This Little Red Plane Carries A Full Load Of Science

This tiny plane flying over ice sheets as part of NASA's Operation IceBridge mission in Alaska. With little to interrupt the seemingly-endless sheets of white, this cheery red plane flies in summer and fall to monitor glaciers and sea ice while measuring clouds and greenhouse gas concentrations. » 1/15/15 11:19am 1/15/15 11:19am

The Real Story Behind Canada's Sudden Interest In Arctic Archaeology

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper was absolutely gushing yesterday when he announced the discovery of one of the lost ships from the doomed Franklin expedition. But this anti-science government doesn't actually care for archaeology. Rather, it plans to use the find as a way to make a territorial claim on the… » 9/10/14 9:30am 9/10/14 9:30am

Melt Ponds on Ice Sheets Are Chillingly Beautiful

When endless summer days reach the Arctic, the massive expanses of rarely-interrupted blinding white is cut by lakes and rivers of meltwater. The deep blue set against white is a unique, surreal beauty, creating an alien landscape that is smooth, crisp, and cool in its simplicity. » 8/05/14 7:49pm 8/05/14 7:49pm

Swim, Eat, Mate: Life Through the Eyes of a Polar Bear

Last April, US Geological Survey researchers collared four female polar bears north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Those collars were outfitted with small video cameras, and the USGS has just released the first videos they collected. They show a female eating, swimming, and socializing with a potential mate. » 6/06/14 3:56pm 6/06/14 3:56pm

Borealis: The Best Political Science Fiction Movie You've Never Heard Of

A politically-savvy, action-packed movie/TV pilot, called Borealis, appeared and then disappeared without a trace last week. It's one of the great tragedies of TV series that don't get pickup — you catch a glimpse of the awesomeness that could have been, and then you are left pining for more. Produced in Canada, it's… » 1/17/13 10:40am 1/17/13 10:40am

Global warming could awaken the Arctic's ancient forests

We're rolling back millions of years of change in the Arctic, and soon enough the area will be able to support the same kind of life found in the region over 2.5 million years ago. That's the message from today's presentation by Alexandre Guertin-Pasquier of the University of Montreal's Department of Geography, at… » 9/21/12 2:00pm 9/21/12 2:00pm