Cool science

  • Short-tailed shearwater

    Data mining enhances scientific knowledge

    29 September 2010

    Scientists have used 'data mining' to build a richer picture of shearwater foraging in the Southern Ocean.

  • Crustacean: Amphipod

    Creatures from the bottom of the ocean on display for National Science Week

    19 August 2010

    As part of National Science Week the Australian Antarctic Division is featuring fascinating images of creatures from the bottom of the Southern Ocean in its public display area. Marvel at the diverse array of invertebrates collected from the Antarctic ‘benthos’ or sea floor and learn more about the scientific research undertaken by the Division.

  • A QuickBird satellite image of islands in the study area with bright areas of guano highlighted in red, green and yellow.

    Mapping penguin colonies from space

    2 August 2010

    Penguin poo, or 'guano', can provide scientists with a wealth of information, especially when viewed from space.

  • 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.

  • 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.