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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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As Residents Depart, Winter Arrives
Features / Operations
Wednesday March 02, 2016

Operations at McMurdo Station and the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station have transitioned into winter mode as the residents prepare for nearly four months of total darkness. The last flight of the season...

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Flying over the ice below, the deployed IcePod collects data about the bottom of the ocean, the surface of the ice and everything in between. An Airborne Look Through the Ice
Science / Ice and Snow
Wednesday February 24, 2016

Though researchers at McMurdo Station have been studying the Ross Ice Shelf for decades, the seafloor beneath it largely remains a mystery. Scientists with the ROSETTA mapping project are working to fill in one of the largest remaining blank spots on ocean charts.
Two sets of CosRay's long detector tubes are encased in insulating foam as they collect data. Next to them, boxed up equipment is being readied for shipment to South Korea's Jang Bogo station. A New Home for an Old Experiment
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Tuesday February 09, 2016

The longest running experiment at McMurdo is leaving the station, but it's not moving too far away, Antarctically speaking. The CosRay experiment, which has been recording changes in the stream of cosmic rays striking Earth since 1960, is relocating to the new South Korean station, Jang Bogo, about 230 miles away.
The band Icestock Rings in the New Year
Features / Life on the Ice
Tuesday February 02, 2016

Brisk winds blew through a bundled-up crowd, as they collectively bobbed their heads and swayed along to live music. The musicians played below large blue cutout letters that spelled out "ICESTOCK," McMurdo Station's annual New Year's celebration and the world's southernmost outdoor music festival.

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