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

This Tricycle Is Headed Across the South Pole

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. » 12/22/13 8:00pm 12/22/13 8:00pm

This Is the New South Pole

There's a new Geographic South Pole Marker, a pretty shiny metal pole that marks the actual geographic pole. Since the ice sheet that covers Antarctica moves, the previous marker moves along—about 10 meters from its real position. So the scientists from the Amundsen-Scott base celebrate each New Year by unveiling a… » 1/25/13 9:01am 1/25/13 9:01am

Top of the First Antarctic Explorers' Packing List: Lots and Lots of…

Headed out to explore the frigid Arctic? Better pack some blow. Scottish author Gavin Francis details the medical supplies early 20th century expeditions took on their treks to the South Pole, and they read more like the inventory list of a heavily stocked drug den than a voyage to the coldest place on the planet. » 9/28/12 12:40pm 9/28/12 12:40pm

Witness the Happiness That Cheese Doodles Cause After Wandering the…

This is Aleksander Gamme, a Norwegian man who had been wandering the South Pole for 86 days when he found his last cache hidden in the snow—one he left on his way in. He didn't take notes and he couldn't remember what was in it. » 4/01/12 3:00pm 4/01/12 3:00pm

This Isn't an Outpost on Another Planet, It's the South Pole

Does it get cooler than this? A telescope, called BICEP, collecting data on BLACK BATTER, located on the SOUTH POLE. I think that it does not. It's hard to believe something this incredible looking is found on earth. » 1/13/11 7:20pm 1/13/11 7:20pm

The Best Science of the Year

2010 was a great year for Science. NASA's space plane (and the Dolly lineage) were resurrected while a secret laboratory Neturino observatory was built under the South Pole. Check out our best science stories of the year! » 12/31/10 4:40pm 12/31/10 4:40pm

The Gear That Won the Race to the South Pole

In 1910, two expeditions, one led by an adventurer, the other by a scientist, raced to become the first to reach the South Pole. Only one of the teams had the equipment and experience necessary to make it back alive. » 5/29/10 8:00pm 5/29/10 8:00pm