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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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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...

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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...

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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.
At McMurdo Station, the flags of the original 12 signatory nations to the Antarctic Treaty flap in the breeze around a bust of Admiral Richard Byrd. The Antarctic Treaty's Diamond Anniversary
Features / Back in the Day
Monday December 02, 2019

Sixty years ago, on December 1, 12 nations signed an unprecedented international agreement that set aside their often-contentious territorial claims on the frozen continent and established Antarctica as a place for peaceful coexistence to facilitate scientific research by all nations.
The SALSA camp, at its peak, home to more than 50 scientists and support staff, working to cleanly sample subglacial Lake Mercer. SALSA Part I: Scratching the Surface
Science / Ice and Snow
Tuesday November 05, 2019

A team of researchers and drilling engineers recently spent six weeks in West Antarctica carefully drilling through nearly a mile of ice to study Mercer Subglacial Lake. This body of water is buried under an ice stream, and likely hasn't seen the light of day for at least thousands and possibly hundreds of thousands, of years.

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