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Cold comforts: Scott’s Hut in Cape Evans. Photograph: Michael Morrison

When Stefanie White returned to her home in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, from Antarctica last autumn she did so as a new member of an exclusive group tha(...)

Rescue workers make their way from a helicopter to the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve. Photograph: Chris Turney/Reuters

The long-awaited helicopter rescue of passengers on board a research ship trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week has successfully concluded.The(...)

Barbara Tucker, a passenger on the trapped ship Akademik Shokalskiy, looks at an Adelie penguin walking by on the ice off East Antarctica yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Andrew Peacock

Ice that has trapped a Russian ship with 74 people on board in Antarctica appeared to be cracking up yesterday, raising hopes for a rescue as a powerf(...)

An image of the Akademik Shokalskiy today which is trapped in ice in the Antarctic. Photograph: EPA

A Chinese icebreaker trying to reach a Russian ship trapped in Antarctica has been halted by thick ice within sight of the stricken vessel and an A(...)

A still  taken from a YouTube video of Commander Chris Hadfield performing a cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Photograph: Commander Chris Hadfield/YouTube

Former International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield captured the attention of the world with his use of social media. He was in Ireland ove(...)

Cheese made using bacteria from the human armpit, bellybutton and foot, from Science Gallery exhibition Grow Your Own

Is it too early to start looking back at 2013? No? Well then let’s revive some of the more unusual science stories that made an appearance this year. (...)

Artist John Kelly with a piece from one of his Cow Up a Tree series

‘How is one to be creative in the remotest, coldest, windiest and bleakest continent on Earth?” asks Irish-Australian artist John Kelly, who is curren(...)

File photo of a man places his hand on the parched soil in the Greater Upper Nile region of north-eastern South Sudan, Africa. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire
Key findings of IPCC report

Leading climate scientists said today they were more certain than ever before that mankind was the main culprit of global warming in a report meant to(...)

Pod complex: Jean-Louis Etienne’s proposed ‘polar pod’  will float vertically, drifting around the Antarctic, led by the current.

Practise spending time with yourself, and don’t panic when things go wrong. Those are two lessons for life the French explorer Dr Jean-Louis Etienn(...)

Melting ice around the world is raising sea level by about 3.2mm a year

Fifteen seals are set to advance the cause of science, helping researchers to understand why the west Antarctic ice sheet is melting so fast. Robots w(...)

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