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University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers have discovered that volcanoes have a unique way of dealing with pressure — through crystals.According to a new study published in the Journal of Geology, a network of microscopic crystals can lessen the internal pressure of rising magma and reduce the explosiveness of eruptions.

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Chris Sannito’s dog Sammy is really happy that his owner has developed a tasty pet treat made out of pollock skins. Informal taste tests by Sammy and other Kodiak canines indicate the treats — although not fishy smelling to humans — have plenty of that deep-sea essence dogs love so much.

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For most of us, the tri-tone jingle emanating from our cellphone signals a text message from a friend, or maybe an incoming email. But for University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute researchers and colleagues working with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, that familiar tone may be the first sign of a volcanic eruption.

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Need help preserving the catch? The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has online canning lessons, DVDs and free publications about canning, freezing, smoking and pickling fish at www.uaf.edu/ces.

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Increasing fuel prices and new regulations have caused halibut charter fishermen to change fishing locations, according to a new study by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, highlights the importance of understanding how economics and regulations may affect fishing locations or species preferences in recreational fisheries.

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