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The Infamy of the Skua
Features / Life on the Ice
Monday November 16, 2020

Like clockwork in late November, the residents of McMurdo Station look to the sky and spot something that many haven't seen in months - birds. The arrival of these feathered creatures is...

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Podcast: The Search and Rescue Team
Features / Operations
Monday November 02, 2020

In Antarctica, scientists conduct cutting edge research on a harsh and barren continent. It's no easy task, but to help make it happen the U.S. Antarctic Program employs small army of support...

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Southernmost Telescope Gets an Array of Upgrades
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Monday October 12, 2020

One of the telescopes at the bottom of the world is getting a major upgrade. The South Pole's venerable Keck Array is being reconstituted into the more powerful BICEP Array, making it...

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Heavy Cosmic Rays - Part II: The Death and Life of SuperTIGER-II
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Monday September 28, 2020

The season before SuperTIGER-II's successful 2019 flight, the payload had an unexpectedly short flight over Antarctica. Brought down after less than a day because of a problem with the balloon carrying it,...

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Heavy Cosmic Rays - Part I: The Flight of SuperTIGER-II
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Monday September 14, 2020

In December 2019, SuperTIGER clawed its way back into the upper atmosphere. The second flight of the SuperTIGER cosmic ray experiment, officially dubbed SuperTIGER-II, flew high above the icy continent for more...

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Detecting Anomalous Life Swarms
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday September 01, 2020

The seas around Antarctica are alive, but that life is not evenly distributed everywhere. Vast regions of barren ocean are punctuated by oases of concentrated nutrients that create hotspots of biological activity....

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Field safety coordinator Philippe Wheelock drives a snowmobile across the ice shelf. Using the flags in tow, he's helping to mark the safe travel routes across the frozen landscape. Podcast: Field Support and Training
Features / Operations
Monday August 10, 2020

In Antarctica, scientists conduct cutting edge research on a harsh and barren continent. It's no easy task, but to help make it happen the U.S. Antarctic Program employs small army of support staff to get these researchers the supplies they need, transport them to where they need to go and keep them safe throughout.
Deshler's team works together to inflate a balloon to launch a balloon into the stratosphere. Chasing Aerosol Ghosts
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Tuesday July 28, 2020

For a big mass of air, the Earth's upper atmosphere is a complicated place. The changing seasons cause temperatures and pressures to rise and fall, altering the characteristics of the planet's atmospheric layers, sometimes dramatically.
The Hercules Dome field team poses next to a Hercules LC-130 aircraft. From left: Ben Hills, Nick Holschuh, Knut Christianson, John Christian, Andrew Hoffman, Gemma O'Connor, Annika Horlings Where the Ice Layers Grow
Science / Ice and Snow
Monday July 13, 2020

Hunting for the perfect patch of ice can be a herculean task. Knut Christianson, of the University of Washington, spent three weeks with his research team in a barren and remote part of Antarctica, scouring the landscape for the perfect spot.

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