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Alaska Science Forum: Seventeen trillion wingbeats over Alaska

And they are here. Sluggish mosquitoes, sprung from the leaves where they overwintered. Moths and butterflies flitting the fields and south-facing slopes. Beetles skittering along in pinstripe-grooved exoskeletons.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-05-15/alaska-science-forum-seventeen-trill
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Alaska Science Forum: Artwork found at ancient house site

At the edge of a spruce forest in Interior Alaska, archaeologists have unearthed bone pendants that might be the first examples of artwork in northern North America.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-05-08/alaska-science-forum-artwork-found-a
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Alaska Science Forum: An oasis on the Seward Peninsula

On a recent ski trip across the Seward Peninsula, I followed a trail along the Pilgrim River broken by five friends. Their path led to a subarctic oasis.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-05-01/alaska-science-forum-oasis-seward-pe
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Alaska Science Forum: Discoveries at Serpentine Hot Springs

Skiing across the raw, open landscape of the Seward Peninsula a few weeks ago, my friends and I dreamed of getting out of a big wind and into the tub at Serpentine Hot Springs.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-24/alaska-science-forum-discoveries-ser
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Alaska Science Forum: Creepy crawlies of the north aren't from around here

Under its own power, an earthworm gains about 30 feet of new territory each year. But that does not help explain how worms got to Alaska. "It's almost geologically slow," Matt Bowser, said of the earthworm's locomotion.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-10/alaska-science-forum-creepy-crawlies
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Alaska Science Forum: No smog in Denali, unlike other National Parks

Fairbanks's air turns bitter every winter as residents fill it with woodsmoke and other things, but just down the road Denali National Park has the clearest air measured among America's monitored national parks.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-06/alaska-science-forum-no-smog-denali-
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Alaska Science Forum: Citizen science, social media meets the aurora

A scientist named Victor Hessler once made an aurora detector by driving two metal rods in the ground a few hundred feet apart and stringing a wire between them. When voltage changed along the wire, a bell rang.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-03/alaska-science-forum-citizen-science
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Alaska Science Forum: Catching a lake as it became land

If a lake drains on top of the world, will anyone hear it? Ben Jones and Chris Arp did. The Anchorage- and Fairbanks-based scientists placed sensors in a bathtub-shaped lake on Alaska's northern coast a few years ago.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-27/alaska-science-forum-catching-lake-i
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Feds track seabird loss in North Pacific waters

...annually from 1975 to 2012 in the northeast North Pacific, said John Piatt, research wildlife biologist at the USGS Alaska Science Center."Biologically speaking, that's a pretty major change," he said.Piatt and researcher Gary Drew suspect...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-20/feds-track-seabird-loss-north-pacifi
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Feds document seabird loss in North Pacific waters

...seabird density has dropped about 2 percent annually since 1975.Research wildlife biologist John Piatt of the USGS Alaska Science Center says a 2 percent annual decline would translate into an overall decline in numbers and biomass of 50 percent...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-19/feds-document-seabird-loss-north-pacifi
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