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Antarctic microbe produces potential cancer-fighting drug

Antarctic microbe produces potential cancer-fighting drug

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Monday April 18, 2022

Researchers map the genetic machinery behind a natural anti-cancer compound from Antarctica for the first time


Ocean giants' appetites are larger than we thought

Ocean giants' appetites are larger than we thought

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Thursday April 14, 2022

Blue whales eat seven Space Shuttles worth of food every year, new research finds


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Apr
06
2022

Tug of War builds camaraderie between Americans and New Zealanders

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A friendly competition brings Antarcticans from neighboring bases closer together for fun and games at the Governor General's Cup.


Apr
04
2022

Forever chemicals lingering in Antarctic marine mammals

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New research finds Antarctic seals and killer whales still have persistent organic pollutants stored in their blubber, despite many countries having phased out production of these toxic chemicals, some as long as 50 years ago.


Mar
24
2022

Antarctic fossils shed new light on the lives of ancient amphibians

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Fossils of extinct amphibians found in Antarctica are helping paleontologists reconstruct how these ancient creatures once roamed the planet and understand how life evolved in the wake of Earth's largest mass extinction.


Mar
15
2022

Where are IceCube's neutrinos coming from?

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Thanks to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, scientists have identified several types of cosmic structures that produce neutrinos.


Mar
10
2022

Six stunning photos from the Antarctic solar eclipse

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A total solar eclipse passed over Antarctica on December 4, 2021, a rare and exciting celestial event for the southernmost continent.


Feb
28
2022

Looking back at McMurdo's history

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The 'McMurdo Museum' shows residents what life on station was like in years past


Oct
04
2021

Antarctic ice shivers from distant earthquakes

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Antarctica is the most remote continent on Earth, but new research shows it is still connected to what happens in the rest of the world. A new study finds large earthquakes can cause ice on the slopes of Antarctica's Mt. Erebus to quiver and vibrate, even when the quake happens thousands of miles away.


Sep
20
2021

Scoping Out The Seal Mating Scene

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Biologists have been observing how male Weddell seals secure prime locations when courting females to learn more about the southernmost mammal's mysterious breeding behavior.


Sep
07
2021

Meet The Penguin Misfits

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Looks are important for Adelie penguins, but they may not be as critical for breeding as biologists previously thought.


Aug
23
2021

Coldest, Driest, Saltiest Antarctic Soils Might Be Inhospitable To Life

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Some Antarctic soils might be the only environments on Earth microbes can't colonize, a finding that goes against scientists' expectations of our planet's habitability.


Aug
09
2021

Warm Ocean Water Is Eroding Thwaites Ice Shelf From Below

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Scientists got their first glimpse at the ocean conditions surrounding the Thwaites Ice Shelf in 2019, and recently published results are worrisome for the rapidly melting ice shelf and the glacier behind it.


Jun
15
2021

Salt levels in ice cores tell stories of ocean conditions past

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Salt levels in an ice core drilled at the South Pole are telling scientists what Antarctic sea ice conditions were like in the past. This information is crucial to understanding how the continent will fare in a changing climate.


May
27
2021

On the Wings of Petrels

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While penguins may be viewed as the iconic Antarctic bird, there are many other species that call the continent and Southern Ocean home. As part of NSF's Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project, a group of scientists are looking at the bird species along the Western Antarctica Peninsula.


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