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Small mammals such as shrews, voles, mice and lemmings will likely shift their distribution across Alaska in coming decades as the climate warms, with some species gaining ground and others losing out, a new study says.

Yereth Rosen
While snorkeling in Alaska’s largest lake, Stephanie Carlson watched sockeye salmon change from aggressive red creatures with the jaws of wolves to drab, lethargic slugs. That conversion was so quick that she wondered if fish that fall apart faster have some advantage over fish that linger.Ned Rozell
The Perseid meteor shower, widely regarded as the best meteor shower of the year, will peak this week and be visible to many in Alaska after midnight and through the pre-dawn hours.Jeannette Lee Falsey
One of the quietest places in Alaska was temporarily home to a few hardy people when the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. An archaeologist has fleshed out what life might have been like during a winter on St. Matthew Island in the 1600s.Ned Rozell
The world’s glaciers are retreating at a faster rate than any time in recorded history, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Glaciology.Asaf Shalev
After setting traps in trees to catch flying squirrels, Link Olson was surprised to find northern red-backed voles instead. The curator of mammals at the University of Alaska Museum knew a bit about voles, but couldn't remember a sentence about their ability to climb. Ned Rozell
Huge, wind-whipped waves were crashing onto the beach at Barrow, forcing the closure of a road, the National Weather Service reported Thursday. Yereth Rosen,Alex DeMarban
With an influx of Arctic researchers launching weather balloons, drones and sensor-equipped projectiles, the Federal Aviation Administration is designating a new aviation "warning area" above the Beaufort Sea stretching north of Prudhoe Bay.Asaf Shalev
Scientists hope President Obama's visit to Alaska and a high-level conference focusing on climate will help people in southern latitudes understand why the quickly warming Arctic is important to the rest of the world.Yereth Rosen
The U.S. Arctic Research Commission is delving into health issues affecting far north populations, and mental health is at the forefront of the discussion.Yereth Rosen