Cool science

  • 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.

  • Dr Helena Baird in a boat with Antarctic icebergs behind.

    Antarctic scientist to share research, culture and art with Nobel laureates in Japan

    18 December 2012

    A young Antarctic scientist will share her research on ‘giant’ crustaceans and other Antarctic sea floor creatures with Nobel laureates in Japan.

  • An iceberg in Antarctica.

    New PhD program gains momentum

    21 November 2012

    A new PhD program in Quantitative Antarctic Science has begun.

  • An Antarctic krill adult

    Rhythm of Antarctic Life

    10 July 2012

    Clock genes’ that regulate the daily and seasonal internal rhythms of krill are the target of new research by Antarctic scientists seeking a better understanding of what makes these important crustaceans tick.