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The Penguin and the Piper

In 1904, William Speirs Bruce led the second voyage of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition to the frozen continent. The ship, the Scotia, was trapped in ice for four days along the route. While the expedition was stuck, they continued to take geographical and meteorological observations and measurements. But the ship’s bagpiper, Gilbert Kerr, took [...]

The Missing Links: An 18-Mile Ice Cube

The HMS Bounty Is Lost Getty Images Yesterday I posted a link about a famous ship used in the filming of several movies, which had to be abandoned. The ship has now sunk and some members of the crew are missing. * Enough Already Cracked presents a few pop culture arguments that we’ve all had [...]

The Escape Velocity of Emperor Penguins

  The November issue of Nationakl Geographic magazine has a special section on Antarctica’s emperor penguins called Escape Velocity. You can see some large-format photographs from the feature by award-winning wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen, showing penguins in their finest form swimming, hunting for food, and escaping predators in their natural environment at the Neatolrama Spotlight blog. [...]

Scott’s wrecked ship Terra Nova discovered

The ship used by Captain Robert Scott on his doomed trip to Antarctica has been located off Greenland. While the ship survived Scott’s expedition, it …

Snowmobile Chopper

Weather is no obstacle or excuse for the committed motorcyclist–even the extremes of Antarctic weather. That’s why Bob Sawicki and Toby Weisser, two mechanics at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, built this chopper-style snowmobile from scraps four years ago: “This is what McMurdo is throwing away,” Sawicki proudly pointed out to a visitor gawking at the heavy-framed snowmobile. [...]

Antarctica was lined with trees 15M years ago

Parts of Antarctica would have enjoyed a warmer climate ripe with greenery around 15 million years ago. The change would have come about temporarily d…

Messing with Mother Nature: The Macquarie Island Ecosystem

The story of the Macquarie Island ecosystem may remind you of the song about the woman who swallowed a fly. The island was exploited mercilessly, but various plans to repair the damage had their own unintended consequences. Introducing a non-native species to control another invasive species can backfire and escalate the situation to ridiculous and [...]

Third Rock Fire Pit

Rick Wittrig designed this fire pit in the shape of our world, in which the flames arise from each continent (except Antarctica, where the fuel is). An artful metaphor? Here’s your Earth, add the fire, watch the wind, and keep some water ready. Each one is hand made, and for sale. Link  -via Laughing Squid

Penguin Paparazzi

Photographer David C. Shultz attracted the attention of the Emperor penguins he was shooting in Antarctica. The curious birds had to check out the equipment, which led to some funny photo opportunities! See more pictures at Buzzfeed. Link (Image credit: David C. Shultz)

At the Libraries: RIP Jan Berenstain

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! You know you loved those Berenstain Bears books, and I bet your kids do, too (even if your tastes have changed). A sad announcement, then: creator [...]