The 5 Most Impressive Infrastructure Projects of the Year

Each year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gives out an award to celebrate the sheer size and complexity and awesomeness of infrastructure projects built by Americans. From an Antarctic research station on hydraulic stilts to an flyover railroad crossing, this year's five finalists are truly remarkable. » 8/07/14 9:00am 8/07/14 9:00am

The Power Went Out At This Antarctic Research Station While It Was -67F

It's been a very, very cold winter in Antarctica, with scientists reporting record lows all over the continent. Which makes the fact that researchers living on the Brunt Ice Shelf lost power for 19 hours even scarier. Today, the British Antarctic Survey announced it's halting all science until the situation gets… » 8/06/14 6:15pm 8/06/14 6:15pm

Antarctica is actually an amazingly colorful place

If you thought Antarctica was a shell of frozen white and blue, that a look at these surprisingly colorful pictures by photographer Gaston Lacombe. Taken over a two-month visit to the continent, the white is painted by brushes of algae, penguin poo and krill. He told us how this hue magic happens. » 6/27/14 1:19am 6/27/14 1:19am

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 2:00pm 5/12/14 2:00pm

Dedicated Pedestrians Reach South Pole in One Piece

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole—on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, he was here with us in New York City walking us through the expedition's high-tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New… » 12/27/13 7:30am 12/27/13 7:30am

An incredible photo of a colonial base in an alien world called Earth

This otherworldly photo is so amazingly weird and exotic that you may think it comes from a secret colonial base in the Jovian moon of Europa. In reality, it's the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica as photographed by Antony Dubber, the chef of the British Antarctic Survey. » 12/14/13 1:33pm 12/14/13 1:33pm