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New genetic research on ancient bones reveals that a prehistoric population of hunters migrated into the high Arctic of North America and Greenland and survived for 4,000 years in almost complete isolation from the rest of humanity. Then, about 700 years ago, they vanished.

Joel Achenbach
As the state continues its outreach to Interior communities near the proposed route of an industrial road to a controversial mining district in Ambler, some have voiced opposition and now one has declared its land off limits.Zachariah Hughes | KNOM
Participants competed in Native sports and cultural activities in what is expected to be an annual event in remote Chukotka.Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
Parsing out the various causes of glacial retreat has been difficult, but scientists say they now have an accurate method to do so. Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
The research will focus on ways to make economic development, transportation and infrastructure safer, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
A dirt road plowed on the edge of the ice sheet for an abandoned auto-testing project is now a tourist attraction and a handy route for scientists headed to the ice sheet. Mia Bennett
Kotzebue residents got a rude awakening early Friday morning. A large thunderstorm rolled through the Northwest Alaska hub community at about 3:36 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, bringing with it  lightning strikes and four-tenths of an inch of rain. Suzanna Caldwell
The vessel traveled south for nearly a day after the man suffered a head injury to get in range of U.S. Coast Guard helicopters stationed in Barrow. Laurel Andrews
Suicide rates for Alaska Natives 70 and older are only half the national rates for that age group, according to information gathered by James Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, and his colleagues.Yereth Rosen
North Slope ravens have forced one researcher to go incognito so she can get closer to the birds to determine why they live in such a harsh climate. Ned Rozell