Cool science

  • 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.

  • Map of Antarctica with marine protected areas marked out in lines

    World Environment Day 2013

    5 June 2013

    On World Environment Day we focus on a Marine Protected Area proposal that could see the protection of unique and significant marine ecosystems off the coast of East Antarctica.

  • A view of Macquarie Island station from North Head

    All creatures (and people) great and small

    27 May 2013

    Dr Meg McKeown has had a remarkable journey to her current position as Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine registrar working with the Australian Antarctic Division.

  • A common seastar, Diplasterias brucei, amongst a complex mix of epifaunal species including sponges and polychaete fan worms near Davis station.

    Marine biodiversity: More than meets the eye

    22 May 2013

    New research combining traditional taxonomy with DNA technology has found that Antarctic marine communities are more biologically diverse than previously thought.

  • A Patagonian toothfish being measured on an electronic measuring board.

    Patagonian toothfish now a ‘best choice’ for consumers

    12 April 2013

    Patagonian toothfish caught by Australian fishers has been labeled ‘best choice’ by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.