| Apr 21, 2014
| 4:58 PM
Scientists say they have developed a means of accurately dating Earth's oldest and densest polar ice by analyzing the composition of krypton gas trapped within ancient air bubbles.
In a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, researchers used the...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The mysterious "bio-duck" sounds in the ocean that have baffled seafarers for decades are actually calls from unseen populations of minke whales, scientists say. The discovery detailed in the journal Biology Letters will allow researchers to better...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 6:07 AM
As part of our 250th celebration, I'll be posting selected historical cartoons from The Courant's files every Thursday. Today's is a cartoon by John Cassel of the New York Evening World. Henry McNulty, who is our informal historic authority on all...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Brother Guy Consolmagno -- a staff astronomer and the curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory -- travels about 100,000 miles each year, splitting his time between Tucson, Ariz., and Rome. The planetary scientist also gives 40 to 50 talks annually...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 4:21 PM
If you’re in stop-and-go traffic in Los Angeles, you’re probably pretty unhappy about it. If you’re a male penguin balancing an egg on your feet in the freezing Antarctic, that traffic jam is probably keeping you alive.
| Dec 10, 2013
| 9:38 AM
The lowest temperature recorded on Earth may have been logged in Antarctica on Aug. 10, 2010: a reading of 135.8 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (or minus 93.2 degrees Celsius).
That unfathomably frigid temperature reading, taken via NASA satellite, was...
| Mar 14, 2014
Much as we like to think our legacy will be the sum of our great works of art and science, humans might go down in geologic history as the force behind a tiny, extraordinary line of dirt. Even a casual observer of the fossil record looking back 100...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 3:58 PM
If an ice age is coming and you are a lichen in Antarctica, you better hope you live near a volcano.
A new study suggests organisms native to the South Pole survived ice ages by huddling in pockets of warmth created by the heat of underground volcanoes....
| Jan 10, 2014
| 2:43 PM
A man and woman who met in Antarctica were married Friday at SeaWorld Orlando's version of Antarctica. Susanne Grieve and Jeff Rawson went to the icy continent in 2012 on work assignments. Their trip to Orlando was all about wedded bliss as they were...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 8:36 AM
SeaWorld Orlando is kicking off its Just for Kids program, which will run Saturdays through April 12. The event has a range of family-oriented activities, from dance parties to educational activities.
New this year is the Rockin' Rockhopper Party in the...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 4:14 PM
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Coast Guard was dispatching a special ice-breaking cutter to help free two ships lodged in the Antarctic, officials announced Saturday.
The Polar Star, the Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar ice breaker, was being sent...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
If you want to see some of the world's most exotic locales, a cruise may be the best (and sometimes the only) way to get there. To make it to Antarctica, for example, travelers often depart by ship from the tip of South...