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Antibiotics from a Sponge
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday June 21, 2016

A newly discovered chemical compound found in an Antarctic sea sponge shows promise as a potential way to develop treatments against the fortified form of some of the most virulent antibiotic-resistant infections....

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Scientists Recover an Abundance of Fossils and Geologic Data from Antarctica
Science / Earth
Wednesday May 25, 2016

Using everything from pickaxes to helicopters, paleontologists scoured multiple islands off the Antarctic Peninsula in February and March for the remains of prehistoric beasts and returned with a trove of fossils from...

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Keeping Scientists AWARE of the West Antarctic Climate
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Thursday May 12, 2016

AWARE, the ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE) is a part of the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM). The National Science Foundation (NSF), which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program...

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The Southern Ocean's Carbon Sink Stronger than Ever
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Wednesday May 04, 2016

The waters around Antarctica seem to have reversed a troubling trend. Bucking predictions, observations now show that the Southern Ocean is pulling more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere than ever recorded,...

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The Aesthetics of Antarctic Architecture
Features / Artists and Writers Program
Thursday April 28, 2016

The current aesthetics of McMurdo station and its field camps are not likely to go down in history as great achievements of modern architecture. But for photographer Shaun O’Boyle, this weathered, utilitarian...

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Getting to the Bottom of SPICECORE
Science / Ice and Snow
Tuesday April 12, 2016

The South Pole Ice Core project, known more succinctly as SPICECORE, wrapped up its two-year drilling effort at the South Pole in late January, having exceeded even their most ambitious goals. Researchers...

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There's nothing but the barren polar plateau for hundreds of miles around Ridge A, home to the HEAT Telescope. The Stuff Between the Stars
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Monday April 04, 2016

Four years ago, scientists set up the High Elevation Antarctic Terahertz (HEAT) telescope in the middle of the high Antarctic plateau, more than 500 miles from the South Pole. The harsh environment and unique atmospheric conditions here make it one of the best places on Earth to study the cosmos.
Elevated carbon dioxide levels in the oceans is already starting to dissolve many pteropod shells. The Dissolving Sentinels of the Southern Ocean
Science / The Biological World
Thursday March 24, 2016

Scientists are increasingly finding sea snails with abrasions all over their tiny spiral shells, but these scuffs aren’t just wear and tear. They’re ominous signs that a foundational link in the Southern Ocean’s food chain could be facing an existential crisis in waters that are becoming increasingly acidic.
Researchers set up their equipment on Mount Erebus to probe the interior of the volcano. Giving Mount Erebus a CAT Scan
Science / Earth
Thursday March 10, 2016

An international collaboration of scientists is using electromagnetic emissions from lightning strikes and solar wind to map the inner workings of Antarctica’s Mount Erebus, the world’s southernmost active volcano. The research, led by scientists from New Zealand and the United States, will yield the clearest picture yet of the volcano’s interior.

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