Antarctic ozone hole healing up

Amid a deluge of frankly disturbing and depressing climate-related news, it’s a welcome relief to be able to report a environment-related success story, but that’s what we have for you here, with scientists saying in the last few days that the hole in the ozone layer is getting smaller. According to the journal Science, the … Continued

10 awe-inspiring natural wonders to visit via Google Maps  

Nothing beats experiencing nature first hand. Whether you’re standing in the shadows of a vast geological monument, witnessing wild animals up close or soaking up the ambience of some remote untouched wilderness, no one’s yet found a way to fully replicate our planet’s most amazing spectacles through technology. That said, not everyone has the budget … Continued

Iceberg apocalypse for Adélie penguins

News reports emerged this week suggesting that as many as 140,000 Adélie penguins may have died on Cape Denison in Antarctica, after an iceberg the size of Rome slammed into the coast and blocked their access to the sea. According to the journal Antarctic Science, the snappily named B09B iceberg, which measures 1,120 sq miles … Continued

Researchers revive Antarctic moss piglets frozen after a three-decade long nap, and they’re really, really cute

Cryobiology, the study of biological materials that undergo moderate hypothermia to deep-freeze conditions, has long been considered a potential route to human immortality, but some microorganisms are already masters of the trick. In the spring of 2014 scientists with Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research decided to test the limits of frozen-life, resuscitating three microscopic … Continued