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Clean-up Day at the South Pole

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 12:05 pm (UTC-4)
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You’d be surprised how much mess 50 people in a large research station can create. Here at the South Pole, where it takes six months for the sun to rise, it only takes two days for a 30 gallon (113 liter) trashcan in the bathroom to be stuffed to the brim and overflowing with used […]

The beginning of the end of night at the South Pole

Posted August 2nd, 2016 at 9:57 am (UTC-4)
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Stars and auroras fill the night sky.  They blink and swerve through the darkness, like race cars on a dark, winding, celestial freeway.  For four months, they have been my steadfast companions, joining me on my walk to and from the Atmospheric Research Observatory (ARO) each morning.  On calm, clear days, they cast green and […]

Sticking with a Daily Routine at the South Pole

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 2:35 pm (UTC-4)
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I arrived in Antarctica on a clear, sunny day in October, 2015.  The Mount Erebus volcano dominated the horizon, sending large clouds of steam and smoke high into the air.  Minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-28C) felt cold at the time, and watching my breath glide from my mouth and disappear into the landscape was hypnotizing. […]

Science Scanner: Cat Videos Can Help You, Permanent Dust Cloud Surrounds Moon

Posted June 17th, 2015 at 7:10 pm (UTC-4)
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Watching Cat Videos Can Give You a Boost You can hardly surf the Internet without stumbling across a cat video, and new research suggests those videos could actually be good for you.  Of all the categories of YouTube video content, videos of cats have had more views per video. It’s been suggested that there were […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted May 30th, 2014 at 7:21 pm (UTC-4)
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Atoms Star in Smallest Movie Ever Made

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 4:45 pm (UTC-4)
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The World’s Smallest Stop-action Movie (IBM) Bigger is often better in Hollywood, but IBM is drawing lots of attention for making the smallest movie ever. A Boy and His Atom is a stop-motion, animated movie made with thousands of precisely positioned atoms in nearly 250 motion picture frames.  The folks at Guinness World Records®  verified […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted April 19th, 2013 at 7:08 pm (UTC-4)
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NASA Wants to Speed Journey to Mars

Posted April 9th, 2013 at 5:05 pm (UTC-4)
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NASA wants to shorten the journey to Mars. It took about eight months for its Mars rover, Curiosity, to reach the red planet. And now, the US space agency is looking for ways to cut the travel time for future manned missions there. Researchers in Washington State say that might be possible through a unique […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 5:49 pm (UTC-4)
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International Apps/Games Competition Ends with Selection of Five Finalists

Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 5:16 pm (UTC-4)
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The U.N. Alliance of Civilizations recently wrapped up its inaugural international mobile apps and games competition called Create UNAOC Challenge 2012 with the selection of five finalists who were each awarded $5,000 to refine their interactive creations. Educators, businesses, public service organizations and media outlets have all discovered that creating and offering a variety of […]