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December 10, 2017
A caribou on Michipicoten Island in Ontario drinks out of Lake Superior. Of more than 450 caribou on the island four years ago, fewer than 100 are still alive after wolves crossed ice to the island in 2014. Wildlife experts are now deciding how to save the last Lake Superior region caribou herd. Photo courtesy of Christian Schroeder
Lake Superior's last caribou nearly gone; Ontario rushes to move remaining herd to avoid wolves
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December 9, 2017
Emaciated polar bear kicks off discussion about climate change
December 9, 2017 - 2:01pm
December 7, 2017
A train passes below the Thomas Fire near the 101 Freeway in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017. Several simultaneous wildfires in Southern California have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in the latest chapter of what has been one of the state’s worst fire seasons. (Hilary Swift / Copyright 2017 The New York Times)
Fire, fear stretch across southern California as wildfires roar from Ventura to San Diego
December 7, 2017 - 8:56pm
An artist's conception of the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Provided by Robin Dienel / Carnegie Institution for Science.
Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it's a monster
December 7, 2017 - 10:31am
Glacier researchers at work on Gueshgue glacier, in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru, Aug. 23, 2017. Accelerating glacial melt in the Andes caused by climate change has set off a gold rush downstream, but as the ice vanishes, the vast farms below may do the same. (Tomas Munita/The New York Times)
Study: Most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences
December 7, 2017 - 8:16am
December 6, 2017
Fresh fruit floats around NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg in the Unity node of the International Space Station. This image appeared in the Dec. 8, 2013 issue of The Forum and is courtesy of NASA/
The International Space Station is packed with germs, and that's a good sign
December 6, 2017 - 7:20am
December 5, 2017
A wolf moves through forested country in winter. (National Park Service photo)
Wildlife officials kill wolf in Superior
December 5, 2017 - 6:38pm
Lake Superior water level drops in November
December 5, 2017 - 1:08pm
Sunlight dapples the surface of Lake Superior as it breaks through the clouds seen from Oberg Mountain near Lutsen, Minn., in October. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)
Lake Superior water level drops in November
December 5, 2017 - 9:31am
Brittney Kurhajetz, critical care education coordinator at St. Luke's, describes how the computer analyzes each user's performance on the "patient" to determine what was done right and where improvements need to be made. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com
Pumping up cardiac training: St. Luke’s counting on technology to improve results
December 5, 2017 - 5:55am
December 4, 2017
Isle Royale was down to just two wolves last winter when this photo was taken. Now, trail cameras appear to show just one wolf remains as the National Park Service nears a final decision on when to bring new wolves to the island. Photo courtesy of Michigan Technological University.
Park Service nearing decision on Isle Royale wolves
December 4, 2017 - 3:54pm
December 2, 2017
All Season's Garden Center's Scott Kiel checks out a Fraser fir in the Christmas tree section of the local nursery. Kiel says that the Fraser firs are the most popular of the Christmas trees that they sell. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
Thin tidings: Christmas tree supply tightening as demand increases
December 2, 2017 - 8:16am
November 30, 2017
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Science says dogs are smarter than cats. Take that, cat people.
November 30, 2017 - 8:51am
November 27, 2017
Stock image of American black bear courtesy of Pixabay
Police search for killer of 400-pound black bear
November 27, 2017 - 3:33pm
November 22, 2017
Old-growth pines along Minnesota Point in Duluth are falling into Lake Superior due to extreme erosion caused by high water levels and big storms. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at using dredged sand from the harbor to replace sand on the beach. Photo courtesy Marie Strum/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Corps may use dredged sand to bolster Duluth's Park Point beach
November 22, 2017 - 5:10pm
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