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Sea Drifters
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday March 06, 2018

The menagerie of drifting ocean creatures that lives off the coast of Palmer Station was under the microscope more than ever this past austral summer. A team of scientists spent five months...

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Circumnavigating the Pole Hole
Science / Ice and Snow
Wednesday February 14, 2018

In January, researchers went for a more than 750-kilometer drive around the South Pole. The team followed the arc of the 88th parallel for a quarter of its distance ringing the South...

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Podcast: The Lake Hoare Field Camp
Features / Operations
Wednesday January 24, 2018

Antarctica is a big continent, and often researchers need to work in regions far away from the main research station. The Antarctic Sun is taking a behind-the-scenes look at the workers and...

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Quantifying Snowfall
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Monday January 08, 2018

Snow in some form or another blankets almost all Antarctica, but measuring exactly how much snow falls from the sky is tricky. A team of researchers recently set up four newly-developed precipitation...

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The South Pole Telescope's New Eyes
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Wednesday December 20, 2017

The telescope at the bottom of the planet spent winter calibrating and collecting data after its vision enhancement last summer. Researchers installed a new camera system in the South Pole Telescope, a...

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Building People Up at McMurdo's Chapel
Features / Life on the Ice
Friday December 15, 2017

The U.S. Antarctic Program brings people of all faiths and religious backgrounds together to support science at the bottom of the world. Situated at the end of town, McMurdo Station’s small, blue...

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A Bell 212 Helicopter comes in for a landing at the Lake Hoare field camp. Podcast: Helo Ops
Features / Operations
Friday December 08, 2017

Without any network of paved roads, getting around Antarctica's rugged landscape is tough. Helicopters are the primary means to transport people and equipment to the near field. 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 week: Helo Ops
Dorota Porazinska uses a large pipette to sample the liquid water frozen inside of a drilled out cryoconite hole. Life In A Cryoconite Hole
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday October 31, 2017

Diverse ecosystems that teem with life thrive just below the surface of many Antarctic glaciers. Small, frozen holes full of liquid water and microorganisms entombed by ice dot the surfaces of glaciers. Researchers in Antarctica are studying them to glean new insights into how these habitats form, and learn what they might be able to reveal about ecosystems around the world.
Angela Bliss (left) and Matthew Drucker share a laugh while they practice skills they learned at the communications workshop. Talking Science with the General Public
Science / Education and Outreach
Tuesday October 17, 2017

Scientists spent a long weekend in August learning how not to talk like a scientist. Educators from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the University of Colorado, Boulder trained a class of 32 early career polar scientists on techniques to share their science with the general public.

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