

    A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach is once again streaming on the Internet. The high-definition stream from Alaska’s remote Round Island had been dormant for nearly a decade after private funding ran out. But thanks to the philanthropic organization explore.org, the cam is again up and running. Every summer, […]

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    Rare shark fossil back in Alaska after almost 30 years

    by Bonney Bowman on May 14, 7:11

    A rare fossil discovered in Alaska almost 30 years ago is now back in the 49th state. Richard Glenn found the fossil of an ancient shark called Helicoprion, or the buzz saw shark, 29 years ago in the Brooks Range. He didn’t know what it was, so he sent it to the Smithsonian in Washington, […]

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    Wasting disease found in Southcentral Alaska sea stars

    by Shannon Kemp on May 13, 14:31

    Sea stars in Kachemak Bay showed symptoms of a wasting disease, in numbers not seen before in Alaska. Brenda Konar and Katrin Iken, two researchers with the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, found eight sick sea stars in and around tide pools while surveying monitoring sites on Elephant Island, according to […]

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    Chinook researchers encounter unlikely predator In Bering Sea

    by Francesca Fenzi / KNOM on May 12, 11:47

    NOME – While studying chinook salmon in the Bering Sea, researchers have found themselves in the wake of an unlikely killer. Andrew Seitz is a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, who has spent the past several years studying chinook salmon. He said the first sign of foul play came from satellite tags used in his […]