Mush in the slush

March 9, 2015

 

Dogs from Michelle Phillips's team play as they wait for the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Dogs from Michelle Phillips’s team play as they wait for the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

 

Release the hounds!

Well, not hounds, so much as huskies. Today marks the beginning of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a roughly 1,000-mile contest that starts in Fairbanks, Alaska. For the first time in over a decade the race will utilize a new course, due to warm weather and a dearth of snow along the usual track. Yes, East Coasters: Parts of Alaska lack snow right now.

While Alaska faces balmy March weather, enjoy some more news you may have missed:

 

Oklahoma, not OK

Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity closes its University of Oklahoma chapter, after members there post a racist video.

 

What to do with 30 million tons of radioactive waste?

Japan looks to build a nuclear waste storage site for the debris collected from the Fukushima plant disaster.

 

The new academic prerequisite: vaccinations

Incoming students at Ohio State University must now get a number of vaccinations – including one for measles – before attending the school.

 

Video: Pinot, Chardonnay and… Rooibos?

South African vintners utilize Rooibos wood to create a wine for the health-conscious.

 

Octopus jail break?

A very large octopus attempts to crawl out of its enclosure in Seattle.

 

3/9/15, 4:13 pm ET: This post has been corrected to include the correct link for “Video: Pinot, Chardonnay and… Rooibos?” We regret the error.

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