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South Pole Medical Evacuation Mission Concludes Safely (Updated June 23, 2016)
News  /  Thursday June 23, 2016
Two people stationed at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station have arrived safely in Punta Arenas, Chile, for medical treatment. The arrival completes a nine-day, global evacuation operation that...

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Research Shows Antarctic Lakes Are a Repository For Ancient Soot
News  /  Friday June 10, 2016
Remote lakes in a perpetually ice-free area of Antarctica show not only the chemical signature of ancient wildfires, but also some much more recent evidence of fossil-fuel combustion, according to National Science...

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Early Career Researchers Publish New Insights Into Antarctic Subglacial Lakes
News  /  Thursday April 28, 2016
Three recent publications by early career researchers at three different institutions across the country provide the first look into the biogeochemistry, geophysics and geology of Subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters...

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A New Runway for McMurdo Station is Named
News  /  Thursday April 7, 2016
A soon-to-be completed runway at McMurdo Station, which will allow the continuous operation of wheeled aircraft to bring in passengers and cargo to support the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic program, will...

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Changing Ocean Chemistry May Threaten Antarctic Food Chain
News  /  Wednesday March 30, 2016
National Science Foundation-funded researchers have collected the first long-term evidence that links changes in Antarctic ocean chemistry to the inability of tiny pteropods to build the protective shells they need to survive....

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NSF Awards $35 Million to University of Wisconsin-Madison for Continued Operation of IceCube Neutrino Observatory
News  /  Wednesday March 30, 2016
The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced that it has renewed a cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) to operate the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a massive particle detector buried deep...

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New United States Antarctic Program (USAP) Deployment Requirement: MMR Vaccine Now Mandatory May 27, 2016

New United States Antarctic Program (USAP) Deployment Requirement: MMR Vaccine Now Mandatory

The National Science Foundation is introducing a new requirement that all personnel deploying to Antarctic stations and aboard research vessels must be vaccinated for the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR).

Message from Polar Senior Leadership the passing of Thomas N. Taylor May 5, 2016

Message from Polar Senior Leadership the passing of Thomas N. Taylor

Thomas N. Taylor, the curator of paleobotany at the University of Kansas' Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum and a prominent U.S. Antarctic Program paloebotanist, passed away last week.

National Safety Stand Down, May 2-6, 2016
Brian W. Stone to Serve as NSF Director's First Chief of Staff
Dr. Scott Borg Honored With Presidential Award External U.S. government site


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A site map of the proposed new McMurdo Station taken from the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel Report

Take a look at the National Science Foundations's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.

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International Jazz Day is celebrated at South Pole Station

Video: International Jazz Day is Celebrated at South Pole Station

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