Winner chosen for Interior business competition

The Interior winner of a national business strategy competition hopes to develop a smart backboard that will weigh patients, take vital signs and provide information remotely to medical and emergency personnel. Sheridan Heinrichs was one of five individuals chosen to present their business ideas Nov. 14 in Fairbanks as part of the InnovateHER competition.

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Patrick Druckenmiller

During Patrick Druckenmiller’s not-so-restful sabbatical year, he is flying to museums around the world. In Alberta a few weeks ago and London now, the University of Alaska Museum of the North’s curator of earth science is looking at bones of dinosaurs similar to ones found in northern Alaska.

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Face of northern Alaska pitted by tundra fire

Eight summers ago, a bolt of lightning struck a dry tundra hillside in northern Alaska. Fanned by a warm wind that curled over the Brooks Range, the Anaktuvuk River fire burned for three months, leaving a scar visible from the International Space Station. The charred area was larger than Cape Cod.

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Flesh-eating bugs gorge in the name of science

Aren Gunderson parks his truck, steps out and strips off his sweatshirt. “I always take off my outer clothing layer,” says the caretaker of the University of Alaska Museum of the North’s colony of flesh-eating beetles. “The stink will stay with you.”

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