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NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

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June 27 (UPI) -- North American Aerospace Defense Command aircraft intercepted four Russian Tu-142 spy planes entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday. According to NORAD, U.S. F-22s, with assistance from KC-135 air refuelers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, intercepted the Tu-142s, which came within 65 nautical miles of the Aleutian island chain off the coast of Alaska and "loitered in the ADIZ for nearly 8 hours." Advertisement The planes remained in international airspace and did not fly into U.S. or Canadian airspace. The interception marks the second incidence of a Russian aircraft near the U.S. border this week and the 10th this year, with multiple incidents taking place this month near the coast of Alaska. On Wednesday NORAD F-22s intercepted two...
Alaskan volcano eruption triggered Rome’s transition from republic to empire

Alaskan volcano eruption triggered Rome’s transition from republic to empire

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June 23 (UPI) -- Ancient ice cores suggest a giant volcanic eruption in what's now Alaska set off a series of climatic shocks that sowed economic disruption and political upheaval across the Mediterranean during the middle of the 1st century B.C. In the wake of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Rome's power brokers jockeyed for control as the Roman Republic disintegrated and the Roman Empire emerged. Several hundred miles to the Southeast, Cleopatra's attempt to restore Egypt to its former glory was complicated by failed floods, famine and disease. Advertisement To better understand how ancient climate change influenced the trajectory of this turbulent period of history, researchers analyzed paleoclimatic, archaeological and historical records. When scientists compared their ...
NORAD, Royal Canadian Air Force intercept Russian plane off Alaskan coast

NORAD, Royal Canadian Air Force intercept Russian plane off Alaskan coast

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March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. and Canadian forces worked together to intercept two Russian reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of Alaska Monday, according to North America Aerospace Defense Command and the Royal Canadian Air Force. U.S. F-22 stealth jets and Canadian CF-18 fighters intercepted two Russian Tu-142 maritime aircraft in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, Monday. The Russian aircraft did not enter U.S. or Canadian airspace, but did come "as close as 50 nautical miles to the Alaskan coast," according to NORAD's official Twitter account. According to NORAD, U.S. fighter jets escorted the Tu-142 in the Alaskan ADIZ for about four hours. "NORAD continues to operate in the Arctic across multiple domains," said General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, NORAD Commander. "As w...
Alaskan infant's DNA tells story of 'first Americans'

Alaskan infant's DNA tells story of 'first Americans'

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The 11,500-year-old remains of an infant girl from Alaska have shed new light on the peopling of the Americas. Genetic analysis of the child, allied to other data, indicates she belonged to a previously unknown, ancient group. Scientists say what they have learnt from her DNA strongly supports the idea that a single wave of migrants moved into the continent from Siberia just over 20,000 years ago. Lower sea-levels back then would have created dry land in the Bering Strait. It would have submerged again only as northern ice sheets melted and retreated. The pioneering settlers became the ancestors of all today's Native Americans, say Prof Eske Willerslev and colleagues. His team has published its genetics assessment in the journal Nature. The skeleton of the six-week-old infant was unearthed...