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A unique subpopulation of ancient walrus in Iceland was likely hunted to extinction by Vikings shortly after arrival to the region, according to new research.
The Trump administration has initialized the final steps to open up nearly 1.6 million acres of the protected Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge to allow oil and gas drilling.
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Forty-eight lightning strikes were detected within 300 miles of the North Pole on Saturday, The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang reported Wednesday. The event was so unusual that the National Weather Service (NWS) published a statement.
"This is one of the furthest north lightning strikes in Alaska forecaster memory," NWS Fairbanks, Alaska said.
By Eon Higgins
Its official name is the "Akademik Lomonosov," but critics call it a "floating Chernobyl."