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Ice age camel bones found in Yukon redraw the species' lineage

WHITEHORSE, Yukon - Miners in northwestern Canada have discovered ice age camel bones whose DNA is forcing scientists to redraw the family tree of the now-extinct species.
Toxic algae bloom on West Coast the largest in a decade

SEATTLE - Federal biologists have embarked on a research expedition to examine the largest toxic algae bloom along the West Coast in more than a decade, an occurrence that has prompted the closure of some shellfish harvests in Washington, Oregon and California.The bloom involves some of the highest concentrations of the natural toxic domoic acid ever observed in some parts of the coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.
Starfish babies offer glimmer of hope amid mass die-off

LOPEZ PASS, WA - Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of the Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast had spread to this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.
Biologists investigate mysterious sun star beach stranding

Some stars burn out. Others just fade away. And some mysteriously get stuck on the beach. Two dozen colorful starfish recently washed ashore at Sunshine Cove and became stranded on a storm berm high up on the beach.
Paper looks at a future without carnivores

Carnivores play an important role in our worldwide ecosystems and, according to a paper released today from a team of scientists, a world without these species is scarier than a world with them.
Flynn, Glanville wed

Erin Flynn and Jacob Glanville wed Dec. 28, 2011 at Posada de Santiago in Santiago, Atitlan, Guatemala. A second wedding was held May 26, 2012 at Stern Grove in San Francisco. The bride is the daughter of Cathy Connor and Rod Flynn of Douglas.
Did whaling cause decline in sea otters?

A cascading decline in seal, sea lion and sea otter populations in the North Pacific may have been triggered by industrial whaling after World War II that forced packs of killer whales to look for new sources of food, a group of scientists suggest. "If our hypothesis is correct, either wholly or in significant part, commercial whaling in the North Pacific Ocean set off one of the largest and most complex ecological chain reactions ever described," the scientists wrote in an article appearing this week on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Web site.
College Corner: Gaining confidence

When she was a senior at Ketchikan High School, Jodi Jakubek didn't think she had the talent to be a college runner.
Freshman phenom

As a freshman on the University of Bridgeport volleyball team, Amy Neussl hoped to get on the floor. She ended up doing a whole lot more.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

``I've always been trying to mesh two halves of myself, trying to meld the art and the science into one,'' said Hocker, who is a free-lance scientific illustrator and part-time nature teacher. Every day she goes outside to sketch, usually to the wetlands or beaches.


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