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2011-08-08 09:00:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Marilyn F. Romano, Alaska Airlines' new regional vice president - Alaska, came onboard the carrier today at its Regional Headquarters in Anchorage. The former vice president and publisher of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner will work in transition with Bill MacKay, the airline's outgoing senior vice president - Alaska. MacKay plans to retire Oct. 10, 2011, after serving 35 years with the airline. "We're excited to welcome Marilyn onboard...

2011-07-27 13:35:52

Discovery puts scientists closer to human application Hibernation is an essential survival strategy for some animals and scientists have long thought it could also hold promise for human survival. But how hibernation works is largely unknown. Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have successfully induced hibernation at will, showing how the process is initiated. Their research is published in the July 26 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. A hibernating animal has a reduced...

2011-05-06 14:00:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today that Marilyn F. Romano has been named regional vice president - Alaska. Romano, vice president and publisher of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the state's second-largest newspaper, will assume her new role by early August. "We're delighted to welcome someone with such a strong commitment and connection to the state of Alaska," company President Brad Tilden said. "Marilyn cares deeply about the communities in...

2011-04-26 11:54:00

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute are hosting public meetings to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the NASA Sounding Rockets Program operations at the University's Poker Flat Research Range near Fairbanks. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, the environmental study will evaluate the effects of NASA's...

2011-04-25 16:44:41

It took 26 years for marine invertebrates living on the Port Valdez seafloor to stabilize after Alaska's Great Earthquake of 1964, according to a scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "The earthquake, which measured 9.2 on the Richter scale, and the tsunami waves that followed, impacted every marine community in Prince William Sound," said Arny Blanchard,, a research assistant professor at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Four decades of monitoring, including samples...

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2011-03-05 10:41:50

Sea-ice algae "“ the important first rung of the food web each spring in places like the Arctic Ocean "“ can engineer ice to its advantage, according to the first published findings about this ability.The same gel-like mucus secreted by sea-ice algae as a kind of antifreeze against temperatures well below minus 10 C is also allowing algae to sculpt microscopic channels and pores in ice that are hospitable to itself and other microorganisms.Altering ice to their benefit should help...

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2011-02-25 06:15:00

The oldest human remains ever discovered in sub-Arctic North America have been unearthed in a newly excavated archaeological site in Alaska, scientists said on Thursday. The skeletal remains appear to be those of a 3-year-old child buried some 11,500 years ago, and could provide rare insight into the burial practices of Ice Age peoples and the lives of early settlers who crossed from Asia to the New World, the scientists said. The remains were discovered in an ancient fire pit within an...

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2011-02-18 06:05:00

Black bears show surprisingly significant and previously unobserved slowing of their metabolism during and after hibernation, according to a new study by scientists at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The amount of metabolic suppression surprised the researchers, since the bears exhibited only a moderate decrease in body temperature during hibernation. "In general, an animal's metabolism slows to about half for each 10 degree (Celsius) drop in body...

2010-09-08 13:50:06

By Carin Stephens A University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries scientist has teamed up with Alaska Power and Telephone to study how a new power-generating turbine affects fish in the Yukon River. So far, the news looks good for the fish. "In the brief testing that we have been able to accomplish, we have no indication that the turbine has killed or even injured any fish," said Andrew Seitz, project leader and assistant professor of fisheries. Alaska Power and Telephone installed the in-stream...

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2010-08-04 09:31:14

Permafrost warming continues throughout a wide swath of the Northern Hemisphere, according to a team of scientists assembled during the recent International Polar Year. Their extensive findings, published in the April-June 2010 edition of Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, describe the thermal state of high-latitude permafrost during the International Polar Year, 2007-2009. Vladimir Romanovsky, a professor with the snow, ice and permafrost group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.