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Antarctica Tourism Could Be Making Penguins Sick

Human visits to the South Pole may threaten the adorable creatures with deadly diseases.<p>Antarctica remained largely untouched until roughly 200 years ago, and now, more than 10,000 people travel there every year. But tourists bring more than cameras. Scientists are warning that pathogens brought by …

New study shows warm waters are melting Antarctica from below

The penetration of warm water to Antarctic ice shelves appears to be responsible for their dramatic decline<p>Just this week, a new study has appeared which describes a clever method for measuring the flows of ocean currents and their impacts on ice shelves. This study has identified a major mechanism …

Winter Aurora over Halley Research Station

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Korea opens second research station in Antarctica

Korea is preparing for a new period of polar exploration with the completion of its second research station in Antarctica.<br>A ceremony was held for the …

Stress Makes Antarctic Penguins Less-Attentive Parents

Stress induced by changes in Antarctic sea ice may cause adult male Adélie penguins to be less attentive to their chicks, and may increase chick …

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Silent marine robots that record sounds underwater are allowing researchers at the University of East Anglia to listen to the oceans as never …

Comet Lovejoy heading outward again

Comet Lovejoy came faintly visible to the eye in early November 2013. It was closest to the sun on December 22. It’s currently on the outbound leg of …

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the technical feasibility to its funding model. But recent developments from the project seem to be bringing the goal of starting a human colony on Mars by 2025 a little …

Antarctic veterans describe their love affair with this remote wilderness

These past weeks, we've benefited from the combined experience of several Antarctic veterans, people who have been to the frozen continent countless times, who keep coming back and, for all intents and purposes, will keep coming back. My own experiences have been written from the point of view of …

What will happen to the trapped Akademik Shokalskiy if the international rescue operation can't get through? - video

Guardian video producer Laurence Topham and science correspondent Alok Jha celebrate the new year stuck in ice on board the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy<p>1:29<p>Published: 31 Dec 2013<p>Despite their ship being imprisoned by ice in the Antarctic, scientists, passengers and crew threw a riotous party to …

The penguins of Cape Denison

Every coast or sea we have visited in Antarctica, we have seen penguins. They come to the shoreline to investigate our ship as we sail past, they hop on and off ice floes, flocks of them fly in formation through the water. Night or day, there are always a dozen penguins, at least, within sight of …

so, a few nights ago we had this spectacular aurora dancing overhead. #Antarctica

Antarctic ice is melting 10 times faster than it was 600 years ago

Antarctic ice is melting TEN TIMES faster than it was 600 years ago<p>Experts found the most rapid melt occurred in the past 50 years<br>• Tests carried out …

Antarctic freeze paved the way for baleen whales

Antarctica’s icy blanket and huge, filter-feeding whales may be inextricably linked. It seems that when the South Pole first froze over, the …

Science 'javelins' spear Pine Island Glacier

<b>UK scientists have developed an air-dropped projectile to put instruments in some of the most inaccessible places in Antarctica.</b><p>Twenty-five of the "javelins" are currently sticking in Pine Island Glacier (PIG), one of the continent's biggest and fastest-moving ice streams.<p>The PIG has many deep …

Transatlantic flights 'to get more turbulent'

Planes are already encountering stronger winds, scientists say<p><b>Flights across the North Atlantic could get a lot bumpier in the future if the climate changes as scientists expect.</b><p>Planes are already encountering stronger winds, and could now face more turbulence, according to research led from …

News about Antarctica - Bergy Bits

Photo Credit: NASA<p>Bergy bits<p>Remnants of mighty iceberg B-15 still floating around 13 years later<p>Posted April 5, 2013<p>A NASA satellite recently spied a …

How climate change actually may help penguins

<i>By Douglas Main</i><i><br>LiveScience</i><p>Antarctic warming has been a boon for one large colony of Adélie penguins, a finding that's surprising scientists.<p>A recent study found that over the last 60 years, a colony of the birds on Beaufort Island in the Ross Sea, south of New Zealand, increased by 84 percent, from …

Antarctic blue whales pinpointed with sonar

<i>By Becky Oskin</i><i><br>LiveScience</i><p>Whales may be the biggest animals on Earth, but finding them in the vast open ocean isn't easy.<p>Now, an Australia-led research team has demonstrated a novel idea for chasing down the massive marine mammals. To search for Antarctic blue whales, the group dropped sonar buoys …

Sea Shepherd’s Win Is Japan’s Loss: Whalers Have Worst Season Ever

This year, Japanese whalers had their least successful hunting season on record, taking fewer than half the animals they killed during 2011-2012. The …

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Will Adélie penguins be climate change winners?

Adélie penguin population is expanding as ice fields recede, says study.<p>Adélie penguins may actually benefit from warming global temperatures, unlike …

Nasa's James Hansen retires to pursue climate fight

<b>One of the leading voices on the science of global warming is to retire from Nasa this week to be more active in the fight against fossil fuels.</b><p>Dr James E Hansen has been the head of the Goddard Institute for Space Research since 1981.<p>He is sometimes called the "father of global warming" for his …

Melt may explain Antarctica's sea ice expansion

<b>Climate change is expanding Antarctica's sea ice, according to a scientific study in the journal Nature Geoscience.</b><p>The paradoxical phenomenon is thought to be caused by relatively cold plumes of fresh water derived from melting beneath the Antarctic ice shelves.<p>This melt water has a relatively low …

Global warming expands Antarctic sea ice

In a polar paradox, melting land ice helps sea ice to grow.<p>Ocean warming may be a major driver of sea-ice expansion in the Antarctic, researchers …

Nils Olav, a penguin to protect the King of Norway

AFP/Getty Images<br>Nils Olav, an Edinburgh Zoo penguin and Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King's Guard, an elite unit tasked with protecting the …