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In fall 1998, a 29-year-old University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student stumbled out of the Siberian forest, bruised and bleeding from his neck. Breathless, he approached an airport police officer, telling him of the robbery and the beating he had just endured. “And what do you expect me to do about this?” was the officer’s only response.

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As an Alaska Native artist who grew up in Southeast Alaska, the idea that the land of her ancestors could be bought and sold out from beneath them still baffles Mary Goddard. “I find it hard to accept that people could purchase land without regard to who it really belonged to and use the natural resources without proper precautions and respect,” she said. So she did something about it. She created a work of art to express her feelings.

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People who study animal behavior think they may have found out why wolves hunt in packs — because ravens are such good scavengers. Scientists who watched wolves on Isle Royale in Lake Superior came up with the raven-wolf pack theory after puzzling over a question: Why do wolves hunt in large groups when a single wolf can take down a moose?

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It’s a bummer of a trip when you travel thousands of miles to meet Vikings and find neither them nor any of their good beer to wash down the disappointment. Such was the case for an enterprising Lutheran who arrived in Greenland in 1721 to convert a few thousand Vikings to his faith.

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Nine years after it erupted, Kasatochi Island is just beginning to resemble its neighbors. Kasatochi is a speck in the middle of the Aleutian chain between Dutch Harbor and Adak, about 75 miles east of the latter. The volcanic island had no modern history of erupting until August 2008. In a few days that summer, the island changed from the lush green home of a quarter million seabirds to a gray pile of ash.

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