Ancient viruses found in Tibetan glacier

It sounds like the opening scene of an apocalyptic movie: scientists drilling ice cores from an ancient glacier uncover archaic, previously unknown viruses. But that’s exactly what a team of scientists from Ohio State University (OSU) has achieved by sampling 15,000-year-old ice cores from the Tibetan Plateau in China. What they found, as reported this … Continue reading Ancient viruses found in Tibetan glacier

Atmospheric rivers help create sea ice holes

Long “atmospheric rivers” help create massive holes in Antarctic sea ice and may influence ocean conditions around the vast continent, according to new research. Scientists studied the impact of the intense plumes of warm and moist air that flow to the polar environment from the coast of South America and found that their repeated arrival … Continue reading Atmospheric rivers help create sea ice holes