News tagged with polar vortex

Research explores natural selection in action

The extreme "polar vortex" winter of 2013–14 did more than set records across the United States; it created conditions for a Harvard graduate student to explore something rarely observed by biologists: natural selection ...

dateAug 30, 2017 in Plants & Animals
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STO2 landed and data secured

The STO2 telescope with Dutch detectors on board that circled around the South Pole in December 2016 to investigate gas clouds between the stars landed safely on 30 December.

dateJan 20, 2017 in Space Exploration
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What is the polar vortex?

The polar vortex is a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth's poles. It ALWAYS exists near the poles, but weakens in summer and strengthens in winter. The term "vortex" refers to the counter-clockwise ...

dateDec 15, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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