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  • Two smiling women lean on an outdoor deck railing with a snowy field and rolling hills in the background.

    Waiting for the sun at Poker Flat

    April 12, 2024

    Under a bluebird sky and above a resilient winter snowpack, two sounding rockets point upward, ready to blast through the thickness of our atmosphere to gain a better look at the sun.

  • A painting of two nanuqsaurus dinosaurs with some smaller dinosaurs and the skull of a pachyrhinosaurus in the foreground.

    Dinosaur study challenges Bergmann's rule

    April 05, 2024

    A new study led by scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Reading calls into question Bergmann's rule, an 1800s-era scientific principle stating that animals in high-latitude, cooler climates tend to be larger than close relatives living in warmer climates.

  • Using both hands, a bearded man in glasses and a knit blue cap holds a tiger paw close to the camera. The paw has large white claws.

    Siberian tiger takes final rest at museum

    April 05, 2024

    It's a safe bet that Aren Gunderson's Toyota Tundra is the only one in Fairbanks that has had its bed filled with a Siberian tiger.

  • A man in a frosty face mask with ski goggles pulled up onto his forehead stands in front of snowy mountains and a bicycle loaded with gear leaning on a sign denoting the location —

    Long winter bike ride aided by naps

    March 29, 2024

    If you could have read that frost-covered fat-biker's mind as he rolled toward McGrath, Alaska, "as if Velcroed to the snow," you might have suspected he was a scientist.

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    Ice experts aid U.S. military in Arctic Ocean exercise

    March 23, 2024

    Finding a good spot for the U.S. military's biennial Operation Ice Camp falls to people at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.

  • A small gray and brown owl sits on a branch next to the shaggy-barked trunk of a spruce tree.

    Boreal owls perform by daylight

    March 21, 2024

    On these March nights, a male boreal owl has been singing from a wooden owl box near our home. The late biologist Dave Klein attached the nest box to a black spruce tree north of the University of Alaska Fairbanks ski trails many years ago.

  • Two women row a boat with a cabin that sports buckets, water jugs and other items strapped to it. The boat rises on a wave while headed toward a golden sunset.

    Marine scientist rows across the Atlantic

    March 14, 2024

    None of the four members of the Salty Science team had any rowing experience. But they had enthusiasm.

  • A large snow-covered mountain rises above lower peaks and glaciers in the foreground in an aerial view.

    Why is Denali so tall?

    March 07, 2024

    Denali, North America's highest peak at 20,310 feet above sea level, always seemed abnormally high to Peter Haeussler.

  • A black dog stands by a trail in the snow that passes through a puddle filled with chunks of ice. In the background is a high bank on which spruce trees grow.

    Wet overflow a winter hazard in Alaska

    March 01, 2024

    While following a snowmachine trail recently, my dog and I came to a low spot that looked like a swimming pool filled with ice water. The air temperature was about 5 degrees F.

  • A man pokes a ski pole into a shallow pool of water surrounded by dead grass where heat from the water has melted back the surrounding snow. Spruce forest and a birch-covered hill are in the background.

    Alaska hot springs, far and wide

    February 23, 2024

    After a few hours of skiing through deep snow, Forest Wagner and I smelled a tuna sandwich. We knew we were closing in on warm pools of water.

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