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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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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

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
UAA said the decision would not affect 95 current students majoring in chemistry, but the school will not be accepting new chemistry majors until the program can be restarted.Sean Doogan
While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials made an unusual discovery hidden away inside luggage bound for China as it passed through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport -- more than 200 live baby turtles.Sean Doogan
It's mid-December and the coldest temperature Mother Nature has delivered to Anchorage so far this winter is 13 degrees.  And the lowest daytime high is 24 degrees -- scorching by Alaska standards. Brian Brettschneider
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 Alaska Aerospace Corp. said Friday it hopes to drum up new business for the state-owned rocket range in Kodiak and has started negotiations on a $21 million incentive plan with Lockheed Martin. Dermot Cole

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