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Subarctic Wildfire Activity Is Heating Up In The Yukon Flats Of Alaska

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From Joseph Castro, LiveScience Contributor:

Subarctic wildfire frequency is higher now than it has been at any other point in the last 10,000 years, new records show.

The records, obtained from charcoal in the Yukon Flats of Alaska, have revealed the history of wildfire activity in the region known as the subarctic, the area just south of the Arctic Circle, from North America to Scandinavia and Siberia, where boreal forests dominate and winters are long and dark.

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Autoblog drives to the Arctic Circle

By Chris Paukert

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In Which Mercedes’ Sprinter Becomes A Long-Distance Sherpa

In the wintery wilds of northern Alaska, even the cute little critters want to kill you.

As I am about to nod off on my long leg flight from Minneapolis to Anchorage ahead of driving to the Arctic Circle, the friendly twenty-something Alaskan knitting furiously in the seat next to me pauses and says, “When you’re driving up there, don’t open your windows.” In the dead of winter? I hadn’t planned on cruising alfresco, but her warning to keep the glazing snugged against the weatherstripping is one I would take to heart. She continues: “If you leave ’em open, a fox is liable to jump right in. There are lots of rabid foxes up there, and they leap into your car and just Go. To. Town.” And here I was, thinking that a curious bear or maybe an ill-placed moose in the road was going to be my biggest potential four-legged threat. In the wintery wilds of northern Alaska, even the cute little critters want to kill you.

Bedraggled after two flights and a long layover, I reach my hotel room nursing a toothache and a suddenly metastasizing cold. I manage to down half a reindeer burger from room service and a sleeping pill, and with a cute red fox taking the place of the killer rabbit in that scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail stuck on mental replay, I hit the pillow, wondering what in the hell I’ve gotten myself into.

The next morning starts early, and I meet my fellow adventurers-to-be at the morning briefing. We’re assembled at the Anchorage Sheraton at the behest of Mercedes-Benz Canada, and our plan is to drive from Anchorage to the former mining camp of Coldfoot, which lies north of the Arctic Circle. In Sprinter commercial vans. At 1,264 miles, it’s the last leg of a longer endurance run that started out in Edmonton. We’ll stop for the night in Fairbanks, then run alongside the 800-mile-long Trans-Alaskan Pipeline before saying hello to the Arctic Circle. From there, we’ll venture up to Coldfoot Camp, where we’ll hopefully stand directly underneath the Northern Lights. Then we’ll do the whole thing in reverse, ending up in this very hotel five days from now.

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Autoblog drives to the Arctic Circle originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The List: The List #0011: Drive to the Arctic Circle

By John Neff

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The List is back! The show took a hiatus after its first season, partly to give our hosts a much-needed break, and partly to gear up for its television debut on Speed – check out tonight’s new episode at 10:30PM EST/PST. But Jessi and Patrick have finally returned to Autoblog, and they’re back with a slate of new episodes that begins with this epic adventure that should definitely be on your list of 1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die.

We’ve asked Jessi and Patrick to do some crazy, even dangerous, things during the course of producing this show (racing in the Baja 1000 comes to mind), but never before have they returned from an assignment a little surprised that they made it back.

Indeed, the Arctic Circle is a big, desolate and dangerous place to go for a drive, but it’s also beautiful, challenging and rewarding in a way that few other road trips can be. Thanks to an invitation by Mercedes-Benz and the company’s support crew, Jessi and Patrick teamed up with Autoblog executive editor Chris Paukert to attempt to drive a diesel Sprinter van to the Arctic Circle in the dead of winter for this mission. They returned with all of their fingers and toes intact to tell you the story, but did they make all the way there? You’ll have to watch it below to find out.

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The List #0011: Drive to the Arctic Circle originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Land Rover releases first Range Rover Sport teaser footage

By Zach Bowman

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Land Rover is gearing up for this year’s New York Auto Show with a teaser for the company’s new Range Rover Sport. The brief clip doesn’t reveal much beyond a fender and a quick glimpse at a headlamp (which picks up the flared look of the new Range Rover), but we do get to put an ear on the machine’s exhaust note for the first time. Trust us when we tell you you’ll want to get friendly with your volume knob on this one. Details are scarce as can be at the moment, but it certainly sounds as if there are eight furious cylinders burbling away in this thing.

The last time we saw the Range Rover Sport in development, it was prancing around in the snow near the Arctic Circle. That peek didn’t give us much to go on beyond some suggestion towards a significantly revised lower fascia, though we have heard Land Rover is working on whipping up a seven-passenger version of the Range Rover Sport in addition to the standard five-passenger model. Since previous iterations of the RRS have derived their underpinnings from the seven-passenger LR4, that would seem to be a pretty easy thing to engineer. While you’re waiting for the Big Apple reveal, you can check out the new teaser video below.

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Land Rover releases first Range Rover Sport teaser footage originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Antarctic and Arctic insects use different genetic mechanisms to cope with lack of water

(Phys.org) —Although they live in similarly extreme ecosystems at opposite ends of the world, Antarctic insects appear to employ entirely different methods at the genetic level to cope with extremely dry conditions than their counterparts that live north of the Arctic Circle, according to National Science Foundation- (NSF) funded researchers. …read more
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Autoblog Podcast #320

By Dan Roth

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Episode #319 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert and Jeff Ross talk about the Chicago Auto Show, the new Holden VF Commodore and Paukert’s trip to the Arctic Circle with The List. Dan and Zach took time to have a chat with Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood from Top Gear, as well, and that’s included in this week’s action-packed podcast. We wrap with a couple of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Keep reading for our Q&A module for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!

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Autoblog Podcast #320 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Autoblog Podcast #320 goes LIVE at 10PM Eastern!

By Dan Roth

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We’re almost ready to record Episode #319 of the Autoblog Podcast. Check out the topics below, add your own to the Q&A and join us live via UStream, as well. Keep reading for our embedded UStream player, and thanks for listening!

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #320 LIVE!

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We’re set to record Autoblog Podcast #320 tonight, and you can drop us your questions and comments regarding the rest of the week’s news via our Q&A module below. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven’t already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

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Spy Shots: Range Rover Sport spotted cold-weather testing

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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With the massively redesigned Range Rover out of the way, Land Rover is now working on getting its next-generation Range Rover Sport ready for the public eye. Wearing far less camouflage than the last time we saw this SUV, we’re starting to get a better idea of what the Range Rover‘s brasher relative will look like.

Up front, it looks like the Sport will be getting a more pointed nose than the new Range Rover, and we can also see that the lower fascia has a sportier appearance and LED running lights similar to the smaller Evoque. Our spy shooters also added that this prototype appears to be wider and lower than the current model.

Since this vehicle was caught testing near the Arctic Circle, Land Rover benefited from a bit of extra camouflage courtesy of a thick layer of snow covering the rear, so we still don’t have a good idea about what the back of the new generation will look like. Speaking of the rear end, there is still no confirmation as to whether the Range Rover Sport will be getting a seven-passenger version, so we’ll likely have to wait for more information about this new Land Rover until closer to the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall where we expect it to debut.

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Jay Leno’s Garage Drives To The Arctic Circle: Video

By Kurt Ernst

Writing about cars will never make you rich, but the job does have its perks. Chief among these are press trips, where manufacturers put you up in hotels you couldn’t possibly afford otherwise, feed you meals that cost more than your monthly food budget and toss you the keys to cars that are worth (in some cases, anyway) more than your first house. Sometimes, they even take you to racetracks, with the sole instruction being “please don’t stack our car.”

Not all press trips are filled with warmth and sunshine, as Jeremy Hart, covering the new all-wheel drive Jaguar XJ sedan for Jay Leno’s Garage, quickly discovers. Instead, this press trip covers a thousand miles of driving in the Yukon, demonstrating the prowess of Jaguar’s “instinctive” all-wheel drive. The goal is to chase the sun until it disappears under the horizon, or as Hart explains, going about as “far north in North America” as an automobile can go.

How cold are the temperatures? Try -50℉, which is cold enough to freeze the Yukon River solid. Breaking down here is a dance with death, and Hart gets some handy advice from the local police on how to build a life-saving fire using the car’s spare tire. That’s not instruction you’re likely to get from the Florida Highway Patrol.

If you’re going to drive a thousand miles to the Arctic Circle in winter, we suppose there are worse vehicles to choose than the AWD Jaguar XJ sedan. We’re not averse to cold weather, but to be honest, that’s one press trip invite we’re glad we didn’t get.

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