The Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Started to Collapse and Nothing Can Stop It

For decades, scientists have feared the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet—a vast swath of ice that could unleash a slow but unstoppable 10-foot rise in sea levels if it melted. So here is today's terrible news: we now know the ice sheet is melting. And there's pretty much nothing we can do about it. » 5/12/14 3:29pm 5/12/14 3:29pm

They Used To Use Hovercraft To Slide Across The Antarctic Desert

Antarctica can be a punishing, lonely place. Humanity has never let either of those notions stop them from exploring our punishing, lonely planet, though. And when we go exploring, we prefer to do it at great speed. That's what made hovercraft the ideal vehicle for the icy Southern wastes. » 11/02/13 10:10am 11/02/13 10:10am

This was the first car in Antarctica

One hundred years ago yesterday — December 14th, 1911 — Roald Admundsen and his team of Norwegian explorers became the first humans to reach the South Pole, pulled by sled dogs. But it wasn't until 1963 that the first production car landed on Antarctic shores, a mostly-stock VW Beetle known as "the Red Terror." This… » 12/15/11 12:00pm 12/15/11 12:00pm