Cool science

  • A swarm of Antarctic krill under sea ice.

    Starvation drives krill population cycles

    13 June 2017

    Competition for food in the sea ice zone in autumn drives large variations in the Antarctic krill population.

  • The ANSTO radon detector inside the clean air laboratory.

    Radioactive gas leaks atmospheric secrets

    29 May 2017

    Radioactive radon gas is helping scientists understand the mixing and movement of air in the earth’s atmosphere and the fate of airborne pollutants and greenhouse gases.

  • Dr Sue Cook (right) and two helpers install the GPS and solar panels on the Sørsdal Glacier in 2015–16.

    Sørsdal Glacier dynamics

    21 November 2016

    Follow scientists working to understand what drives ice shelf thinning, in a new weekly blog from the field – the Sørsdal Glacier – starting today.

  • Jan Strugnell at Carlini base with the ship James Clark Ross in the background.

    Wikibomb celebrates women in Antarctic science

    18 August 2016

    Women in Antarctic research are being celebrated at this year’s meeting of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research through a ‘Wikibomb’ event.

  • Susie Calderan deploys a sonobuoy off the deck of the New Zealand ship Tangaroa.

    World Oceans Day

    8 June 2016

    On this year’s World Oceans Day, people all over our blue planet are celebrating with the theme Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.

  • Three blue whales breaching in the Southern Ocean.

    World Environment Day

    5 June 2016

    Today’s World Environment Day ‘Go wild for wildlife’ theme encourages us to celebrate plant and animal species under threat.

  • Three blue whales breaching in the Southern Ocean.

    DNA reveals three populations of Antarctic blue whales

    15 April 2016

    Genetic analysis of Antarctic blue whales has identified three distinct populations of the critically endangered deep sea giants.

  • Cloud formations above Macquarie Island.

    Eyes on the sky above Macquarie Island

    29 March 2016

    An array of atmospheric instruments will be deployed on Macquarie Island in April to help scientists better understand Southern Ocean clouds and how they can be used to improve weather forecasting and climate models.

  • Dr Bruce Deagle in his laboratory.

    Barcoding plankton

    15 February 2016

    Genetic technologies pioneered by the Human Genome Project are opening up new realms of discovery for scientists studying microscopic Antarctic marine plants and animals.

  • A southern elephant seal weaner on Macquarie island

    Elephant seal weaners bring the cute factor to Macquarie Island

    23 December 2015

    Young elephant seals on Macquarie Island have been providing expeditioners with a large dose of cute, and sometimes a great deal of inconvenience, as they go about their daily routine.