Cool science

  • 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.

  • 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.