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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

It was naptime for Izzy and Oreo as the Alaska Zoo’s brown bears (approximately 700 pounds each) were sedated as part of a University of Alaska Anchorage study about the eating habits of bears. 

Tara Young
Though Arctic Alaska is warming and permafrost is thawing, the area so far has been spared from the scourge of excessive methane emissions, according to data collected by a NASA-managed research project. Yereth Rosen
Grisly sea star deaths are continuing to litter the tidelands along the West Coast with decaying, ghostly goo, but at least scientists now believe they may have identified a potential culprit.Craig Welch | The Seattle Times
UAF geographer Dan Mann believes that carbon-dioxide removal system that has worked for a few billion years remains the most effective -- the silent breath of plants.Ned Rozell
Army Lt. Henry Allen got to know Alaska Natives as few white men had. He adopted their footwraps (or went barefoot when paddling downstream), ate their food and coaxed some of them into guiding him.Ned Rozell
While maps of Canada’s Klondike region just to the east are up-to-date and precise, geologic maps for the Alaska area right across the border are less detailed and do not match the Canadian side. The U.S. Geological Survey, with help from counterparts in Canada, is trying to fix that.Yereth Rosen
The hacking cough. The sneezes. The sore throat. If you’re among the people who are trying to fend off these and other symptoms, you’re not alone. The flu has made its way into more Alaska households than usual for the start of the holiday season. Jill Burke

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