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'Boaty McBoatface' Tops Poll to Name Polar Research Vessel
March 21st, 2016
The Natural Environment Research Council is holding an online poll to name a new polar research vessel. The people have spoken — and the name they want is "Boaty McBoatface."
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Let's All Chill: Antarctica's Adélie Penguins Are Probably Fine
Adélie penguins like this one feed mainly on krill.
February 16th, 2016
There may be other explanations for 150,000 missing Adélie penguins presumed dead in Antarctica.
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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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How Much Ice Can Antarctica Afford to Lose?
Antarctic ice shelf
March 1st, 2016
A new paper finds large areas of Antarctic ice could lose their landlocked roots if as little as 5 to 13 percent of the shelves were to disappear.
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In Photos: Adélie Penguins of East Antarctica
Adélie penguins come to the edge of sea ice to feed on krill and fish.
February 16th, 2016
A colony of Adélie penguins, some 150,000 individuals, on Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay, in East Antarctica, went missing after a Rhode Island-sized iceberg called B09B crashed into the bay's Mertz Glacier. Here's a look at the penguins.
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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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30-Year Deep Freeze Just Puts Tardigrade in the Mood
February 19th, 2016
Two tardigrades and one egg that spent the past three decades cooling their jets in a researchers' freezer were recently resuscitated.
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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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