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The Cosmic Dust Sucker sits on the edge of the South Pole's clean air sector, pulling in air and filtering out micrometeoroids. The Cosmic Dust Sucker
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Wednesday January 04, 2017

The Earth is constantly showered with micrometeorites, every minute of every day. These interstellar particles are no bigger than a grain of sand, but are falling out of the sky everywhere. Collecting this cosmic dust, and separating it from terrestrial contamination, has led scientists to the most remote corner of the planet.
Tiny foraminifera are laid out on a microscope slide. The glue that they use to bind grains of sand together to make their shells along the ocean floor could have medical applications. Glue Genes
Science / The Biological World
Wednesday December 14, 2016

At the mouth of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, along a small spit of land called New Harbor, a team of scientists and divers have worked for decades to unlock the genetic secrets of foraminifera, some of the world’s largest single-celled organisms.

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