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In Images: Drones Take Flight in Antarctica and the Arctic
Arctic drone research in Arctic
January 29th, 2016
Aerial drones are seemingly everywhere these days. Even in the most remote places on Earth, scientists are testing the limits of what these robotic devices can do.
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Antarctic Explorer Shackleton Hindered by Heart Defect, Docs Say
Legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton and his men boarding the boat that would take them to South Georgia.
January 20th, 2016
Famous antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton may have had a hole in his heart.
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Antarctica Is Gaining Ice, So Why Is the Earth Still Warming?
A view of glaciers and mountains covering West Antarctica, as captured from above on Oct. 29, 2014.
November 19th, 2015
Recent NASA research shows that Antarctica seems to be gaining ice, but this finding has been met with skepticism. The research also doesn't support the assumption that climate change is ending; the story is more complicated than that.
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Drone's-Eye View: Flying Vehicles Could Monitor Ice in Remote Regions
January 29th, 2016
Drones face a new set of challenges as scientists deploy the remote flying vehicles to create maps of sea ice in some of the most remote locations on Earth.
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Enormous Canyon May Be Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice
The enormous canyon was detected beneath the East Antarctica. Shown here, Wilkes Land, part of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, flowing into the ocean.
January 14th, 2016
A large lake and a gaping rift about as deep as the Grand Canyon but way longer may be lurking undetected beneath East Antarctica.
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Ozone Hole Over Antarctica Nears Record-Breaking Size Again
Antarctic Ozone Hole
November 11th, 2015
An ozone hole larger than the North American continent was observed over Antarctica by researchers at the German Aerospace Center. It's the first time the ozone hole has been this large since 2006.
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Cold Comfort: Why People in Antarctica Are Such Boozehounds
antarctica south pole
October 13th, 2015
People in Antarctica may drink more because of the cold, cooped-up conditions; a hypermasculine environment; boredom; and isolation.
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Explorer's Death Highlights Dangers of Antarctica
The Ross Ice Shelf, at the Bay of Whales, is the southern-most navigable point on Earth.
January 26th, 2016
Despite the advent of new communications and support technology, going it alone in Antarctica is still an incredibly dangerous risk, one expert says.
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Amid Controversy, Japanese Whaling Ships Return to Antarctic Ocean
December 1st, 2015
Japan resumes whale hunts that have come under increasing scrutiny and censure from the international community for their questionable scientific merit.
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Mystery of Antarctica's Strange Disappearing Snow Is Solved
East Antarctica
October 15th, 2015
Researchers studying areas of eastern Antarctica where snow is often stripped off the surface by wind, recently found that powerful gusts are actually vaporizing massive amounts of snow, rather than blowing and redistributing it elsewhere.
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