An Antarctic octopus is giving new meaning to the phrase "blue blood," as a new study finds that the creature boasts unique blue pigments in its blood that allow it to survive ice-cold water, making it more resilient to climate change than other species.
March is upon us, and that means that scientists at the French-Italian Concordia research station in Antarctica are in the midst of prepping for a harsh winter - one that lasts half a year, with little to no contact with the rest of the world. What's worse, four of those six months will be spent without sunlight. Ah, the things some people will do for science.
Emperor penguins managed to survive the last Ice Age, a new genetic study says, and now scientists are taking a closer look as to how these animals prevailed during a period of extreme climate change.
Traveling to Antarctica is no easy feat, but for the hearty and brave the White Continent is a common enough stomping ground to boast its own unique brand of tourism. Now new research has revealed a consequence of this activity that few have considered: exposure to humans is raising the risk of infectious disease among penguins.
Researchers have sequenced the genome of two penguin species for the first time, shedding light on how these birds have dealt with their cold and hostile Antarctic environment in the past, as well as how they might adapt to climate change in the future.
To add to the wealth of research on climate change and how increasing temperatures are causing Antarctic (as well as Arctic) sea ice to melt, a new study has found that Antarctica's shallow seas are now warming up as heat from the deep rises.
Climate change is gradually increasing global temperatures every day, so it may not come as a surprise that in our warming world West Antarctic ice melt has tripled over the last decade, new research says.
Antarctic ice is thicker than scientists previously thought, according to a new kind of robotic survey of the underside of sea ice floes.
A "Fountain of Youth" has seemingly been found in certain Antarctic mountains, evidenced by its ageless saw-toothed and towering crags, according to a new study.
The Southern Ocean off Antarctica is one of the most remote and difficult-to-access portions of the world, making tracking the extent and causes of the White Continent's melt difficult to both understand and measure. Now researchers have used a team of submersible robots to physically follow how warm water is making its way to the Antarctic ice sheets, causing them to melt.
Discovered frozen in ice, a photographer's century-old notebook detailed Captain Robert Falcon Scott's doomed expedition to Antarctica, officials at the Antarctic Heritage Trust in New Zealand announced last week.
Australia's plan for creating a vast marine reserve off Antarctica has gained less ground, but the country said Monday it's still hopeful in the sanctuary's success.
Sea ice extent surrounding Antarctica has smashed the previous record, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since satellite tracking started in 1979, according to NASA.
Here's something a little stunning. A veteran European Space Agency (ESA) satellite that measures the intensity of the Earth's gravity has found that ice loss in West Antarctica has actually led to subtle dips in local gravity.
Researchers have determined that the "antifreeze" proteins that are naturally produced in the bodies of many Antarctic fish also suffer from an unexpected side effect. According to a new study, these same anti-freezing properties make it harder for these fish to thaw in warm water.