Antarctica

Business, Finance & Economics

A powerful Washington player takes on Walgreens to protect tiny Antarctic krill

The Antarctic krill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans, are a key part of the ocean’s food chain for whales, penguins and seals. Increasingly, krill have also become part of the human food chain — krill oil, with omega-3 fatty acids, is advertised as a wonder drug that may help combat heart health, high cholesterol and even improve our moods.

Science, Tech & Environment

Was the Spirit of Mawson Antarctic expedition serious science or a reckless tourist trip?

Those on the Spirit of Mawson Antarctic expedition were relieved and jubilant when they were rescued last week after being stranded on a ship caught in Antarctic pack ice. But some polar scientists were not as jubilant. They question the trip as more a lark than a serious expedition — which diverted several icebreakers from serious scientific work.

Business, Finance & Economics

A powerful Washington player takes on Walgreens to protect tiny Antarctic krill

The Antarctic krill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans, are a key part of the ocean’s food chain for whales, penguins and seals. Increasingly, krill have also become part of the human food chain — krill oil, with omega-3 fatty acids, is advertised as a wonder drug that may help combat heart health, high cholesterol and even improve our moods.

Arts, Culture & Media

India's Antarctic base

India and Antarctica figure in the Geo Quiz. India is more than 8,000 miles from the South Pole. So that's how far a team of researchers will travel on India's first scientific expedition to the Pole. We're looking for the name of the science base.

Business, Finance & Economics

A powerful Washington player takes on Walgreens to protect tiny Antarctic krill

The Antarctic krill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans, are a key part of the ocean’s food chain for whales, penguins and seals. Increasingly, krill have also become part of the human food chain — krill oil, with omega-3 fatty acids, is advertised as a wonder drug that may help combat heart health, high cholesterol and even improve our moods.

Science, Tech & Environment

A rare colossal squid was dissected in New Zealand — and you can watch it on YouTube

Last summer in the southern hemisphere, a fishing vessel in the Antarctic Ocean pulled up a rare creature — a 770-pound colossal squid. Only one other such animal had been pulled up intact before, surprisingly, by the same vessel. It is thought that the giant marine beast might be the origin of legends of undersea monsters. Scientists in New Zealand froze it to preserve it and just defrosted and dissected it.