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Scientists Revive Moss That Was Encased in Ice for 1,500 Years

Cryonics enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that scientists have demonstrated the ability to revive frozen life not just after a couple years or even a couple of decades. They can bring something back to life that's been frozen for fifteen centuries. The previous record was just 20 years. Read More >>

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China's New Research Station and the International "Rush" to Claim Antarctica

In 2048, a very important international event will occur: The Antarctic Treaty, which stops countries from mining the continent's abundant resources, will come up for review. China, the US, the UK, and other countries intend to be ready. Read More >>

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This Graceful Drone Flight Reveals the Gnarled Reality of Antarctica

Antarctica looks amazing from space—but this video shows that its gnarled canyons and caves look equally impressive close-up, too. Read More >>

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Shovelling Snow is Way, Way Harder in Antarctica

If you think shifting of a couple of inches of snow from your front path once or twice a year is hard, you'll quit your whining after you see this video of teams clearing winter snow at the Princess Elisabeth research station in Antarctica. Read More >>

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Antarctic Ice is Hiding a Super-Trench Way Deeper Than the Grand Canyon

The ice sheet that covers Antarctica is ancient, hiding a whole landscape of mountains and valleys that once teemed with life (more than 80 million years ago, that is). Using radar and satellite footage, scientists are studying this hidden world—and they just found a two mile deep canyon down there. Read More >>

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Glowing "Meteor Smoke" Clouds Appear Over Antarctica

NASA reports that rare, electric blue noctilucent clouds have reappeared over the South Pole, where the clouds are often spotted for five to ten days every year. NASA calls the clouds "a great geophysical light bulb" that are visible during the darkest nights. Read More >>

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Dedicated Pedestrians Reach South Pole in One Piece

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole—on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, he was with Giz US in New York City walking us through the expedition's high tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New Year. Just in time, they've reached the southernmost point on our planet. Read More >>

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This Tricycle is Headed Across the South Pole

Right now three people are competing in a bike race from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole. The winner will be the first person to bike there ever. And 35-year-old Maria Leijerstam is attempting to trike there on a really weird/badass-looking tricycle. Read More >>

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Rock Piles, Graves, and Ice Caves are Historic Monuments in Antarctica

On these frigid days, it helps to think about a place like Antarctica, which was recently determined to be without a doubt the coldest place on Earth (as if anyone was really surprised?). But it's also home to unique historic monuments befitting the treacherous environment that include 100-year-old huts, industrial tractors, and even one nuclear power plant—but, often, they're literally just a pile of rocks. Read More >>

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Resupplying The Concordia Base Through the Art of Polar Logistics

This is what trainspotting looks like in the largest, coldest desert in the world, where temperatures reach –80°C and the nearest human beings are over nearly 400 miles away. Read More >>

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Antarctica Looks Like a Mystical Land Shrouded in Lenticular Cloud

This might look like result of some pro-level CGI, or perhaps even a glimpse into your imagination, but in fact it's a photograph taken in Antarctica just this last week. Read More >>

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Walking to the South Pole (and Returning Alive)

Endurance athlete, polar explorer, and motivational speaker Ben Saunders is on his way to Antarctica. Recreating Robert Scott's heroic but ultimately doomed "Terra Nova" expedition from 1910-1912, Saunders has launched his own Scott Expedition to reach the South Pole on foot—and, more importantly, to walk back to the coast alive. If successful, this will make him and his co-traveler, Tarka L'Herpiniere, the first human beings ever to have done so. Read More >>

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What It's Like to Spend a Year in the Beautiful Wastes of Antarctica

Antarctica is an isolated, frigid desert of ice and snow. It's practically another planet. And it can be staggeringly beautiful. Ian Hey did something most of us would never dream of and spent a year there. This is what it was like. Read More >>

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The First Antarctic Sunrise After Months of Night is Breathtaking

The sun just rose in Antarctica. And that's kind of a big deal after a whopping three months of night. It's beautiful, sure, but it must also be a huge relief. Read More >>

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A Rare Glimpse Inside the Research Stations at the End of the World

What does it take to build a habitable structure at the bottom of the world? Quite a bit of technology, for starters. The climate of the extreme south and north poles is unlike any other. Unstable ice, immense snowfall and incredibly low temperatures can—literally, in at least one case—chew up and spit out entire buildings. Not these, though. Read More >>

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Battery-Powered Yeti Guides Antarctic Explorers Past Concealed Crevasses

Moving people and supplies across the Great White South is treacherous, difficult, and expensive with logistical costs constituting as much as 90 per cent of an expedition's budget — about £100,000 a trip on average. And that's assuming the convoy isn't swallowed by an ice crevasse en route. But a new radar-equipped rover could help the National Science Foundation save lives and millions of pounds a year. Read More >>

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