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  • A woman holding a child stands in a depression in a forest while another child sits on a log suspended above the hole.

    A backyard science expedition, in diapers

    May 23, 2024

    A fist-size opening in the forest floor exhausted so much air this spring that it built its own chimney of frost. A university researcher -- and her kids -- helped investigate.

  • a musk ox calf lying down and looking at the camera

    LARS to host annual Birthday Bash for new calves

    May 23, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Large Animal Research Station will introduce its new reindeer and muskox calves at its annual Birthday Bash from noon-4 p.m. on June 1.

  • adult male mountain goat standing on rocks in a winter landscape

    Mountain goats live and die on the edge

    May 09, 2024

    Kevin White has placed his hands on the long, white fur of more than 400 Alaska mountain goats during the past 20 years. His diligence in studying this Ice Age wanderer of high, steep, country has led to a new understanding -- a surprising number of the creatures die by snow avalanche.

  • Close-up shot of a mountain climber in a yellow jacket jacket and helmet reaching up towards the camera with another climber lower down the slope

    Searching for microplastics on Denali

    May 03, 2024

    Two college students will soon be stuffing snow from the slopes of Alaska's highest mountain into Nalgene bottles. Their goal is to see if that precipitation contains tiny plastic particles that are ubiquitous everywhere else on Earth.

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