Antarctica
Subglacial Ecosystem
Subglacial Ecosystem
Jef Akst | Aug 22, 2014
Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.
Emperor Penguins on Thin Ice
Emperor Penguins on Thin Ice
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 30, 2014
A new model suggests emperor penguin populations could decline by 19 percent by 2100.
New Bird Flu Found in Penguins
New Bird Flu Found in Penguins
Kerry Grens | May 6, 2014
Scientists have identified for the first time an avian influenza that infects penguins.
Ancient Moss Reincarnated
Ancient Moss Reincarnated
Jef Akst | Mar 18, 2014
Antarctic moss beds that have been frozen for more than 1,500 years yield plants that can be brought back to life in the lab.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2014
February 2014's selection of notable quotes
Harrowing Egg Hunt, 1911
Harrowing Egg Hunt, 1911
Chris Palmer | Dec 1, 2013
Three members of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Antarctic expedition team trudged 225 kilometers in the dead of winter to retrieve emperor penguin eggs in an effort to establish an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles.
Extreme Expression
Extreme Expression
Tracy Vence | Aug 26, 2013
Researchers sequence the transcriptome of the Antarctic-dwelling bald notothen fish.
Russia Blocks Antarctic Reserves
Russia Blocks Antarctic Reserves
Dan Cossins | Jul 17, 2013
A Russian delegation vetoes proposals to create several new marine sanctuaries in the seas surrounding Antarctica.
Doubts Surface About Antarctic Life
Doubts Surface About Antarctic Life
Chris Palmer | Jul 11, 2013
Researchers contend that contamination is behind recent suggestions that Antarctica’s largest subglacial lake harbors complex life such as crustaceans and fish.
Antarctic Lake Teems With Life
Antarctic Lake Teems With Life
Chris Palmer | Jul 9, 2013
DNA and RNA sequences from Lake Vostok below the Antarctic glacier reveal thousands of bacteria species, including some commonly found in fish digestive systems.