Scientists may finally understand how the rabies virus can drastically change its host’s behavior to help spread the disease, which kills about 59,000 people annually.
In her study of one of the farthest-north lynx populations in North America this summer, Claire Montgomerie used her ears. While looking at the satellite tracker a female lynx was wearing, Montgomerie saw the animal was hanging around a hillside north of the Arctic Circle, not far from Coldfoot.
In 1963, 23-year-old geologist David Whistler sat down for lunch on a rocky hilltop one mile above Kennicott Glacier. With one hand on his sandwich and the other on his miner’s pick, he flipped over rocks. One of them made him pause. Embedded in the stone was a row of sharp teeth.
The University of Alaska Museum of the North is exploring skulls at hands-on programs during the month of October.
Deep inside the Geophysical Institute is Hui Zhang’s office. Three desks line the mostly bare, white walls. Behind the door is a large bookshelf filled with scientific papers, textbooks and journal publications. The barren appearance of her office would not lead someone to conclude that the professor of physics had been there for five years. “I just don’t have time to decorate,” Zhang said.
Crew members and scientists aboard the research vessel Sikuliaq recovered a $200,000 University of Alaska Fairbanks-owned underwater glider that stopped communicating in August.
A group led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Upward Bound program has been awarded a $2.1 million National Science Foundation grant to use emerging technologies as a way to increase the interest of high school low-income and first-generation-to-college students in science fields.
Commercial fishermen in Alaska who target a greater diversity of species have more stable incomes than fishermen who target one species, but diversifying isn’t easy, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Speaking at a conference in coastal Texas last fall, a researcher from Florida mentioned with relief that her home was 13 feet above sea level. That seemed curious to me, a middle Alaskan living at 500 feet, but then she mentioned the millions of other Floridians whose homes sit less than 10 feet above sea … Continue reading Hurricanes and far north sea ice
A team of researchers, including the curator of earth sciences at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study dinosaur and other fossil remains from Alaska’s North Slope. The $454,801 award will further research on the Cretaceous Prince Creek Formation, origin of most of the dinosaur bones in Alaska.
A half-million-dollar federal grant is headed to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for research in seaweed farming, a growing industry in Alaska.