Our favorite autonomous underwater vehicle, Boaty McBoatface, has completed a two-month mission in which it explored a massive ice shelf in Antarctica’s southern Weddell Sea. Swimming nearly a kilometer beneath the surface, and with hardly any human assistance or oversight, Boaty spent over 50 hours directly beneath…
Nobody set foot on Antarctica until 1895. Over a century later, the immense landmass is still hardly populated and not officially owned by any government. But paperwork and map lines aren’t what makes flying and driving there so hard. It’s the ridiculous, relentless cold.
The vibrations and salt buildup inside of the evaporators led to a few broken pipes. The engines required constant fine-tuning. Leaks were a regular nuisance. A fuel or oil line would break or a gasket would give away. The piping of two of the fuel tanks cracked, which required engineers to weld them back together.…
America has a new predator, and it’s thriving in the northeast. Meanwhile, the outdoor economy is starting to throw its weight around in Washington DC (also home to coywolves) and an engineer has busted a popular survival myth with math. This is What’s New Outside.
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.
Nineteen year old Parker Liautaud has just set a speed record for skiing from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole, followed by a beastly Toyota Hilux 6x6 to manage communications and collect data pertaining to climate change.
Right now three people are competing in a bike race from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole. The winner will be the first person to bike there ever. And 35-year-old Maria Leijerstam is attempting to trike there on a really weird/badass-looking tricycle.
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.
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…
A team of researchers made the 3,000-mile round trip journey from Novo Air Base to the South Pole in a team of four jet-fueled Toyota Hiluxes outfitted by Arctic Trucks to stand up to the Antarctic cold.
To get this video, Russian extreme climber Valery Rozov had to travel to Antarctica, climb nearly 10,000 feet up a mountain in -22 F conditions, and then jump off in a wing suit. It was worth it.
The Clelia II, an Antarctic cruise ship with 160 people onboard, lost an engine in a severe storm off the coast of Argentina and has to limp to port. Even big boats have problems with 30-foot waves.
Antarctica is one of the most extreme climates in the world, inhabited by approximately 1,000 to 5,000 researchers and support staff. Surviving in this barren penguin-inhabited wasteland requires some of the most extreme land vehicles in the world.
Designer James Moon's concept snow tracker, called Ninety Degrees South, could be the ultimate niche vehicle. It's projected as an extreme SUV (the first letter standing for "scientist's") that can travel over Antarctica's unique terrain of rocks and snow. A novel interplay of tracks and wheels, driven by a…