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For the International Polar Year, we gave polar scientists cameras and blogging tools and asked them to document their field work. Follow along on their adventures and see what it's like to be a research scientist in the Arctic or Antarctica. {Read More»}
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Greenhouse Gases »
Carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless gas that makes up .04 percent of the earth’s atmosphere. It’s released by the breakdown of organic materials, by animals when they respire, and by the burning of fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide isn't toxic—after all, we exhale it with every breath and use it to make our drinks fizzy. However, as a greenhouse gas, it’s a significant contributor to global warming. {Read More»}

First Descents: Exploring Seas Under the Ice »
All Antarctic marine scientists struggle with one common challenge: how to get through the frozen surface of the ocean. To overcome the ice barrier, a team of engineers from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories is designing and building SCINI, the Submersible Capable of under Ice Navigation and Imaging. {Read More»}

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