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US Tests Alaskan Missile Defense System Following North Korea ICBM Launch

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has released video of a test conducted yesterday using a dummy missile that was launched north of Hawaii. The missile was obliterated by another missile shot from Alaska by the THAAD defence system. And it’s a not-so-subtle message to North Korea that the US is ready to shoot down any object that may threaten US airspace. Read More >>

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We Are All Dead Moose, Frozen Mid-Fight in Futile Combat

Brad Webster was just showing a friend around the isolated town of Unalakleet, Alaska when they stumbled on a stark example of just how brutal nature can be — two dead moose, still locked in combat, frozen in ice. Read More >>

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Scientists Invite Conspiracy Theorists to Check Out Alleged Mind-Controlling Weather Machine

For decades, tin foil fashionistas have attributed a number of sinister happenings to the atmospheric research programme known as HAARP, including hurricanes, earthquakes and even the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia. After this week, however, it will be a lot harder to entertain those claims: On Saturday, the supposed weather-altering secret weapon is holding an open house. Read More >>

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BearCam is Back!

Summer is here, and it’s time for some hot bear-on-fish action. Read More >>

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Enormous Landslide Detected in Alaska

An extraordinarily large landslide has been discovered near Glacier Bay in southeast Alaska. Aerial photos show a snow-capped mountain with a huge chunk taken out of it—and a debris field that extends for nearly seven miles Read More >>

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Shell Concedes Searching for Oil Off the Alaskan Coast is a Really Bad, Really Expensive Idea

After spending $7 billion drilling for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, oil giant Shell has announced that it will cease all drilling due to “a clearly disappointing exploration outcome”. This means there might be zero drilling off Alaska’s Arctic coast in the near future.
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Watch a Totally Stunning Aerial Tour of Forests and Mountains

I’m a city person. I like buildings and bridges and streets and corners. I like angles and materials and signs and lights. But even I can let my jaw hang throughout this entire video about forests and mountains. The aerial video filmed by Earth Porn Films starts with the greenery of Alberta, Canada and transforms into the winter wonderland that is Alaska. It is truly stunning. Read More >>

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The Alaskan Town Living Under One Roof

An impossibly long, single-lane tunnel is your only way into Whittier, and your only way out. Make it to the other end of those dimly lit miles, and you'll find all the ingredients of a city. Except instead of a sprawling, urban centre, this town has been scaled to fit almost entirely into one lonely Alaskan tower. Read More >>

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NASA’s Arctic Plane Captures Stark Image of Summer in Alaska

This turquoise gem is what summer looks like in southeastern Alaska. From an altitude twice that of commercial jets, NASA's arctic research airplane 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] Read More >>

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This Abandoned Igloo Hotel in Alaska Could be Yours for £177,595

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 $300,000 (£177, 595). Read More >>

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This Alaskan Frog Can Survive Getting Frozen and Thawed

While human cryogenics is still in its pie-in-the-sky, butt-of-the-joke phase, a frog that lives in Alaska's subzero temperatures can pull off a surprisingly similar feat. Scientists have now documented the wood frog surviving through its longest and coldest states ever. This frog could someday hold the key to preserving organs for transplant and maybe just maybe even human cryogenics. Read More >>

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The Largest Earthquake in US 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. Read More >>

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The Tallest Wind Turbine Ever Will Float Above Alaska

304 metres 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. Read More >>

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These Glowing Dogs are Made From Rubbish 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 junk the Pacific Ocean doesn't want. Now, an industrious artist is drawing attention to the problem. Read More >>