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Bigger Boats, Better Science
Features / Operations
Friday October 14, 2016

Two new boats on their way to Palmer Station will soon allow researchers to dramatically extend their time out on the water, and the distance away from station they’re able to travel...

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GRIPS' Moment Under the Sun
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Wednesday October 05, 2016

As a giant helium balloon lifted the alabaster solar telescope GRIPS (Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar Flares) aloft, the excitement on the ground was palpable. The team of researchers, who had spent seven...

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Capturing a Collapse
Science / Ice and Snow
Tuesday September 27, 2016

Not much remains of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, but what is left can teach scientists a lot about how mighty masses of ice fall apart, especially when its last lingering sliver...

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The Last Winfly
Features / Operations
Wednesday September 21, 2016

Since 1967, Winfly has been the transition period between the winter and summer seasons. However next year, as the station starts to transition into year-round science operations, flights will be flying to...

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House of Ice
Features / Life on the Ice
Tuesday September 13, 2016

During the months-long, dark and frigid winter at the South Pole, members of the station’s winter crew spend their free time in lots of ways. Some read books, others watch movies or...

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Searching for Inflation
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Monday August 01, 2016

Scientists working at the South Pole are trying to detect the imprints of gravitational waves from when the universe was only a tiny fraction (about one trillionth of a trillionth of a...

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Vickie Siegel and Josh Moor prepare the underwater autonomous vehicle ARTEMIS to dive under the ice. A Robotic Rehearsal for Interplanetary Exploration
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Monday July 11, 2016

It is no small undertaking to design and build a 25-foot-long underwater robot, launch it through a narrow hole drilled through 20 feet of sea ice, allow it to maneuver autonomously through several kilometers of Antarctic Ocean for hours at a time and program it to pilot itself back to within a few feet of where it started. The simple part is that it at least takes place on planet Earth.
The ANSMET team looks on as mountaineer John Schutt uses sterilized tongs to pick up and take a careful look at a meteorite before bagging it for later study. Little Pieces of Outer Space on the Frozen Continent
Science / Ice and Snow
Tuesday July 05, 2016

The Antarctic ice is home to stuff "not of this Earth." Each year, scientists travel to remote sections of the frozen continent to look for these pieces of outer space. They're hunting for meteorites; the charred remains of asteroids and other space debris that fell to Earth. This year, after five weeks out in the field, the eight-person Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) team returned with 569 likely meteorites.
A Dendrilla membranosa sponge grows at Killer Whale rocks off of Palmer Station. Antibiotics from a Sponge
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday June 21, 2016

A newly discovered chemical compound found in an Antarctic sea sponge shows promise as a potential way to develop treatments against the fortified form of some of the most virulent antibiotic-resistant infections.

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