Cool science

  • 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.

  • Elephant seals lying on a beach at Heard Island

    Size key to seal survival

    26 October 2015

    Size does matter – at least when you’re an elephant seal pup.

  • The wave structure in these clouds over Mawson is caused by gravity waves in the Antarctic atmosphere

    Refining gravity waves in climate models

    10 August 2015

    New research aims to improve the way gravity waves are represented in climate models.

  • Expeditioner with camera tripod over shoulder walks in front of rising sun

    Shining a light on the Antarctic winter

    9 April 2015

    In this International Year of Light, what role does light play on the rhythm of life in Antarctica?

  • An octopus with eggs in a glass preserving jar

    Bottled octopus from the bottom of the ocean

    4 March 2015

    A glass preserving jar containing an octopus with a clutch of eggs was a surprise catch for scientists sampling seafloor creatures from the deep Southern Ocean earlier this week.

  • A group of temporary buildings used by the  Brazilian Antarctic Program on the site of the old station destroyed by fire in 2012, at Admiralty Bay, King George Island.

    Australia-Brazil environmental exchange

    25 February 2015

    A Brazilian Environmental Analyst will use her experiences of Australia's Antarctic program to help remediate the site of the former Brazilian Antarctic station, which was destroyed by fire in 2012.

  • An expeditioner downloads data from an Automatic Weather Station

    Adding value to research data

    4 February 2015

    The Australian Antarctic Data Centre has recently become a 'recommended repository' for the Nature journal Scientific Data.