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Insects in the Extreme
Science / The Biological World
Monday June 29, 2020

Scientists are taking a close look at Antarctica's largest land animal. It's a small insect called the Antarctic midge, and they don't grow much bigger than a fingernail....

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The Worst Journey - and the Best Journey to Create a Polar Expedition Graphic Novel
Features / Artists and Writers Program
Monday June 15, 2020

Artist Sarah Airriess is sharing one of the most celebrated accounts of the golden age of Antarctic exploration with a new generation. The Worst Journey in the World is the acclaimed memoir...

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Pumping Iron
Science / Earth
Tuesday May 26, 2020

Cold, hard iron is on the move. Particles of the ferrous metal are trickling into Antarctica's oceans, and marine algae are gobbling it up....

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Facing the Ultimate Acid Test
Science / The Biological World
Monday May 11, 2020

Some of the Southern Ocean's smallest animals are facing big challenges. The once-exceedingly stable Southern Ocean around Antarctica is warming, and as it absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it is also...

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Stringing Together More Neutrino Detectors
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Monday April 27, 2020

The biggest experiment at the South Pole is getting a significant upgrade. Over the next three years, IceCube, the neutrino detector located at the South Pole, will be getting numerous new detectors...

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Masses of Mosses
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday April 14, 2020

As the continent warms, Antarctica is getting greener. Plants are taking hold where glaciers once covered the landscape. Moss in particular is sprouting up in new spots where it had been previously...

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The full seal team poses with the McMurdo Station sign. (Left to right) Linnea Pearson, Erin Brodie, Heather Liwanag, PolarTrec teacher Bridget Ward, Emma Weitzner, Heather Harris and Emily Whitmer. A Seal Grows In Antarctica
Science / The Biological World
Wednesday April 01, 2020

Weddell seals thrive in some of the coldest conditions on the planet, but scientists aren't quite sure why they don't freeze when they're first starting out. Weddell seals thrive in some of the coldest conditions on the planet, but scientists aren't quite sure why they don't freeze when they're first starting out.
Tanner Kuhl (left) and John Higgins carry a recently recovered ice core out of the drill tent. Hunting For the Oldest Ice
Science / Ice and Snow
Sunday January 26, 2020

For scientists, ice cores are an indispensable window into the past. A research team using ancient ice recovered from Antarctica, announced recently that they'd identified some of the oldest air samples ever discovered, as far back as 2 million years ago, and that they're going back for more.
Very young sea spiders, seen here clutching to an egg sac carried by an adult, may be at a disadvantage as they grow and develop because of warming ocean temperatures. Larvae La Vida Loca
Science / The Biological World
Monday January 06, 2020

As oceans warm around the world, the creatures that live in them are feeling the effects. In regions like the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica, which has been unchanged for millennia, researchers worry that even small fluctuations in water temperatures can have major effects on the marine ecosystem.

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