Science

BBC News – Antarctic Lake Vostok yields ‘new bacterial life’

Russian scientists have announced that they have found a new type of bacteria living in a subglacial lake in Antarctica. This finding is significant as it was previously thought that life in those conditions was not possible, or improbable. This finding also helps support theories that life may exist […]

2013/03/08|

Ice melt accelerates new study shows

A new study by NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) shows that ice in both Polar Regions is melting at an accelerating rate (up to 5 times the rate of a few years ago).

The study was produced by an international collaboration — the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise […]

2012/12/01|

Antarctic marine wildlife (pteropods) is under threat

Acidification of the Antarctic Ocean is corroding the shells of some marine snails (pteropods) around Antarctica according to a study by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

“They are a major grazer of phytoplankton and… a key prey item of a number of higher predators – larger plankton, fish, seabirds, whales,” […]

2012/11/25|

Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years

NOAA, NASA: Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years
October 24, 2012

Staff at the South Pole get ready to release a balloon that will carry an ozone instrument up to 20 miles in the atmosphere, measuring ozone levels all along the way. NOAA image from 2011.
Download here. (Credit: NOAA.)

Warmer […]

2012/10/28|

Arctic probe into solar storm sat-nav disruption

Scientists in the Arctic have launched an urgent investigation into how solar storms can disrupt sat-nav.

Studies have revealed how space weather can cut the accuracy of GPS by tens of metres.
Flares from the Sun interact with the upper atmosphere and can distort the signals from global positioning satellites.
The research […]

2012/10/10|

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