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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(...)

“Antarctica is like nowhere else on earth”, the only continent where people cannot live unaided. The first real attempts to penetrate its inter(...)

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