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This Turquoise Gem Is What Summer Looks Like In Southeastern Alaska

Briefly: This turquoise gem is what summer looks like in southeastern Alaska. From an altitude twice that of commercial jets, NASA’s arctic research aeroplane ER-2 — a civilian version of the Air Force’s U2-S reconnaissance plane — captured this view of a summertime melt pond atop a glacier on July 16, 2014. [NASA Earth Observatory]


Incredible Video Of Wild Alaskan Brown Bear Chilling Out With A Camper

Drew Hamilton, a tech worker at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, was chilling out with a friend, admiring the majestic landscape at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, when a cool Alaskan brown bear walked into the scene, sat down and just chilled out for a while contemplating the river.


First Ever Point-of-view Video Recorded By A Wild Polar Bear Is So Cute

US Geological Survey’s biologists attached cameras and radio collars to four free-ranging female Alaskan polar bears last April. One of the resulting videos shows one of the bears in action in the Beaufort Sea, checking out a potential mate, swimming below ice, and trying to eat a frozen seal (which is kind of gross.)


This Abandoned Igloo Hotel In Alaska Could Be Yours For $300,000

Even out in Alaska, this gigantic urethane igloo sticks out like a bizarre, misplaced structure on the side of Parks Highway. It’s long been a curiosity for tourists whizzing by on the way to Denali National Park. And now the famous landmark is for sale to the tune of $US300,000.


The Largest Earthquake In U.S. History Happened 50 Years Ago Today

At 5:42 a.m. on March 27, 1964, a 9.2-magnitude earthquake erupted 78 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska. The earthquake remains the most powerful earthquake to strike North America, and the second-largest earthquake ever measured.


The Tallest Wind Turbine Ever Will Float Above Alaska

A thousand feet off the ground, the wind blows brisk and uninterrupted. But how do you build such a tall, thin beam to support a turbine’s blades? You don’t — you float the generator in a giant helium balloon. The world’s first floating commercial wind turbine will soon be hovering over Fairbanks, Alaska.


These Glowing Dogs Are Made From Trash Pulled From The Ocean

Alaska has a rubbish problem. As you probably noticed in the aftermath of the Japanese Earthquake, America’s northernmost state happens to be the dumping grounds for all the garbage the Pacific Ocean doesn’t want. Now, an industrious artist is drawing attention to the problem.


Watch These Bears Fish For Salmon In Alaska Live Thanks To The Internet

Screw Kitten Cam, I want to see enormous bears fishing for salmon in a stream halfway around the world. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can watch that too.


Japanese Tsunami Survivor's Football Returned Via The Alaskan Coast

Last year, 16-year-old Misaki Murakami’s life was turned upside down when Japan’s tsunami claimed his home and its contents. Now, a beachcomber from Alaska has found one of his most treasured possessions — an autographed football — washed up on the US coast, and hes sending it back to him.


Why Are Scientists Firing Rockets Against Auroras?

NASA scientists are now firing 14m tall two-stage rockets against auroras because they hate them and they smell bad. Or maybe because they want to test how extreme space weather can affect digital communications between ground bases and spacecraft or satellites.


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