Cool science

  • Ice calving from an ice cliff face in Antarctica.

    World Environment Day 2014

    5 June 2014

    Antarctica and its wildlife are as vulnerable to climate change as the 'small islands' that are the focus of this year's World Environment Day.

  • Dinophysis ovum; one of 82 species of dinoflagellates described in the key. Dinoflagellates have two whip-like ‘flagella’ which allow them to move in a whirling motion. The cells are large enough that they can be identified by light microscopy, but scanning electron microscopy may be needed to resolve some features.

    Keys to a hidden marine world

    3 June 2014

    An online tool, capturing the intricate structures of hundreds of microscopic Antarctic marine plants and animals, is helping scientists identify these important organisms.

  • A Patagonian toothfish on an electronic measuring board

    Toothfish research spawns new understanding

    11 December 2013

    Antarctic scientists are learning more about the reproductive activities of the subantarctic deep sea ‘monster’, the Patagonian toothfish.

  • Three of the minicosms used in the marine microbial experiment, housed in a shipping container at Davis

    Changes forecast for marine microbial communities

    9 December 2013

    Carbon dioxide concentrations predicted in seawater by the end of this century may dramatically change the composition of marine microbial communities, with consequences for iconic Antarctic wildlife and climate.

  • Microscopic image of the third stage of the krill Calyptopis 1 phase

    Focusing on krill development

    19 November 2013

    View the first photographic record of the life stages of Antarctic krill, from newly fertilised egg to juvenile.

  • A boulder underneath the sea ice covered in and surrounded by invertebrates such as sponges and sea fans

    Polar ecosystems vulnerable to increased sunlight

    5 November 2013

    Small changes in the timing of polar sea ice retreat that allow more sunlight to reach sea floor communities, could fundamentally change sea floor biodiversity and ecosystem function.

  • Antarctic iceberg

    Latest climate change report

    30 September 2013

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report was released on Friday.

  • Scientists holding ice core

    Icy tweets for National Science Week

    5 August 2013

    Antarctic scientists are taking to Twitter as part of National Science Week.

  • A pod of minkes, including one recently tagged with a green acoustic tag, in their feeding grounds in the Gerlache Strait off the Antarctic Peninsula

    World Oceans' Day 2013

    8 June 2013

    Australian Antarctic Division scientists spend a lot of time studying the physical properties of the Southern Ocean, as well as the animals that contribute to its ecosystems.

  • A moon rise in Antarctica.

    Moon bounce in Antarctica

    6 June 2013

    Amateur radio operator Craig Hayhow has used the moon to bounce a radio signal 742 000 km, from Mawson station in Antarctica to Cornwall in England.