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Chasing Aerosol Ghosts
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Tuesday July 28, 2020

For a big mass of air, the Earth's upper atmosphere is a complicated place. The changing seasons cause temperatures and pressures to rise and fall, altering the characteristics of the planet's atmospheric...

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Where the Ice Layers Grow
Science / Ice and Snow
Monday July 13, 2020

Hunting for the perfect patch of ice can be a herculean task. Knut Christianson, of the University of Washington, spent three weeks with his research team in a barren and remote part...

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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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The IceCube facility at the South Pole houses the observatory's central servers and databases collecting data on thousands of neutrino events deep within the ice below. Over the next five years, researchers will add to it and upgrade its capabilities. 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 added to its core. It's the biggest upgrade to the IceCube detector since its completion in 2010.
On an island known only as 319 near Palmer Station, David Beilman (left) and Dulcinea Groff sample a mound of peat below a bed of moss. 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 inhospitable. While moss isn't a new arrival to the continent, its spread could mean big changes for the ecosystems of Antarctica.
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.

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