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Listening to Rock Music
Science / Earth
Monday July 08, 2019

Rocks are cracking up all over Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys. Though it may take hundreds of thousands, or even millions of years, the slow but inevitable processes of weathering eventually reduce all...

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Digging For Fishies
Science / Earth
Monday June 17, 2019

The mountains of Antarctica may seem an unlikely place to find fish, but they were exactly what a team of paleontologists working along the edge of the Polar Plateau last winter were...

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Hacking Science with Microscopic Photography
Features / Artists and Writers Program
Monday June 03, 2019

Ariel Waldman is a true renaissance woman. As an artist, author, innovation advisor, and scientist (often all at the same time) she built a career fueled by her passion for making science...

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Podcast: The South Pole Traverse
Features / Operations
Monday May 20, 2019

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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Icefin Tests the Waters
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Tuesday May 07, 2019

Navigating a robot through the frozen ocean's frigid waters was all in a day's work for the RISE UP science team. From their makeshift mission control in a small fish hut, the...

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The Dry Valleys' Briny Deep
Science / Earth
Monday April 22, 2019

Hunting for groundwater has come a long way from divining rods in the days of yore. This past austral summer, scientists in Antarctica used a sophisticated and highly sensitive instrument to look...

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Caitlin Scarano sits overlooking the penguin colony at Cape Royds. The Reality and Revisioning of Antarctica
Features / Perspectives
Monday April 08, 2019

Antarctica is often thought of as a wilderness, both by people who have never been to the continent and people who have worked and lived there for years. Writer Caitlin Scarano wants to challenge the very notion of wilderness. Scarano, who received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December, spent four weeks at McMurdo Station and its surroundings. While there, she met with members of the McMurdo community to gather their stories and hear their impressions of the southernmost continent.
Dick Bowers (left) and South Pole chief scientist Paul Siple celebrate the first Christmas at the South Pole in December 1956. It was the one day of respite while otherwise working non-stop to build the first South Pole station. Appreciation: Dick Bowers, 1928-2019
Features / Perspectives
Monday April 01, 2019

Dick Bowers, the U.S. Navy engineer who led the construction of both McMurdo and South Pole stations has died. Bowers passed away on January 29, 2019, at the age of 90.
The edge of the Thwaites Glaciers seen from the air. The First Wave of the "Thwaites Invasion"
Science / Ice and Snow
Monday March 18, 2019

The U.S. and U.K.-funded International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) officially kicked off its science field research in January, when four researchers and their support teams set foot on a remote, fast-melting glacier in West Antarctica, establishing a beachhead for an unprecedented international project to determine the glacier's fate.

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