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New Priorities: 2016 NSF Budget AIMS to Rebuild McMurdo and Palmer Stations
New Priorities: 2016 NSF Budget AIMS to Rebuild McMurdo and Palmer Stations

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Special Reports

Take a look at Special Reports, External Panel reviews, and NSF’s forward-looking Master Plans.

More and Better Science in Antarctica Link to PDF file
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McMurdo Master Plan Report Link to PDF file

Program Announcements
April 23, 2015
Planet-sized new item Planet-sized "Virtual Telescope" Expands to the South Pole to Observe Black Holes in Detail

Astronomers building a globe-spanning virtual telescope capable of photographing the event horizon of the black hole at the center of our Milky Way have extended their instrument to incorporate the South Pole Telescope (SPT).

April 10, 2015
Michael E. Jackson Joins PLR's Antarctic Sciences Section Michael E. Jackson Joins PLR's Antarctic Sciences Section

Letter from Scott Borg, Head of the Division of Polar Program's Antarctic Sciences Section, regarding the appointment of Dr. Michael E. Jackson as Program Director for Antarctic Research Facilities and Special Projects.

March 31, 2015
Ms. Susanne LaFratta Appointed Section Head for the Polar Environment, Safety and Health Section of Polar Programs Ms. Susanne LaFratta Appointed Section Head for the Polar Environment, Safety and Health Section of Polar Programs

Statement from Dr. Kelly K. Falkner regarding the appointment of Ms. Susanne LaFratta as Section Head for Polar Environment, Safety and Health.

Featured Article
Researchers are investigating whether Weddell seals employ a magnetic sense to navigate

Antarctic Seals May Use Earth's Magnetic Field to Navigate While Hunting:
Can the Antarctic Weddell Seal's uncanny ability to locate breathing holes in sea ice indicate some sort of biological GPS? A group of researchers is attempting to find out.

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