Snowflake by Sarah DeGennero from the "Letters from the Sky" art installation to be premiered on Thursday, Dec. 31 at the UA Museum of the North.

For Sarah DeGennaro and Simon Filhol, art and science are natural companions for studying one of the world’s wonders. The collaborators use a combination of illustration and programming to tell a story that is impossible to observe — the creation of snowflakes in the atmosphere.

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A study of extinctions among woolly mammoths and other ice-age animals suggests that widely interconnected habitats can help Arctic mammal species survive environmental changes. The study, led by a University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher, appears in the Nov. 2 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Engineering majors Jesse Frey, left, Morgan Johnson, center, and Patrick Wade hold the "cubesat" They designed and built as part of their work with the work with the Alaska Space Grant program. The miniature satellite is scheduled to be launched into space in August, 2015 from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California.

The first University of Alaska Fairbanks student-designed and -built small research satellite, or CubeSat, will fly on the NASA National Reconnaissance Office’s Government Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment, or GRACE, scheduled to launch on Oct. 8, 2015, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. GRACE is an auxiliary payload to the NRO’s L-55 mission.

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