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An exhibit featuring photographs by Fairbanks photographer J. Jason Lazarus will be displayed in the Café Gallery at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. The public is invited to an opening for “Stories Fading Fast: Capturing the Remnants of the Alaska Gold Rush” on Friday, Aug. 4, from 5-7 p.m.

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Small mountain glaciers play a big role in recharging vital aquifers and in keeping rivers flowing during the winter, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

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Mark Johnson may hold the world record for largest geographic range in which someone has practiced tai chi. Johnson has done tai chi at McMurdo Station in Antarctica all the way north to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago near the North Pole. He travels to these remote locations as a physical oceanographer for the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

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People interested in the latest wildfire activity now have a new web-based tool to explore current and historic wildfires in Alaska. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning has launched a new Alaska Wildfires tool. Users can view active and inactive fire locations and perimeters, and explore past wildfires dating back to 1940.

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JIM RIVER — On this cobble bar north of the Arctic Circle, it is a fine day. The sky is a sheet of blue, a breeze wraps us with clean air, a sandpiper mom shrieks over her hatchlings. They are gray-blue puffballs, extra cute and almost invisible amid the stones. In short, this is a perfect morning for the human creature, with its narrow range of comfort regarding temperature and insects. Along my hike on the path of the trans-Alaska pipeline this summer, these moments are the exception. But they always seem to happen, at least once a day.

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