Cool science

  • Antarctic octopuses harbour venomous surprise

    27 July 2010

    Antarctic octopuses harbour venomous surprise

  • Dr Claudia Arango with a giant sea spider from Antarctica.

    Sea spiders provide insights into Antarctic evolution

    22 July 2010

    Sea spider expert, Dr Claudia Arango, visited the Australian Antarctic Division this week to study a large collection of these long-legged marine invertebrates.

  • Pack ice (foreground) is free-floating on the ocean surface, while fast ice (flat, unbroken ice behind the pack ice) is attached to the continent or icebergs.

    Measuring fast ice in Antarctica

    13 July 2010

    13 July 2010 The ability to detect changes in Antarctic 'fast ice' (stationary sea ice attached to the continent or grounded icebergs) could provide scientists with a useful indicator of climate change in Antarctica and insights into what drives the …

  • Front cover of Research to Reality publication.

    Antarctic and marine research in focus

    2 July 2010

    What can the chemicals in seals' whiskers tell us about their diet? Find out about this and other research being conducted through the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.

  • Screen shot showing data from Data Navigator overlaid on part of a map of the world which include Antarctica.

    Accessing data with Data Navigator

    28 June 2010

    Now there's a new tool to download, discover and map data held by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre.

  • Average winter rainfall for southwest Western Australia (top) and snowfall (as equivalent water) at Law Dome over the period of meteorological observation.

    Dr Tas van Ommen on ABC Television

    17 June 2010

    17 June 2010 Average winter rainfall for southwest Western Australia (top) and snowfall (as equivalent water) at Law Dome over the period of meteorological observation. Photo: Tas van Ommen/Mat Oakes Drought has gripped south-west Western Australia for decades, and while …

  • A giant sea spider or 'pycnogonid' measuring 30 cm across

    Antarctic marine census in the spotlight

    9 June 2010

    As the Census of Antarctic Marine Life draws to a close, Project Manager Victoria Wadley reflects on the achievements of the program in the latest issue of International Innovation.

  • The tide gauge installed at Cape Denison in 1912 and operated by Captain Robert Bage

    Rising tide of interest in sea level rise

    3 June 2010

    Tide gauges installed at Antarctica and Macquarie Island nearly 100 years ago are helping modern-day scientists study sea level rise due to climate change.

  • Humpback whale fluke

    Whale tails tell tales

    14 May 2010

    Marine scientists from around the world are being encouraged to match photos of whale tails collected on the recent Antarctic Whale Expedition.

  • Map showing the oceanic sector in which the 2006 BROKE-West survey was conducted - known as CCAMLR Division 58.4.2.

    Breaking new ground in marine science

    13 May 2010

    One of the most comprehensive ecosystem surveys conducted in the Southern Ocean is the focus of the latest issue of Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.