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News Roundup: October 24, 2013


Alaska News
This week it was reported that one of the options in the Master Plan to expand Ted Stevens International Airport would cut right through an old Dena’ina settlement at Pt. Woronzoff.
The site was originally documented during a municipality study conducted in 1986, but is being brought back into the spotlight thanks to the Alaska Center for the Environment and their concerns over the airports expansion.
In UAA news, campus police are searching for leads connected with the beating of a local teen. Campus police were informed of the incident via an anonymous note left under the University Police Department’s door. Police found 18 year old James Clinton unconscious in a house that was scheduled for demolition on the following day.
The University of Alaska – Fairbanks is home to some crazy traditions. There’s the “Beat Beethoven” run in April, where participants try to run a 5k marathon before the last note of Beethoven’s fifth symphony is struck. This past weekend UAF held the third annual “Nearly Naked Run”, a clothing fundraiser run for local charity Fairbanks Resource Agency and their Closet Collections program. This Saturday will mark the 16th Annual Farthest North Forest Festival, hosted by the Forestry program in the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. Events include ax throwing, “birling” or log rolling (which takes place in one of the campus ponds), and cross cut sawing. If you want to see some impressive feats of strength, or strength of feet, swing on by Saturday.
Recently, the residents of Haines Alaska amended their Borough charter to specify that Charter rights belonged to “individual human beings” and not “artificial entities” like corporations. The hope is that the sentiment will be a grassroots spark that leads to state and national changes in how corporations are viewed in the light of “Citizens United”.
The highly successful Fire Island wind farm is looking to double production in the coming years. CIRI, a regional ANCSA corporation, has plans to add 11 more turbines to the wind farm by October of 2015.
Speaking of grids, Al Jazeera recently featured a story on the Castellini family. The Castelleni family bought a remote plot of land near Anchor Point in 1994, and have been farming and living off the grid ever since.
Weird Science News
In “B horror movie come to life” news, 21 people in China have died after being stung by giant wasps. Check out these freaks of nature and read about the Asian giant hornet, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Dark Lords Professors at MIT and Harvard have successfully “chained” photons together to create a new form of matter that mimics the behavior of a lightsaber.
The International Whaling Commission recently published new findings in the death of over 100 melon-headed whales in 2008 on the island of Madagascar. High frequency sonar, frequently used in bathymetric mapping of the seafloor, was cited as being responsible for driving the open water whale species into a shallow lagoon where they became beached and died.
Gaming News
The Global Gaming initiative has launched a new game that doubles as a philanthropy tool. Sidekick Cycle, which was released last week on iTunes, features a business model where, for every purchase of the game, half the proceeds go to provide bikes for the poor in Africa. The game will even keep track of how many bikes have been donated as a result of sales.
20 years ago, one video game stormed a path to glory, capturing and holding the title of “Best Selling Video Game” for nearly a decade. That game was Myst. Thanks to the mobile app video game market, Myst is making a comeback. The once defunct Cyan studios is now working to resurrect the Myst mythos, and a kickstarter campaign for a new game in the series could be just around the corner.


  1. It’s awful about those whales. I know the feeling, albeit on a much smaller scale, because I could not be in my mom’s kitchen when the magnetic range burners were turned on; it killed my head.