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The world’s clearest view of stars is seen from the highest point of the Antarctic ice sheet

Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Why do the stars twinkle? It is because of the turbulence in the atmosphere. You may hear turbulence from the airplane broadcast when the airplane is shaking. The turbulence shakes not only airplanes, but also the light from the stars, by altering... click to read more

  • Bin Ma | Associate Professor at School of Physics and Astronomy, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai, China
Views 834
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 21, 2022
Ships with hitchhiking critters connect Antarctica to the rest of the world

Antarctica may seem like it is cut off from the rest of the world but in our modern, globalized world Antarctica is connected to all of us, everywhere, via ships. For millions of years Antarctica was unreachable for most marine animals and seaweeds who are... click to read more

  • Arlie McCarthy | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB), Oldenburg, Germany; Downing College, University of Cambrige, Regent Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Views 871
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 8, 2022
Message in a frozen bubble: Antarctic ice reveals abrupt rises in atmospheric CO2 in the ancient past

Today's atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are higher than ever during at least the last 800'000 years. More importantly, the atmospheric levels of this greenhouse gas continue rising at a speed that is unparalleled in our planet's recent geological history. Intensifying extreme weather events and... click to read more

  • Christoph Nehrbass-Ahles | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Views 1957
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Jun 9, 2021
‘Rivers in the sky’ carrying warm air destroy precious Antarctic sea ice

Looking at satellite images or Google Earth, you often find continent-long elongated clouds covering our planet, which may look like "rivers" running through the sky. These rivers are narrow belts of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere. Atmospheric rivers extend from the tropics (where water tends... click to read more

  • Diana Francis | Senior Scientist at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Views 2560
Reading time 3 min
published on May 6, 2021
The secrets hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

The Antarctic ice sheet has been losing ice at an increasing rate. It remains unclear whether this mass loss will further accelerate over the coming decades. The continent of Antarctica is vast, bigger than the US and Mexico combined, and because it is so cold... click to read more

  • Mathieu Morlighem | Associate Professor at Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, USA
Views 4019
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 17, 2020