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Inside U.S. scientists' groundbreaking test to grow potatoes on Mars

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Bear researchers say they have more questions than answers

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Microsoft to work with cannabis compliance tech firm Kind

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'Carhacking' could replace carjacking as vehicles go high-tech

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Facebook to delete privately synced photos from profiles in July

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    Inside U.S. scientists’ groundbreaking test to grow potatoes on Mars

    by CBS News on Jun 25, 12:35

    NASA and private companies are all vying to send astronauts to Mars, but when they get there, they’ll all face the same problem — growing food. So U.S. scientists have headed to the deserts of South America to see if they can cook up a solution. Potatoes have played a starring role in one recent Hollywood […]

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    Bear researchers say they have more questions than answers

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 18, 10:09

    It was a journey of discovery this week, just to walk the halls of the Dena’ina Center, where hundreds of scientists from all over the world gathered to share their research on bears. The theme of the International Bear Association’s conference was “Bears of the World: Learning from our Past to Inform our Future.” “For […]

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    Microsoft to work with cannabis compliance tech firm Kind

    by Associated Press on Jun 16, 12:16

    Microsoft is dipping its toe in the legal marijuana business. The giant tech company is partnering with a startup that makes software for the booming legal cannabis industry. Microsoft will help Los Angeles-based Kind Financial market its software to local and state government agencies that monitor marijuana growers or distributors for compliance with regulations governing […]

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    ‘Carhacking’ could replace carjacking as vehicles go high-tech

    by Ed Leefeldt / CBS MoneyWatch on Jun 10, 13:53

    Everyone’s heard of carjacking, the threat that someone may steal your vehicle while you’re at the wheel. But could the bigger threat actually come from “carhackers”? A new study by cybersecurity firm FireEye shows how today’s car can be the data entry port for all sorts of threats, from a simple security breach that gives […]

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    Facebook to delete privately synced photos from profiles in July

    by Brian Mastroianni / CBS News on Jun 10, 11:43

    You might not know this, but photos that you privately synced from your smartphone to Facebook will soon be sent to the digital trash can. Earlier this year, these images were moved to Moments, an app from Facebook that allows you to organize and privately share your photos from your phone. Right now, these images […]

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    Unmanned vessels deployed for Alaska ocean research

    by Associated Press on Jun 03, 12:06

    Federal and private researchers are using a new tool to gather information about marine mammals and fish in the Bering Sea off Alaska’s west coast. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using unmanned “autonomous sailing vessels” to gather information on endangered North Pacific right whales, fur seals and ocean waters. The unmanned […]

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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 […]