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For Future Generations
Features / Back in the Day
Friday April 18, 2014

More than 110 years since it was built on the spit of land that would become known as Hut Point, Robert Falcon Scott's first expedition base is getting an extreme makeover Antarctic-style. But you'd never be able to tell - and that's how the conservators like it.

It All Adds Up
Features / Life on the Ice
Thursday April 10, 2014

Some get excited for Oscar nominee lists. Others scrutinize March Madness brackets like they were financial statements. For the U.S. Antarctic Program, the closest equivalent might be Bill Spindler's annually update list of South Pole winter-over statistics.

Never a Dull Moment
Science / The Biological World
Thursday April 03, 2014

Even after more than two decades of monitoring one of the fastest changing regions on the planet, researchers with the Palmer LTER can still encounter a few surprises. This past season's unexpected encounters included extensive sea ice and a big phytoplankton bloom.

Island Time
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday March 27, 2014

The ongoing retreat of a glacier off the Antarctic Peninsula has unveiled a new island. Personnel at Palmer Station on Anvers Island witnessed the collapse of the last wall of ice that had connected the nearby spit of land from the rest of the Marr Ice Piedmont on March 14 in the latest sign of climate change.

Finding Algae
Science / The Biological World
Thursday March 27, 2014

When people think of Shackleton's expeditions in Antarctica they probably think of bravery, determination and adventure. Aneliya Sakaeva thinks of algae. She has collected samples from freshwater streams to study modern-day species of diatoms against those found by early explorers a century ago.

Tall Order
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Thursday March 20, 2014

Sound like an awesome trip? Snowmobile to the middle of nowhere, set up camp and fly radio-controlled airplanes. Now take that same scenario and move it to Antarctica, where scientists used radio-controlled airplanes to investigate a region of the atmosphere integral in understanding and predicting the weather.

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The South Pole Traverse makes its way down the Leverett Glacier in December 2013. Delivering the Goods
Features / Operations
Thursday March 20, 2014

The National Science Foundation is seeking nearly $7.3 billion for fiscal year 2015, including $435 million for the Division of Polar Programs. The request includes $18.5 million to support improvements to the U.S. Antarctic Program recommended by a 2010 Blue Ribbon Panel.
The sun sets behind BICEP2, foreground, and the South Pole Telescope at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Clear Signal
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Tuesday March 18, 2014

Researchers with the BICEP2 collaboration recently announced that their telescope in Antarctica has allowed them to collect what they believe is the first direct evidence for cosmic inflation.
Researcher Arvind Varsani begins the trek back to the field camp at Cape Crozier, home to one of the world's largest Adelie penguin colonies Power of One
Science / The Biological World
Friday March 14, 2014

Scientists have been working continuously now for more than 15 years on a long-term study to learn how Adelie penguin societies survive and thrive – or not – against both natural forces and human disturbances. It turns out at least part of that outcome may hinge on the fitness of a smaller subset of the species.

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