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Heidi Rader describes the new Grow & Tell app and website she developed as “essentially Yelp for gardeners.” The free app, which was released today, allows gardeners in the United States see what vegetable varieties grow best in their areas based on what other gardeners say.

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With dogs’ breath fogging the 30-below-zero air at their knees, 71 Iditarod mushers steamed their way down the frozen Chena River in Fairbanks on March 6. Upstream, just a few miles behind them, 500 ducks were surviving in a one-mile stretch of open water. You might think the mallards that did not migrate from the sub-Arctic in fall would be skinny and weak, but a UAF graduate student found the Fairbanks ducks have the highest midwinter body mass of just about any mallards in North America.

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A landmark antenna at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be removed and replaced by a similar one during spring break week in March 2017. After more than 25 years of service, the pale blue antenna dish on the roof of the Elvey Building will retire. In the 10-meter dish’s place will go a 9-meter antenna that will be colored Nanook blue.

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In early March up on the frozen Arctic Coastal Plain, as the wind sculpts snow into drifts, it’s hard to tell northern lakes from surrounding tundra. But lurking deep beneath that flat white world are toothy predators as long as your arm.

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A 20-year effort by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers to monitor the northern Gulf of Alaska’s animals and environmental markers will soon expand. The National Science Foundation has designated the northern gulf as a Long-Term Ecological Research site and will provide grant money for future science in the area.

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Growing up in Panama, at the bottom tip of Central America, Pat Rivera was regularly exposed to nature and different environments. Rivera, who has worked on and off at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences since the late 1980s in various research and technical roles, attributes much of her adventurous and animal-loving personality to the positive experiences she had in her outdoorsy, close-knit community as a kid.

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Last month, villagers in Savoonga landed a bowhead whale. Before 2017, in every January people can remember, sea ice surrounded St. Lawrence Island, locking it in for the winter. Boat-launching and whale-taking were not possible.

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