Antarctic Headlines 12/29/2019

Rowers become first to cross infamous Drake Passage unassisted
The Japan Times, 2019-12-29
They dodged icebergs, held their breaths as giant whales breached near their small boat and rode building-sized waves while rowing 24 hours a day toward Antarctica. The team of men from four countries finished crossing the Drake Passage on Wednesday in just under two weeks after pushing off from the southern tip of South America. “This is a …

What is the point of sending four ‘Ice Queens’ to Antarctica?
Free Malaysia Today, 2019-12-28
On Christmas Day, the team members of the All Women Expedition to Antarctica (Aweta) reached the south pole. Their mission was to retrieve a time capsule which was buried in the ice cap in 2004. This expedition was planned in 2017, when the women …

Chile: Plane that vanished en route to Antarctica found
BND, 2019-12-12
Searchers combing Antarctic seas have recovered parts of a military transport plane and human remains belonging to some of the 38 people aboard who vanished en route to the frozen continent, Chilean officials said Thursday. Air Force Gen. Arturo Merino …

The news cycle isn’t all doom and gloom. Here are the good news stories you missed in 2019
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2019-12-28
“Hopefully, these koalas will breed and a new population of koalas will be established for return to the wild.” A population of humpback whales off the coast of South America and Antarctica has bounced back from near-extinction in an example of the powerful impact of conservation measures. Hundreds of thousands of humpback whales were killed …

Team including Japanese researchers use sea turtles to predict ocean temperature change
The Japan Times, 2019-12-29
Since sea turtles cannot be used in the cold Antarctic Sea, the marine biologists are using seals to measure the sea temperature there instead. “If we can choose an animal that migrates in each sea area, we will be able to create an observation network covering the oceans globally,” Sato said.

Countdown: The top stories you need to watch for in 2020!
Navy Times, 2019-12-29
“You’ve got to have draft,” said retired Coast Guard Capt. Lawson Brigham, the former commander of the icebreaker Polar Sea during expeditions through the Arctic and Antarctic. “You’ve got to have depth of water. You’ve got to have a proper place to moor ships, not necessarily in the ice. An Aegis-class cruiser or destroyer can’t …

Qatari teams ace Arab Police Championship races
Gulf Times, 2019-12-23
The Qatari men’s team secured first place in the 10km race while the women’s team won first prize in the 6km race at the eighth Arab Police Championship, held at Aspire Park. The event was organised by the Arab Police Sports Federation. Tunisia and …

NASA set to launch space laser to track Earth’s melting ice
thehindu.com, 2018-08-30
ICESat-2, scheduled to be launched on September 12 will measure the average annual elevation change of land ice covering Greenland and Antarctica NASA is set to launch the most advanced laser instrument of its kind in to the space next month, to measure …

Bats, a friend of Idaho farmers, draw Boise State biologist’s interest
Idaho Statesman, 2016-06-05
Studies have shown that they can eat as many as 1,200 insects in an hour. And they’re found on every continent except Antarctica, meaning they’re helping balance the population of problem insects around the world. Regionally, the recent confirmation of …

Earth’s last magnetic field reversal took 22,000 years, longer than expected
Upi.com, 2019-08-08
To better understand how the so-called Matuyama-Brunhes reversal played out, scientists surveyed a variety of geomagnetic clues hidden in lava flows, ocean sediments and Antarctic ice cores. Over the last several years, scientists have developed more and …

Earth’s last magnetic field reversal took 22,000 years, longer than expected
Upi.com, 2019-08-08
To better understand how the so-called Matuyama-Brunhes reversal played out, scientists surveyed a variety of geomagnetic clues hidden in lava flows, ocean sediments and Antarctic ice cores. Over the last several years, scientists have developed more and …

Why the view straight across the ocean from Massachusetts doesn’t always lead to Europe
Boston.com, 2016-04-01
Following an inquiry by Boston.com, Woodruff generously did a few more calculations for local Bay State spots, determining the coastline angles and projecting where the view straight across the ocean from each of them would lead. “Of course a lot of …

Princess Cruises Announces End of Year Sale Offering Savings of 40 Percent
PR Newswire, 2019-11-01
Now through December 10, 2019, the sale includes cruises to scenic destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Hawaii, and California Coast, South Pacific, South America & Antarctica, Japan, Asia, and Australia & New Zealand. Guests looking to …

Lost your holiday snaps? Seal poos out USB full of someone’s photos
Metro, 2019-02-06
“It is very worrying that these amazing Antarctic animals have plastic like this inside them,” said Ms Warren. Leopard seals are the second biggest seal species in the Antarctic, after the elephant seal, known for their spotted fur. Maltese mogul …

Kristen Wiig in Talks to Star in Richard Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’
TheWrap, 2017-03-23
Just before the family is set to go on a vacation to Antarctica, she vanishes without a trace, sending her husband and daughter on a quest to find her. Wiig is in talks to play Audrey, the family’s neighbor. Also Read: Will Kristen Wiig Go Full Frontal …

KU makes Final Four — with its museum
The Kansas City Star, 2016-02-29
The story goes that when Roy Williams coached the Kansas Jayhawks, he would take recruits to the school’s Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum. “No other school you could go to has a place like this,” Williams told them. It’s not clear …

Mile posts: Mark Cooper goes to ends of earth for running races
The Des Moines Register, 2015-03-16
The three were the Big 5 Marathon in South Africa, the Antarctic Ice Marathon in Antarctica and the previously mentioned North Pole Marathon. He shared two 15-minute videos from Antarctica and the North Pole that showed vividly the extreme conditions faced …

‘Fast & Furious’ star Paul Walker dies in crash
Inquirer Entertainment, 2013-12-01
Walker starred in other films, including the crime thriller “Running Scared,” the Antarctic adventure “Eight Below” and the heist film “Takers.” Though his stardom didn’t make as much of an impact outside the “Fast & Furious” series …

Xi calls on the world “to tear down the walls” of protectionism and unilateralism
MercoPress, 2019-12-27
President Xi Jinping on Tuesday pledged to further open China’s economy, declaring the world must “tear down walls” as he opened an annual trade fair in Shanghai. Xi addressed an audience including French President Emmanuel Macron at the import …