The Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Heading Towards Irreversible Collapse

Computer models suggest that the melting West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is melting at a rapidly accelerating rate. A new computer simulation shows that at current melting rates, the ice sheet will hit a critical point in about 60 years, and could result in a sea level rise of as much as 10 feet over the next several… »11/02/15 5:30pm11/02/15 5:30pm


Scientists at the End of the World Enjoy a Stunning Aurora Australis

At a lonely research station at the end of the world, a group of hardy men and women have spent the last four months in total darkness. The temperature outside hovers around -90ºF (-67.8ºC). But the team received a well-earned bonus recently, when a gorgeous aurora australis rippled across the southern sky. »8/23/15 11:00am8/23/15 11:00am

Antarctica May Hold the Key to Regulating Mining in Space

Our current era may go down in history as the century of space exploration and off-Earth resource exploitation. But there are still considerable policy hurdles to overcome in terms of how we regulate such activities. As we turn our eyes to the skies, we should also look south to Antarctica to gain some insight into… »8/10/15 10:00am8/10/15 10:00am

A Strange Whale Sound Recorded in Antarctica Could Be From a New Species

Whales are elusive creatures who roam the vast, open ocean. Because sightings of many species are so rare, we have to track these giant mammals by eavesdropping on their songs. And marine scientists recently picked a baffling new signal, which could be from a new species of beaked whale. »4/16/15 2:30am4/16/15 2:30am

Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below

File this under, "Welp, this is worse than we thought." A study published in Nature Geoscience finds that warm seawater is likely getting under an East Antarctica glacier and melting it from below. If the glacier's ice shelf melts, runway melting could cause another 11 feet of sea-level rise—that's on top of… »3/17/15 8:36pm3/17/15 8:36pm