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Clam shells found in the Beaufort Sea floor during a 2010 mapping mission belong to a genus previously unknown to science, according to a new study. The clam shells date back more than a million years.

Yereth Rosen
Cloud cover is forecast for virtually every area of the state outside a swath of Southwest Alaska including Dillingham and King Salmon, Saturday night into Sunday morning, when the strong meteor shower will peak, said NWS forecaster Christian Cassell.Michelle Theriault Boots
At the return of the last ice age, when glaciers began covering North America around 75,000 years ago, colder temperatures pushed the boreal forest and muskeg south. Mastodons moved with the forest and ended up south of the ice sheets.  They never came backNed Rozell

The Sikuliaq, a state-of-the-art oceanographic research vessel operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is designed to work in Alaska waters, with limited ice-breaking capacity and a futuristic prop design that lets it maneuver in icy conditions. It hasn't arrived in its home state yet, but the director of UAF's Marine Center will give a "virtual" tour in Anchorage next week.

Mike Dunham
To see how much blackfish could take, scientists subjected them to tests that included dipping parts of the fish in Prestone antifreeze chilled to subzero temperatures. Ned Rozell
Low-bush cranberries and wood frogs can both survive cold air, but each would die in a winter without snow. Temperatures about -12 F is their limit without the protection of a layer of insulation. Ned Rozell
Sixty-four years after it was discovered in the Arctic, a giant, prehistoric marine reptile has finally been positively identified. The University of Alaska scientist who led the research team says the particularly exciting thing about the find is the presence of the animal's "last meal" still inside the skeleton.Mike Dunham
Seismic activity within the Shishaldin volcano, located on Alaska's Aleutian Island, increased overnight Sunday. Small explosions within the volcano have been occurring steadily for months, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said Monday.Laurel Andrews
Using $3,200 of his own money, microbiologist Johan Hultin, then 72, traveled to Brevig Mission to collect buried samples from Alaska Natives who died during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic that killed an estimated 20-40 million people. Ned Rozell

Ever since the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, Alaskans have speculated when the next big earthquake will occur. To test the preparedness of responders, FEMA designed an earthquake-response simulation called Alaska Shield, which replayed the 1964 event in Anchorage and the surrounding region.

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