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Podcast: The Fire Department
Features / Operations
Monday March 01, 2021

The Antarctic Sun is taking a behind-the-scenes look at the workers and what they do to make science at the bottom of the world possible. This Episode: The Fire Department. Even on...

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On the Wings of Petrels
Science / The Biological World
Monday February 15, 2021

Ecologist Donna Fraser carefully makes her way across a low rocky ridge towards a mass of gray feathers with a beak. It's the baby chick of a southern giant petrel....

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Counting on Seals
Science / The Biological World
Monday February 01, 2021

Seal science in Antarctica continues, even as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world. Fewer researchers and support staff traveled to Antarctica in 2020 to reduce the risk of introducing the virus...

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Weddell Seals Sing Songs Humans Can't Hear
Science / The Biological World
Monday January 18, 2021

The seals of McMurdo Sound are more vocal than previously thought. A new research paper published in the December edition of The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America shows that Weddell...

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A Bot in the Ocean
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Monday December 14, 2020

During the past austral summer, scientists released an autonomous seafaring robot into the Southern Ocean. For four months, the small "Wave Glider" navigated the frigid Antarctic waters, collecting data on the surrounding...

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An Aerial Assessment of Adelie Penguins
Science / The Biological World
Monday November 30, 2020

Flying robots are helping scientists track the population of Adelie Penguins. This past austral summer, researchers flew a small fleet of coordinated unmanned aerial vehicles, or "UAVs," over Cape Crozier, one of...

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The profile of a south polar skua, one of the most infamous seasonal residents around Antarctica. 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 greeted by many with curiosity and anticipation, but also with some suspicion.
Search and Rescue supervisor John Loomis helps SAR team member Christina Bovinette out of a simulated crevasse during a training simulation. 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 staff to get these researchers the supplies they need, transport them to where they need to go and keep them safe throughout.
The Martin A. Pomerantz observatory, also known as MAPO, home to the former Keck Array and the now-under construction BICEP Array. 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 more sensitive and better able to observe the most ancient light in the universe.

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