Antarctica

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The 1912 death of Scott of the Antarctic and four companions has long been blamed on poor planning by Scott, but documents discovered by UNSW researcher Crhis Turney reveal a different story.

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A discovery that microbes in Antarctica can scavenge hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air to stay alive in such extreme conditions has implications for the search for life on other planets.

 

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The Antarctic Treaty was signed 58 years ago today, protecting the continent for peace and science.

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On February 11, 1913, the world woke to the headline “Death of Captain Scott. Lost with four comrades. The Pole reached. Disaster on the return”. A keenly anticipated, privately funded scientific venture “off the map” had turned to tragedy, writes Chris Turney.

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The 1912 death of Scott of the Antarctic and four companions has long been blamed on poor planning by Scott, but documents discovered by a UNSW researcher reveal a different story – and a possible cover up.

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New research has prompted warnings that melting Antarctic ice can trigger effects on the other side of the globe. 

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UNSW Sydney scientists studying microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica have discovered a new way that the tiny organisms can share DNA that could help them grow and survive.

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The high rate of ice melt along the West Antarctic Peninsula is being driven by strengthening winds on the opposite side of the continent, up to 6000km away, new research suggests.

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UNSW's Matthew England has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize in recognition of his outstanding research, leadership and advocacy for Antarctic science.

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Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three metre rise in global sea levels, new research shows.

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