The National Ice Core Laboratory reopened for business once again in May to prepare about 280 meters of ice drilled from a lonely, snowy region of West Antarctica for analysis by U.S. scientists studying past climate change.
Bits and Pieces
A satellite image released this month by NASA shows the disintegrating Wilkins Ice Shelf is still shedding icebergs five years after news broke that a major collapse was first under way. The most recent break-up is likely not due to climate change, according to a leading scientist.
Predator and Prey
There are few places left in the world where the big predators still naturally dominate their ecosystem. Except perhaps one: The Ross Sea is still relatively pristine. Its intact marine food web offers ecologists an opportunity to challenge scientific orthodoxy about ecosystem structure.
Type C Personality
If Captain Ahab of Moby Dick literary fame had been a scientist, it might have been an orca and not a sperm whale that drove him to madness. Not because of some antagonistic relationship, but because killer whales have proven to be a tricky animal to study.